a fact of life that all families
face. One way to evaluate the strength of a family is to look at
how the family handles a problem.
Can the family tolerate a
member of the family who asks hard questions?
Who in the family encourages full discussion?
Does everyone have an equal right to be heard?
Does one member dominate?
Does the family have fun together?
Is there laughter here?
Are the individuals comfortable with each other?
Family therapy can help answer these and other questions, can nurture changes
in the quality of family life and bring out the strengths, wisdom, and
support of the family system.
Families can learn new skills for solving problems, including improved
communication and relationship skills.
Happens in Family Therapy
Family therapy is often done through
games or creative activities that allow everyone in the family to
participate. In my office, a family might want to work with miniatures
in the sand or together create a large mural representing the family.
The family may meet with me as a group for guidance in tackling a
problem together. I often see the families of children who have already
with me. I
may request sessions with family sub-groups such as the children
together or one parent with a child.