Are you considering family behavior therapy

Whether or not a family lives together under one roof or ten thousand miles apart from one another, they often seek therapy for the same reasons. Clashing personalities and ideologies, addictions within the family, divorce, and unhealthy sibling and step-sibling rivalry are just a few situations that can be significantly improved with dedicated, full-participation therapy. 

Read our list of resources for those who may be seeking therapy for the first time. 

What is Family Behavior Therapy? 

Family counseling aims to address psychological, behavioral, and emotional issues that cause family problems. The main principle of family behavior therapy centers around the fact that individual problems must be examined within the family structure and how it affects others within the unit.  

Family Therapy Can Help With: 

Family therapy can help with a wide range of issues, including: 

  • Major family trauma, such as an unexpected death in the family 
  • Divorce or parental conflict 
  • Any major changes, such as moving to a new state, adopting a child, or remarriage
  • Poor or negative communication patterns 
  • Troubled relationships and conflict resolution
  • Instances of addiction or severe mental illness of an individual in the family 

Essentially, family behavior therapy can be an intervention in any family situation that causes stress, grief, conflict, or anger. It can help build better individual coping and communication skills, allowing the family to better understand one another and move forward from trauma. 

A Typical Session

Family therapy works best when all family members participate, although individuals may also wish to see the therapist alone. Depending on your family’s circumstances and situation, a therapist may recommend few or many sessions. Initial conversations in family therapy might look like:

  • Exploring family roles, set rules, and behavior patterns to identify sources of conflict
  • Identifying family strengths, such as caring for each other, and weaknesses, such as difficulties with conflict resolution 
  • Examining the family’s problem-solving capabilities, as well as their ability to express thoughts and emotions in a healthy and productive way 

A Happier, Healthier Family 

While family therapy cannot make stressors go away, it can greatly increase a family’s ability to navigate difficult situations together. When each family member can make the cognitive and behavioral changes necessary to communicate well, stronger relationships often follow. The benefits of family therapy include: 

  • Developing a supportive family environment
  • Allowing family members to establish healthy boundaries
  • Deeper empathy 
  • Resolving conflicts and helping family members forgive each other
  • More effective communication
  • Creating trusting, honest relationships 
  • Bringing home isolated family members 

Taking the leap to try family behavior therapy is difficult, but it is worth it. Address the issues now so all members of your family can feel loved and cared for. 

Schedule Family Therapy

If you’re interested in learning more about family therapy and the ways that it can help you to have a happier, healthier family, contact us today by phone at 925.324.4514 or online. We have the skills and experience to help guide you through any situation you and your family face. We look forward to hearing from you.