What is Family therapy?
Family therapy is an approach that looks at each client within the context of their family in order to provide them with the best possible support. By including me in their family environment, I can help family members improve their interactions and dynamics.
In this approach, each family member has a unique role, such as a father, mother, stepparent, son, daughter, grandparent, and so on. However, these roles can sometimes lead to problems and difficulties due to life transitions, divorce, loss, cultural gaps, and more.
In such situations, multiple members of the family may be involved and want to contribute to solving the problem in a professional and effective manner. As a therapist, I use family therapy approaches and systemic perspectives to address these issues and help families build stronger relationships and communication skills.
Families with 2SLGBTQ+ Members
There are several ways in which I can support families with LGBTQ+ members. Some of the things I can do include:
- Providing a safe and non-judgmental space for family members to share their feelings and experiences.
- Helping family members understand and accept their LGBTQ+ loved one’s identity.
- Working with families to redefine roles and boundaries to create a supportive and inclusive environment for their LGBTQ+ loved one.
- Providing education and resources on LGBTQ+ issues, including the coming out process, gender identity, and sexual orientation
- Helping families navigate legal and societal challenges that may arise due to their LGBTQ+ loved one’s identity.
It’s important for families to know that they don’t have to go through this process alone and that there is support available to help them navigate this journey.
What are the possible issues then people seek for family therapy?
- Unclear boundaries among family members.
- Communication difficulties between family members.
- Stressful family gatherings and holidays.
- A family member who requires constant care or support.
- Conflicts between siblings or extended family members.
- Intergenerational conflicts.
- Estrangement between family members.
- Minor issues that have escalated into larger problems.
- Unresolved past trauma within the family.
- Parenting style conflicts.
- Significant life transitions such as divorce or marriage.
- Issues specific to blended families
How does Family therapy work?
In Family therapy, I aim to assess the family by understanding their history, communication patterns, and dynamics to develop long-term strategies for improvement. Psychological, behavioral, and emotional problems can all be addressed in family counseling. I view a family as a system, which means that a change in one family member can impact others. Therefore, I work with all family members to identify problems from their respective perspectives and find possible solutions, equip them with useful tools, foster compromise when needed, and create a harmonious and enjoyable home environment. To achieve this, I use an integrated approach that incorporates evidence-based treatments such as systems approaches, attachment-based, emotion-focused, Gestalt, Humanistic/Client-Centred and Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic.