The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But…the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” ~Martin Luther King The overarching goal in Family Therapy is to give each family member a nonjudgmental, safe environment in which to talk about their feelings. The therapist facilitates each person in learning skills, tools, and techniques for interacting in a responsible and caring way. There are a number of approaches in family therapy. In this practice, family therapy frequently utilizes a care community approach. A therapeutic care community will be brought together related to the family’s structure, the age(s) of children, and the issues of concern. At any point, sessions might include seeing one member at a time, children separately from parents, or the whole family together. This multi-dimensional approach can bring significant gains as family members:
- Identify concerns, and become aware of other members’ issues.
- Learn about different communication styles, and how to listen to, and talk with one another.
- Develop strategies for enriching family relationships.
- Recognize and learn ways to nurture individual needs within the family structure
- Learn skills, techniques, and tools that can contribute to both individual well-being, and the well-being of the family.
- Deal with the feelings related to a parent’s or child’s illness
Family therapy sessions usually consist of one 60 to 75-minute session a week. I invite you to begin to thrive as a family.