When more than one individual in a family is motivated to change, surprising transformations can take place.
When to attend family sessions
Families approach therapy for many reasons. For most, conflict has become the usual way of addressing differences, and family members are distant from each other. They have a sense that they have ran out of options, that they have used all their resources and things don’t improve.
In these circumstances families experience that everyday tasks become too difficult, that the joy in life has evaporated and that symptoms increase. That is the time to use psychotherapy at Bethesda Family Therapy as a way to create a new path, one guided by reflection and thoughtful decision making.
What happens during therapy with multiple family members?
Family therapy offers a space to have those important conversations that have become impossible because they end up in conflict or hurt. It provides a new perspective from which to understand and solve problems.
Family therapy is an opportunity to observe and learn about oneself and relationships. Through conversations guided by the therapist, family members start to see the part each one plays in creating and maintaining the difficulties. They can also see how they can be part of the solution.
Through this process some family members can decrease the propensity to blame, accuse, shame, and defend. If one or more of them can do this, the whole family will calm down and be able to start problem solving, each bringing forth their own contribution and unique point of view.
At this stage, families can move forward in the attainment of shared projects and goals while creating the space for individual development.
Who participate in family sessions?
Therapy with families is tailored case by case, but it always involves meetings with the parents as the leaders of the family. It may also include meetings with the parents and children, meetings with the sibling group, and/or individual sessions with some or all family members. Everybody, age permitting, has the opportunity to express his/her point of view and explain his/her perspective in relation to the family situation.