In the opening of Anna Karenina , Tolstoy wrote” “All happy families resemble one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Every family member may be unhappy in its own way, but we all stumble over the same familiar challenges of family life.
What Is Family Therapy?
Essentially it focuses on altering the interaction between or among family members and seeks to improve the functioning of the family as a unit, and the functioning of individual members of the family.
When Does Family Therapy Help?
When a family member is having a problem such as with school, substance abuse, or high level of conflict
- Trauma or change that impacts the entire family
- Family loss
- Adjustment to stages of the family life cycle
- Domestic violence
- Parent Conflict
What Are the Benefits of Family Therapy?
A good course of family therapy can help on many levels:
- Develops and maintains healthy boundaries
- Fosters cohesion and communication among family members
- Promotes problem-solving through understanding of family patterns and dynamics
- Builds empathy and understanding
- Reduces family conflict