Family therapy is common for families who struggle with substance abuse, mental illness, or a dual diagnosis. But family therapy is available to families with all sorts of issues.
Engaging in family therapy can bring about many benefits for everyone involved.
3 Benefits of Family Therapy
Family therapy is considered to be one of the most effective ways to bring about more effective communication, as well as increase family members’ self-esteem and the relationships they have with one another.
Not only does it help improve the fundamentals of family, but family therapy also produces a variety of additional benefits, including the following:
- Healing as a whole. While many families might initially engage in family therapy in light of one person’s struggles, family therapy works to heal the entire family as a whole rather than singling out the individual experiencing the most difficulties. This helps build a sense of teamwork amongst families, as well as helps them learn how to love and support each other effectively.
- Developing coping mechanisms. One of the most common downfalls in families is that there are little to no positive coping mechanisms that can help the entire family unit get through challenges such as mental illness and/or addiction. Attending family therapy sessions can help foster new ways of coping with stress, as well as developing strategies to bring resolution to chronic, pressing issues.
- Practicing safe expression. When attempting to express themselves at home, family members might do so in ways that negate their progress. When practicing expression in a therapeutic setting, however, they can talk about their emotions and allow the therapist to guide them though effective and meaningful discussions with their family members without causing an argument or building further resentment.
Family therapy is majorly beneficial in helping families heal as a whole, develop strong communication skills, and practice safe expression. Not only does this type of therapy help benefit families who have addiction and mental illness in their lives, but it is also a viable form of healing for families who have troubled teens, academic difficulties, behavioral issues, and more.
By engaging in family therapy, whether as part of dual diagnosis treatment or on your own, families can begin addressing any and all issues that are making their lives more difficult and begin focusing on healthy and effective ways of living and communicating that will increase their overall success as a happy and healthy family.