The Benefits of Family Therapy
Family plays an essential role in our emotional, spiritual, and intellectual lives. Over the past few decades, the nuclear family has evolved and changed. Despite these changes to what a particular family unit includes, everyone is brought up in some sort of family unit. Every family is unique, each with its own set of personalities, strengths, challenges, and opportunities. Each family member has its own distinct way of communicating with the other members.
Family therapy, also referred to as family counseling, is designed to address specific concerns that impact the psychological health of the family, such as mental health conditions, addiction, or major life transitions. Family therapy may be used as the primary method of treatment or in conjunction with a complementary therapeutic approach.
When a member of the family is struggling, it inevitably impacts the entire family unit.
Let’s take a look at some of the emotional benefits of family therapy.
Who Can Benefit from Family Therapy?
Family therapy brings siblings, parents and extended family members, such as grandparents, into the treatment process. Each family system has its own patterns and structures of communication, which may be defined by personalities, parenting style, and other influences.
Every individual is, in part, a product of the environment they grew up in. Since every individual in the family system impacts and is impacted by the others, family plays a pivotal role in our physical, emotional and spiritual development. For example, one individual’s illness can impact or alter the interactions and lives of all the other family members.
Family therapy may be helpful to:
- Resolve a specific issue or trauma (i.e. death, illness, or abuse)
- Prepare the family for a major life change such as a divorce or remarriage
- Address the role that family plays in an individual’s life
- Achieve better parent-child communication
- Resolve sibling conflict or problems with adolescent behavior
- Cope with a member’s behavioral or mental health concerns
- And more
Benefits of Family Therapy
- Improves communication within the family unit: It’s very common for members of the family to experience difficulties communicating with one another in a manner where they feel validated and heard. Prolonged lack of communication can create distance and tension between members, paving the way for larger problems down the road. Family therapy is designed to help all family members understand their roles within the family. It also helps to show every member the benefits of open and honest communication.
- Enhances relationships and strengthens bonds: Whether its conflict between siblings, spouses, or children and their parents, all families experience some form of occasional conflict. However, when these conflicts remain unresolved, they can cause serious damage to the relationships within the family unit. Family therapy is designed to help you understand every member of your family better. It provides all family members with the tools they need to efficiently express their feelings, which in turn leads to more understanding, love, and respect.
- Builds self-esteem: Healthy self-esteem helps us cope with the challenges of life. It also helps us prepare for interactions with people outside of the comforts of our family. Individuals who lack self-esteem are vulnerable to peer pressure, relationship problems, and other health problems. Family therapy helps to restore and build self-esteem, helping both parents and children to understand each other’s feelings.
- Mental and physical health: Relaxation and harmony are essential for physical and mental health. When it comes to a family dynamic, peace occurs when everyone is willing to work as a team to understand one another. As individuals, we need someone to listen when we are in pain or coping with trauma. We need someone to help us through the challenges of life. However, some families need help understanding each other. A family therapist will help you identify specific problems, providing you with the tools and skills needed to handle them in a constructive way.
- Helps cope with pain, loss, or trauma: As a family, we sometimes need help navigating through the harder challenges of life. When one or all of our family members face a great loss, such as death or divorce, or other types of trauma, such as abuse, it impacts the entire family. Family therapy helps not only the individual experiencing the trauma/loss, but it also helps the entire family during their time of need.
ClearMinds Center for Emotional Health
The goal of family therapy is to meet the needs of all of the members of the family. Together with your therapist, you will work for solutions aimed at helping the family to function better as a whole. Ultimately, when the family functions better as a whole, every individual within the family unit functions better.
At ClearMinds, we believe that with the right support, everyone has the potential to live a happy and fulfilling life. Our family psychology counselling and assessment practice in Dubai is dedicated to working with clients and families on a personal level. Our team of psychologists takes the time to understand each and every one of our patients, helping them to understand the root cause of their anxiety, stress, pain, resentment, frustration, or fear (etc.).
Contact a member of our team to learn more about how family therapy can help you and your loved ones achieve and sustain emotional health.