s your family going through a rough patch? Whether the issue itself, stems from a lack of understanding between those involved, sibling conflict, or developmental disagreements with a child, a difficult situation can have an effect on the entire family. Family therapy, can be helpful when problems arise and can help restore and improve communication.
Family therapy can help open up a line of dialogue and communication and can help family members understand each other’s perspectives. This makes it easier to resolve disputes. During sessions, each member has the ability to learn ways of communicating better, as well as develop techniques to de-escalate arguments while making sure that everybody is getting heard. This can also help with parenting problems such as conflicting parenting styles, rule enforcement and remaining consistent with your child once the rules are established.
Family therapy can be used in addition to individual treatment. The goal is to improve relationships and improve methods of communication and conflict resolution. Families are a unique ecosystem, and issues affecting one member of a family can reverberate and affect the whole unit. In some instances, the sessions can heal emotional wounds in a short period of time.
More detailed information on difficulties families experience is listed below:
Family Conflict Behaviors:
- Constant or frequent conflict with parents and/or siblings.
- A family that is not a stable source of positive influence or support, since family members have little or no contact with each other.
- Ongoing conflict with parents, which is characterized by parents fostering dependence leading to feelings that the parents are overly involved.
- Maintaining a residence with parents and unable to live independently for more than a brief period.
- Long period of non-communication with parents, and description of self as the "black sheep."
- Remarriage of two parties, both of whom bring children into the marriage from previous relationships.
- Frequent or continual arguing with partner.
- Lack of communication with partner.
- A pattern of angry projection of responsibility for the conflicts onto partner.
- Marital separation.
- Pending divorce.
- Involvement in multiple intimate relationships at the same time.
- Physical and/or verbal abuse in a relationship.
- A pattern of superficial or no communication, infrequent or no sexual contact, excessive involvement in activities (work or recreation) that allows for avoidance of closeness to partner.
- A pattern of repeated broken, conflicted relationships due to the lack of problem-solving skills, maintaining a trust relationship, or choosing abusive or dysfunctional partners.
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