Today’s families are created in a variety of ways and with people that may or may not be related. No matter how the family is defined, there are times when the family as a unit is having problems. Family issues can be due to one person within the family or several family members. These issues often need someone outside the family to help everyone identify and manage the problems constructively. If you’re reading this information, it’s likely that your family could benefit from a therapist’s help.
Family therapy can help blended families overcome problems and start to work together as a family. It can help families manage grief and the feeling of loss that comes with a divorce or separation. Therapy can help family members learn about substance abuse, mental health disorders, or chronic medical conditions, and how best to manage the person suffering from those issues. It can help non-traditional families, such as those with LGBTQ issues or grandparents adjusting to being parents to grandchildren. It can also help the family adjust to major life events.
As many different types of family structures in society, there are at least that many variations of problems a family may need to manage. A therapist can help the family manage the issues with care and understanding for each other. Therapy works through education, sharing information, and learning new skills.
It’s best if all members of the family can attend sessions. The therapist will need to observe how everyone interacts together in order to give meaningful feedback and help address issues. The more information shared with the therapist, the more effective treatment can be for the family. All family members need to try to keep an open mind so understanding and support for each other can grow. The therapist will give suggestions to try outside of the sessions, and it will be important for everyone to follow through and report back to celebrate strategies that work and adjust any that are less successful. Expect therapy to take a few sessions to be effective. It will take time for your family members to embrace and make the changes needed.
If your family is located in the Sacramento, CA area, contact Lauren Lowe to discuss your family and current problems today. She can give you a brief idea about how family therapy can help your family’s unique situation.