Mustang, OK residents, have probably heard the term family therapy. For most, if they have heard about it, they do not know or understand the functional need or associated benefits. The goal in family therapy, for Evanescence Counseling, is to gather parents, siblings and extended family members including aunts, uncles and grandparents together for the treatment process. The family system, which is extremely important, holds its own structure and patterns of communication, both good and bad. The structures and communication patterns are frequently well-defined and framed by parenting style, personalities and other significant influences. Knowledge of the foundational concept that every individual is a product of their environment, especially the one they grew up in and how that environment plays a large part of the person they are today. Studies and observations have the shown the valuable importance family plays in our emotional, physical and spiritual development due to every individual, in the family system, impacts and is impacted the other members.
The benefits of family therapy are multifaceted and may be helpful for the family in the following ways:
- Address the role that family plays in an individual’s life
- Major life change such as a divorce, remarriage, or health issue preparation
- Specific issue resolution
Which family members that are invited and allowed to participate in family therapy session, in Mustang, depends on the unique constraints and goals of the family. Occasionally, sessions may be different, whereas different combinations of family members are present and asked to participate from session to session. Assignments are common, away from the session. The family therapist may assign family members special assignments to facilitate the process of addressing a specific portion of the challenges identified during a specific session. Each assignment will be addressed in a later session to examine progress and determine further actions.
Family therapy is very valuable to all individuals involved. Sessions can help an individual family member:
- Understand how their family functions
- Improve communication skills
- Identify strengths and weaknesses within the family system
- Set goals and develop strategies to resolve challenges
The end goal is to make the whole family stronger and closer.
Evanescence Counseling often uses family therapy in conjunction with other types of mental health treatment, mainly if one or more family members will benefit from specialized treatment for addictions, eating disorders or other illnesses. When a loved one is in treatment, we often encourage every immediate or highly involved family member to undergo individual therapy.
Family therapy is directed toward, and often is successful, at treating many conditions and disorders. Our Mustang counseling team is focused and designed for anyone seeking healthier, closer family relationships. Evanescence Counseling employs family therapy to treat a wide variety of conditions, including, but not limited to:
- Problems between siblings
- Marital problems
- Parent-child conflict
- The effects of illness on the family
Family therapy helps in the growth and strengthening of the foundational bond of families, the individuals, and the relationships involved.
If you’re looking to strengthen and grow your family relationships and bonds or address a more severe issue effecting the health of your family structure, please contact Evanescence Counseling today, in Mustang, and let us help. (405) 367-9190