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4.

Family

Therapy

Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is usually provided by a psychologist, clinical social worker or licensed therapist. 

What are the five approaches of family therapy?

There are a range of counseling techniques used for family therapy including:

  • Structural Therapy. Structural family therapy is a theory developed by Salvador Minuchin. ...

  • Strategic Therapy. ...

  • Systemic Therapy. ...

  • Narrative Therapy. ...

  • Transgenerational Therapy. ...

  • Communication Therapy. ...

  • Psychoeducation. ...

  • Relationship Counseling.

What are the disadvantages of family therapy?

Once family therapy begins, it can be difficult to see family situations as you used to and your perceptions may be altered- can lead to negative feelings, especially if others within your family are not willing to follow through with therapy or are in denial of unhealthy family patterns.

What is family therapy and what are its goals and benefits?

Family counseling, or family therapy, is a method to develop and maintain healthy and functional family relationships. The goal is to identify and address problems in the family. These issues could be emotional, psychological, or behavioral. Many approaches to family counseling stem from family systems theory.

What are the stages of Family Therapy?

While it is not possible to assert that all family treatment follows a universal and sequential pattern, commonalities can be ascertained which can help the therapist maintain objectivity and provide direction for himself and the family. Four major stages are outlined, each with several substages: 1) the preparation stage—mutual acceptance, definition of the problem, formulation of goals; 2) the transition stage—beginning actualization, crisis, reformulation and acceptance; 3) the consolidation stage—investment in the therapeutic work, working through alternatives; 4) the terminal stage—introduction to termination, defining the duration and format of the ending. Universal issues are identified, tasks for the therapist are outlined and common problems are described.

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