Family relationships are an important factor in maintaining psychological health and involving families in treatment can be very powerful. Therapy helps to strengthen bonds and reduce conflict, so that families can work collaboratively towards solving problems. Even when just one child or adolescent in a family is struggling, the whole whole family is affected. At A Good Place Therapy, we take a "systems-approach," which focuses on understanding and treating an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within the context of their families, and examines these behaviors from many angles and viewpoints.
Therapy helps improve troubled familial relationships by focusing on helping members understand each other better. From the outset, we identify clear goals and offer tools to improve communication. These tools can help a hurt family member understand the context of their grievance and establish channels to help families really listen to one another and manage their conflicts. We also explore roles, rules, and behavior patterns that contribute to friction in the family and methods to moderate the behaviors that lead to conflict . At A Good Place Therapy, we are proponents of a "strengths perspective", exploring your resources and building on your strengths, but also clearly identifying weaknesses and areas for growth.
Family Therapy is a good intervention for many issues including, but not limited to:
- Separation, divorce
- Blended families
- Adult sibling conflict
- Substance abuse
- Long-standing resentment and anger
- Mental illness
- Academic concerns in children/adolescents
- Behavioral problems, defiance and acting out in children and adolescents
- Chronic Health Issues