Creative Counseling for Youth and Families provides services for family units who come to therapy for a variety of concerns including:
- mental health symptoms
- adjusting to life transitions
- sibling conflict
What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy is a form of counseling that involves the whole family and seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members. Family therapy is not intended to “fix one person” or “fix a problem,” but is setup to support and build positive relationships and communication within family unit.
The Family Unit
“Family” in counseling is defined by individuals who are connected through relations, adoption or temporary care and those involved in interactions and caretaking of day-to-day life. Every family is comprised uniquely. In family therapy, the “client” is considered the entire family. Therefore, focus on one member of the family (typically called the “identified patient”) is limited so the family can process and work through concerns as a team.
What will we do in family therapy?
Each counseling session will vary depending on the needs and goals of the family client. In family therapy, the process and work will be focused on how the family is functioning and communicating. The therapist may ask family members to participate in new types of communication and practice verbal and physical expression in session. Family therapy homework will be assigned for the family to work on together outside the session.