Mental health issues affect everyone differently, but they often have a ripple effect on families as well. Stress or trauma experienced by one family member can cause emotional upheaval for all members. It’s important to recognize that any changes in mood, behavior, or attitude can play out in different ways within a family dynamic.
The goal of family therapy is to identify and work through these patterns of behavior and communication that are causing discord within the family unit. By addressing the root causes of these issues, everyone involved will develop healthier ways of communicating and interacting with each other. This helps create an environment that is more supportive and nurturing for everyone on an individual level as well as collectively as a unit.
When you come into Greater Boston Behavioral Health for family therapy, you should expect to speak openly about your experiences and feelings with the therapist leading the session and any other family members present at the session. Depending on your unique situation, who you invite to sessions may vary; however, most people choose close relatives such as parents, siblings, or children who are directly affected by their mental health issues. The therapist will be able to provide further guidance on who should attend sessions based on each individual’s circumstances.
Why do we often recommend family therapy as part of our behavioral health services? Just a few of the benefits of this approach include:
As you work toward your own individual mental health goals, family therapy can be an important part of the process.