Families come in all shapes and sizes; some are blended; some include best friends; and others are multiple generations of family and friends. No matter who is in your family, they play a critical role in the development of children, the patterns of behaviors we cling to, and the joys and struggles of relationships. Whether an individual, couple, or a child, family plays a role in how we see the world, face obstacles, and relate to one another.
You may be wondering:
- Why do I struggle with letting go of old patterns which aren’t satisfying?
- Why is our blended family stressed out much of the time?
- One of our kid’s is angry. Why?
In family therapy, we look at:
- intergenerational patterns which continue to influence behavior
- family boundaries and how they strengthen or weaken family ties
- emotional intimacy or distant between family member
In these and other similar situations we may look at:
- attachment challenges
- meddling from outside your immediate family
- social media and video gaming consumption
- substance abuse
All of these scenarios and many more call for family therapy which has been demonstrated to be clinically effective.
Just as it sounds, family therapy may involve multiple family members in sessions. We bring family members together, when possible, to approach a challenge that is family based. At Redwood, you and your therapist will determine the proper way forward. The most important aspect of family therapy is to bring about change that improves the lives of every member.