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Family Therapy

Every person struggles with problems differently on an individual level, with varying degrees of difficulty. Outside help in the form of therapy or counseling can be a great source of help in dealing with these issues. However, there are times when the problems are not individually rooted. They stem from, or are caused by ineffective family dynamics. These types of conflicts are best resolved by familial intervention, a method of improving communications and interactions among the family members who are involved.

Counseling for the entire family is based on an extensive framework that takes into consideration the opinions and views of every person present at the session. The purpose of family counseling is to allow families’ support to grow and develop more satisfying relationships. 

There are no definitive guidelines as to when a family should collectively seek professional help, however, the most common reasons include:

  • Substance or other types of addictions

  • Sudden or traumatic loss of a loved one

  • Divorce, marital conflicts or separation

  • Prolonged illness of a family member

  • Relocation or job change

  • Birth of a child

  • Adoption

  • Child behavior issues

  • Teen behavior issues

  • Child/parent conflict

  • Sibling rivalry

  • Child separation anxiety

  • Communication issues

  • In-law interference

  • Family conflict


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Family Therapy is an interactive form of counseling that benefits the entire family. A few advantages of family counseling include:

  • Identifying sources of conflict and anxiety among family members

  • Reestablishing communication between family members

  • Allowing better expression of difficult emotions

  • Giving family members an understanding of each other’s perspectives through their own experiences

  • Understanding and respecting the points of view and opinions of other family members

  • Allowing family members to value each other’s wants and needs

  • Helping navigate the stresses of difficult circumstances in a more positive manner

  • Instilling a deeper sense of empathy towards one another


Family Therapy is designed to restore balance within the dynamics of a family. For the process to be most beneficial, it is essential to involve all family members being affected by the current negative or stressful issues that are impacting the family. The family therapist can also help to assess who may be important to include. 

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