What is family therapy?
Family therapy helps families heal. All families develop communication styles, scripts and patterns, some of which can be harmful, and unhealthy. Families often struggle with loss, trauma, shame and secret keeping. If your family has a member or members who are struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorders, it can feel like an uphill battle every day....
Our therapists will work with you and your family to increase health, safety and respectful communication. Below you will see some types of family therapy that may be beneficial to you and yours...
Systemic Therapy is rooted from family therapy or something known as family systems therapy. There are a number of family systems therapies that contribute to the current systemic therapy concept. In recent decades, systemic therapy has moved away from linear causality and now approaches problems as they are created in a social and linguistically influenced reality.
Narrative therapy is different in that it encourages the person to be their own individual and to use their own skill set to address the problem and also to minimize the tiny problems in day-to-day life. The idea of narrative therapy is that in life, people create personal stories that help them identify who they are and also that they possess the proper tools to navigate their lives. The point of narrative therapy is to help clarify, develop and support the narrator in life and help guide their journey.
Transgenerational therapy gives therapists the ability to examine interactions between individuals in a family across multiple generations. The family therapist’s observations and analysis of interactions helps the therapist to grasp the core issues within the family group. In addition to current issues, the therapist may also pick up on future struggles or stressful situations. Concepts of transgenerational therapy are used frequently with other therapies to help create a lens to frame the issue being addressed in sessions.