Johnny was having trouble in school, his grades were failing and there was a lot of tension in the house. Johnny was not getting along with his brother. His mom and dad were concerned, but they didn’t know what to do or where to start.
What brings us to family therapy
Sometimes one person in the family begins to act out because the entire family is in distress. It is important to understand that this person is brave and loving and is only acting as a symptom of larger issues within the family. This person is signaling to the outside world that help is needed in this family and that he or she is not the only one who needs it.
Benefits of family therapy
In considering family therapy we need to understand that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors occur within the context of relationships. Our family is the primary context for each individual member and as time progresses, the family context continuously changes and transforms.
Therapy can provide insight into the pressures that can form from both within and from outside the family. Therapy can identify strengths and weaknesses as well as work within the context of the family to cope with challenging situations and bring healing and positive transformation to each member.
When one person changes the whole family changes.
Family therapy allows the entire family to build stronger relationships and develop better communication skills.
Under the guidance of a psychologist and child behavior expert, parents can learn about the needs of their child or children and identify strategies to giving them what they need.
Research into evidence-based practice has shown us that family therapy is an effective treatment for a range of child problems.
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