When multiple members of a family can be engaged in therapy, it allows for better functioning and more comprehensive solutions. Family therapy builds cohesion among family members by developing consistent and responsive leadership within the family structure. In the process of family therapy, family members communicate more clearly and develop guidelines that are grounded in respect and appreciation for all. This approach builds trust, fosters understanding, and prepares family members for success in many other relational endeavors throughout life.
There are a number of normal developmental challenges that family members face in life, and family therapy can help to find resilient responses to these challenges.
*Parents in young families and blended families have to negotiate to take on the challenges of parenting, financial responsibilites, and find time to sustain the intimacy in their relationship.
*Families with adolescents are faced with the challenge of establishing boundaries that are flexible, negotiable, and appropriate for the young adolescent who begins to emerge as independent and self-sufficient.
*Families with parents who are middle aged may have to handle the declining health of grandparents and readjust when younger members leave home.
These developmental challenges can be complicated by divorce, the death of a parent or child, trauma, physical illness, and a number of other factors that are sometimes outside of the family’s control. Family therapy can help to generate hope and foster new strategies to adjust to these challenges.
Family therapy can help families with issues of family secrets, estrangement, co-dependency, addictions, adoption, and stopping generational dysfunction.