Family Therapy is needed today because families are often stressed to the breaking point. So many divorces could have been avoided, I believe, if only someone had helped them channel their best intentions into productive, preventive activity. When the best of intentions begin being misinterpreted and assigned negative motivations it is only a matter of time before divorce seems to be the only option.
With each phase of the family life cycle come new opportunities as well as new challenges and concerns at multiple levels. Vulnerable areas can surface with in-law relationships, marital concerns, job stress, parenting styles, step-parenting, competing calendars at different times of life. Each one can present challenges that are complex, tenacious and overwhelming.
Marriage and Family Therapists are specially trained to join with families and help them work through the issues that they are addressing in a constructive way that encourages healing, maturing and growth. This can include coordinating care between health care professionals, an important consideration when medications are prescribed where contributing factors may well be relational, inter-familial or social in their genesis and maintenance.
More specifically, Family Therapy specializes in helping families address challenges such as:
Step Family Issues
Raising Children and Parenting Issues
Caring for Elderly Parents
Adoption Challenges and Opportunities
Bereavement and Loss
For more information about Marriage and Family Therapists and the unique and specialized work they do, click HERE to go directly to the AAMFT website.