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Family therapy,vimhans mental health

Family relationships are viewed as important for good mental health. Family therapy views a person’s symptoms as taking place in the larger context of the family. It views problems as patterns that need adjusting within the family unit, as opposed to viewing one family member as a cause of the problems. Family therapy aims at understanding the family as a whole, understandingthe complex, dynamic interactions that take place and how those interactions were formed, so as to help the identified patient (the person with the “problem” that everyone else in the family is concerned about).

Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that helps to reduce distress experienced by the family, improve communication between family members and resolve conflicts.

Family therapy often includes all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Family therapy typically brings several family members together for therapy sessions. However, a family member may also see a family therapist individually.

Though the specific treatment plan depends on the family’s situation, family therapy can have the following goals:

  • Family therapy explores a family's strengths, such as caring for one another, and weaknesses, such as difficulty confiding in one another.
  • Explore family roles, rules and behavior patterns to identify issues that contribute to conflict — and ways to work through these issues.
  • Family therapy sessions can teach family members skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times.
  • Family therapy can help improve troubled relationships between specific family members; it can address specific issues such as conflict between parents and children.
  • Family therapy can be especially effective with children who are displaying behaviour problems, as often the problems are inter-related with what is going on in the family at the moment.
  • Family therapy is often helpful to help the family deal with the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family.
  • Family therapy can be useful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger or conflict.
  • Family therapy helps the family members learn skills that improve communication and helps family learn better ways of resolving conflicts.
  • Family therapy can help family members understand one another better and bring them closer together.

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