Family Therapy (FT) is a category of psychotherapy that helps couples and families who are in intimate relationships to initiate or manage change, psychological development or emotional healing. FT practitioners tend to frame their work in terms of behavioral awareness, personal responsibility and an understanding of the emotional and organizational dynamics within the partnership or family. The trend is for FT to provide insightful intervention to people in lasting, supportive relationships whether or not they are related by blood or marriage. FT emphasizes the development of common processes and commitments by each member in order to foster a complementary set of values, an important factor in the psychological health of the family.
The following are 12 benefits that FT can have on couples or families:
At the heart of most conflicts is a breakdown in communication. Family therapy provides members with new tools to express themselves in a supportive setting that allows new understandings between the couple or within the family that were previously “blind spots”. It also gives the family a common vocabulary around which to express the needs, desires, disappointments, and ideas about how to live more successfully together, with fewer conflicts and less suffering in the family.