- Salvador Minuchin
IN ALL CULTURES, THE FAMILY IMPRINTS ITS MEMBERS WITH SELFHOOD. HUMAN EXPERIENCE OF IDENTITY HAS TWO ELEMENTS: A SENSE OF BELONGING AND A SENSE OF SEPARATENESS. THE LABORATORY IN WHICH THESE INGREDIENTS ARE MIXED AND DISPENSED IS THE FAMILY, THE MATRIX OF IDENTITY.
Family plays an important role in our personal development and understanding of the world around us. No two families are the same, and every family functions in unique ways. However, one commonality is that any change in one member of the family affects both the family structure and each member individually, often creating distress. In addition, the struggles of one family member may be a symptom of a larger family problems. Often times, these struggles come at family/individual transition points.
A central goal of family therapy is to understand how the relationships and the structure of the family are being affected by the particular issue and how the family maintains that particular issue. The primary goal is to strengthen the family relationship, understand the influences on the family, and develop and strengthen communication.
If your family is feeling "stuck", family therapy can help improve overall individual and family functioning.
Benefits of family therapy...
Family members will learn their strengths and weaknesses
Learn better ways to communicate feelings
Better understanding of boundaries, family patterns and dynamics
Learn ways to manage conflict and resolve issues
Resolve sibling issues
Gain better parent-child communication
Gain clear perspective of how a family functions, and each person’s role