What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy may seem like a very normal form of counseling activity. Yet, it is one of the newest modalities of therapy. Family therapists approach problems from a systems perspective. This means that their focus is not simply on an individual's problem such as depression, but on how that depression may be caused or deepened within the family setting. Likewise, it also addresses how a family member's depressive symptoms may impact the family.
Family therapy allows the therapist access to much more information that may lead to a more satisfying solution for the family as a whole. Thus, we look at a child's behavior within the context of his/her siblings and parent's behavior and issues. Making changes in the child, the sibling or the parent may all be different paths taken by the therapist.
Within the work of family therapy is also marriage or relational therapy. A marriage and family therapist prefers to work with a couple on resolving both individual issues and couple problems.
At Veridian we have a number of licensed clinical marriage and family therapists, along with other professional counselors and social workers who work in the area of family therapy.