Why Family Therapy is Important
Life has changed a lot in the last couple of decades. We are living a fast paced lifestyle with minimal social interactions. The family being the basic unit of the society is in the front line where the implications of modern lifestyle are concerned. Family therapy can help bring together the family and help individual members live a happier more fulfilling life.
An old saying states, “It takes a village to raise a child”. The saying is proof of the value our forefathers placed on the child’s social development. In modern times children hardly get enough time to interact and talk to their parents and vice versa.
The lines of communications have been stifled by lack of the natural interactions that were there long ago. Members of the family can gain a lot from family therapy sessions. These sessions open up lines of communication that can potentially change how family members interact with each other.
Improvement in Emotional Health
One of the problems with communication especially in a family setting is that people may sometimes choose not to communicate their intentions, motivations or deeper feelings. This is probably because they do not know how to, or are afraid how others will take it.
A family therapist is trained to go deeper into the problem at hand and unearth underlying issues that some members of the family could not explicitly state. Being able to resolve issues this way at a deeper fundamental level helps to improve the overall emotional health of the entire family.
Can Aid in Substance abuse treatment
Studies have shown that family therapy can be very effective in assisting families dealing an alcoholic or an addict. The sessions are effective because family members can understand how they contribute to facilitate addiction. When families leave these sessions they leave with an understanding that the family is an ecosystem and the actions of the individual can seriously affect the entire family unit.