Many families encounter stressful times and difficulties, as most families go through many challenges and changes together. Family therapy not only benefits the overall family relationship it can also help individual members of the family address specific issues and improve their relational skills. These positive changes benefit the individuals not just within the family, but in the individual's relationships outside the family as well.
Common concerns addressed in family therapy include:
- Major family transitions
- Family feudsand conflict among family members
- Sibling issues
- Parenting issues and problems with children
- Communication issues(e.g. difficulties expressing emotions, wants or needs)
- Divorce or separation
- Mental illness of a family member
Family therapy is unique due to its focus on changing the entire family. Family therapy looks at the family as a whole because every family is a system where each person impacts everyone else within the family unit. Since family therapy aims to change the entire family improvements can be lasting because each family member who changes continues to exert change on other family members.