Family therapy can teach you and the members of your family to deepen emotional connections. Family therapy can help when there is grief, anger or conflict or when there are troubled relationships with your spouse, children, or other family members. Members use counseling to address specific issues such as conflict between parents and children, or the impact of mental illness on the entire family.
Family therapy is meant to help you and your family members understand one another better and bring you closer together. It may include all family members or just those who have specific issues to work out together. Family therapy typically brings several family members together for therapy sessions. However, a family member may also see a family therapist individually.
During family therapy, you can:
- Explore your family’s ability to solve problems and communicate thoughts and emotions
- Consider family roles and behavior patterns which may contribute to conflict while finding ways to work through those issues
- Identify your each member’s strengths, such as caring for one another, and weaknesses, such as difficulty confiding in one another