What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

The family system may sometimes feel or seem out of balance creating conflict, tension, or distance. The therapist can help identify and assist the individual or family in resolving the areas of conflict within the family by teaching new coping skills, learning new ways to talk to each other, and increasing understanding of one another and the family system. This therapy can also help the family learn new ways to effectively communicate, solve problems, express emotions, explore family roles and expectations for each other, and determine strengths as well as identify new ones.

Who can benefit from Family Therapy?
In general, anyone who wants to improve their relationships can benefit from family therapy. Family therapy can help with such issues as:

  • Eating disorders, (e.g., anorexia, bulimia, or compulsive over eating)
  • Chronic health problems, (e.g., asthma or cancer)
  • couples therapy
  • Depression or bipolar disorder
  • Emotional abuse or violence
  • Discord with teenagers
  • Grief, loss and trauma
  • Financial problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Parenting skills
  • Marital problems
  • Work stress
  • Divorce
  • Anxiety
  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Issues, (e.g., reactions from family)

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