Family Therapy Specialist Q&A
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Family life comes with many challenges. Living in a house with others can be difficult, especially if the house members do not always see eye to eye. An old adage states “familiarity breeds contempt,” which is very true when it comes to family. Being around the same people every day can bring about feelings of irritation and obfuscate the appreciation we have for them. This can lead to petty squabbles, nitpicking, and bickering, which can place unnecessary strain on any relationship. Fortunately, therapy can help family members learn how to show their appreciation and gratitude for one another, improve their communication, and resolve any unaddressed problems.
Family therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on the family as a system, rather than just on the individuals in the family. This can help family members work together to address a problem or even help them understand how their actions are impacting their relationships with one another. Family therapy can also be used to treat disorders that are related to family dynamics, such as anxiety or depression, or even behavior problems that are seen in children. Family therapy is a great way to help families deal with a wide variety of issues as it involves talking openly and honestly with family members about their relationship and how they can work together better.
There are many reasons why a family should go to therapy; while every family has its challenges, certain familial situations can lead to greater difficulties in balancing dynamics and creating a healthy environment for every member of the household. These include:
Blended Families — A blended family is when two separate family units become one and is often seen when a person with children marries another person with children of their own. Combining two families can be a difficult process and can result in challenges blending the two together.
Disconnection — In a world so reliant on technology, the devices and services we depend on can cause distractions. In some cases, these distractions can lead to a disconnection between family members, resulting in a lack of communication. Family therapy can help families unplug from the virtual world and rediscover their appreciation for those who matter most.
Isolation — It is normal for families to go through phases of wanting alone time or more family time, but if a member of the family is constantly withdrawing, such as preferring to eat in their room rather than at the dinner table with the rest of the family, it can turn into a major concern. There may be specific reasons why an individual withdraws from their family; family therapy can help to address these concerns and reintegrate the family as a strong, supportive, and understanding unit.
Drama with Children, Preteens, Teens, and Parents — Childhood and adolescence is full of strong emotions, frustrations, and attempts to understand the world and the people in it. However, if a child or teenager is overly emotional and has frequent meltdowns, it could be indicative of an underlying issue.
Yes, therapy can help with parenting skills. There is no guidebook for how to be a parent; most new parents have no idea what to expect, but take it one day at a time and do the best they can. However, being a parent is a colossal responsibility and requires patience, understanding, and unconditional love. Even with all of these things, the unexpected is bound to happen and situations arise that are totally unforeseen. Therapy can help parents handle these challenges and learn how to better understand their children and what is driving their behaviors.
Family therapy has many benefits, including:
– Improves communication and interaction between family members
– Helps to improve conflict resolution skills
– Helps to understand and deal with special family situations or stressors such as illness, divorce, death, financial hardships, etc.
– Creates a better functioning home environment
– Improves parenting skills
Family life is hard, and the professionals at Mind-Body Care are here to help. Call us today to book an appointment with our family therapy specialist, We are conveniently located at 2685 Marine Way, Mountain View, CA 94043. We serve clients from Mountain View CA, Palo Alto CA, Menlo Park CA, Redwood City CA, Stanford CA, Los Altos CA, Sunnyvale CA, and Cupertino CA. We look forward to serving you!