Acknowledging the hurt
An act of humility and love
When parents acknowledge the family system is hurting and in need of help this reflects an act of humility and love. Parenting by its very nature involves vulnerability as this vocation presents the depth of your desire to flourish as a family while also experiencing your own limitations to foster this way of life. For a variety of reasons, families can find themselves struggling to get along with each other and need someone to help untie the knots.
Therapy as a shared responsibility
Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to look at the whole of family interactions and to improve the interactions of all family members. The therapist does not see the problem residing in just one individual but about how the system functions together. Each family member impacts the other in ways that contribute to the problem or solution. This type of therapy involves a balance between working with the parent(s), child, and the entire family.
Situations Leading to Therapy
An effective course of family therapy can offer improvement in developing healthier boundaries, effective coping skills, deeper emotional bonds among family members, and reduced conflict. It is common in working with an adolescent to include some family therapy sessions. Some of the common life stressors that lead to family therapy include:
mental health diagnosis
major trauma in the family
loss of a loved one
blended family changes
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