We are naturally social beings with the need to communicate our thoughts, believes, values, feelings, and emotions. So, what happens when our interaction with others in our family are difficult and they do not seem to improve? Within the context of the family group, this tends to happen if there are behavioral and emotional problems in children or severe psychological problems in one family member. Sometimes, this happens where there is family deviation from social norms, or when family members of older and younger generations don’t understand one another (such as grandparents and grandchildren), or any other situation that brings added stress.
Common goals of family therapy are to help your family members build and maintain healthy boundaries, better the interactions between family members, solve common problems effectively, build understanding of the problems and of each other, bring awareness of the current family status, and develop an appreciation of each other that leads to a reduction of conflict and the promotion of a healthy functioning home environment. In family therapy, you can expect a friendly and respectful atmosphere where the problems are viewed in the context of the family, as they typically affect all of its members in different ways.