Family therapy is more than just getting a family in one room to talk. Family therapy is focused on changing the communication patterns, family roles, and interpersonal boundaries that have contributed to conflict and dysfunction within a family system. Families are viewed as groups of members who are affected by outside events and influences; the family members then in-turn influence and impact each other as a result.
A good example is the family conflict that may arise when a child is impacted by mental illness. A daughter who develops severe depression may become withdrawn, irritable and defiant with house rules. This impacts the other family members: siblings may feel alienated and rejected, and parents may become overly-controlling in an effort to protect their family and heal their daughter. In a case like this, the daughter would typically be treated for depression; in addition, it may be beneficial for the family as a whole to engage in therapy, as normal communication patterns and roles may have changed and caused significant conflict and exasperation.
Family therapy in Tallahassee can be accomplished in different settings including in the therapist office and in the home. Family therapy can help with numerous issues including a child with opposition or conduct problems, a teen with depression, or a parent with substance use problems. Would family therapy in Tallahassee benefit you?
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Terance is a mental health therapist focusing on children and families.