Family therapy is a way of working with families to help them to solve problems, develop strategies to manage their difficulties, and become happier and more fulfilled. It also provides a way for families to get to know each other better and learn more about what matters to them.
It’s important to understand that all families struggle at one point or another, and there’s nothing wrong with accepting support. Many families benefit from an objective, third-party point of view, and they appreciate having the chance to talk openly. Are you considering group therapy for your family? Taking this step can be challenging, but we believe all parties will benefit from it. To give you an idea of what to expect, we’ve outlined the four main goals of family therapy below.
The 4 Most Common Goals of Family Therapy
1. Working to Understand Family Dynamics in a Safe Environment
Family therapists focus on achieving this goal within the first few sessions. Before they can help, they need to know what your family’s situation is. For instance, a therapist might ask why you sought out family therapy. They may want to know about previous conflicts, prior incidents and current concerns. Family therapists work to understand patterns of behavior in a family and what can be done to improve them. Discussing family dynamics at home may lead to conflict, and this can be a major roadblock for everyone. In a safe environment, however, everyone is encouraged to be open and honest.
2. Examining and Reforming Communication Styles
In family therapy, the most crucial goal is to communicate. For some families, this may be especially difficult. A family therapist will help you engage and interact in a way that is respectful. With that being said, initiating communication is only the first step. From there, families will learn how to communicate effectively. This means listening to each other, speaking with empathy and understanding each other’s needs.
3. Improving the Family’s Problem-Solving Skills
In most cases, family therapists won’t try to pin down the exact cause of a problem. It’s common for individuals to point the finger at one another when this occurs, which does little to help the healing process. Instead, your therapist will focus on learning to problem-solve. Additionally, they’ll ask about a stressful situation and how the family responded to it. This will help them better understand the behavioral patterns that typically lead to conflict. When families understand their habits, they’ll also be better equipped to change them.
4. Reducing Pressure Points and Conflict Escalation
The ultimate goal of family therapy is to limit conflict, not to eliminate it completely. Families will always have challenges to face, but family therapy can help you face them with candor. Ideally, families should walk away feeling a weight lifted from their shoulders. Each family member should be able to communicate openly and problem-solve rather than escalating conflict unnecessarily.
Receive the Benefits of Family Therapy at Lead4Life, Inc.
Could your family benefit from family therapy? Visit our website and check out our Family Therapy programs for more information, or contact us at 240-499-8949. At Lead4Life, we strive to empower every participant in our programs so that they may find their purpose, achieve their goals, and become poised, productive members of their community. We advocate for those in need and assist each and every individual by providing compassionate education and valuable resources and tools so that they can make the very best decisions and develop important life, social, and competency skills.