Who needs family therapy? The short answer is that every family can benefit. You don’t need to be going through a crisis or time of change to benefit from family therapy. However, there are certain situations that can make this kind of therapy extra useful.
Because family therapy works mainly to help all members of a family feel seen and heard, it’s something that can be useful and helpful at any time. There is no drawback to engaging in family therapy. In fact, it can help make strong families even stronger and can help address issues within families that are going through a difficult time to help those families come to a place of strength and understanding.
Here are some scenarios in which family therapy may be particularly beneficial:
Transition to Adolescence
When a child in the family system transitions to adolescence, this can be a major time of change. The child, themselves, is experiencing changes – internally and externally – that they are beginning to learn to cope with. Additionally, this shift can create a change within the family system as a whole. A family operates as a unit. When it’s used to operating a certain way, with everyone playing their part, the operations shift once one member transitions roles. Moving from a child to an adolescent is one of the most drastic times of change in life. It makes sense that it would create a ripple effect.
Learning how to operate in a healthy way as a whole is important during this time. Additionally, the child who is experiencing the transition may need extra support to feel heard and seen by their parents. Parents may need help learning how to adjust to this new state of things. Other members of the family may need specific things, as well.
Even before any upheaval occurs, it may be smart to consider family therapy in anticipation of this transition. Proactive steps can be preventative in the long run.
Out of all of the things that can affect a family, loss is one of the most significant. When a family deals with loss, it affects the family unit as a whole as well as each individual member. Because individual people deal with loss in different ways, family therapy can help ensure that each individual family member gets the support and attention that they need in order to process their grief. If the loss was of a close family member, family therapy can help the family heal as a whole and start to put itself back together in the most intentional and loving way.
Divorce is a kind of loss. Unfortunately, divorce is a common occurrence and something that many families have to learn to cope with. With the support that comes with family therapy, the coping process can be eased. Because divorce can often feel like the fracturing of a family, the very act of coming together through family therapy can be a healing element.
Contact Brett Beaver to learn more about family therapy and how it can help you. We look forward to hearing from you.