More and more people today start to see the benefits of family therapy in their day to day life. While some few decades ago , family therapy, and therapy as a whole were considered something reserved only for people with irreversible psychological damage, people have started to grow past this taboo and are now willing to help themselves before the problem deteriorates any further. To understand the advantages of family therapy, one must first learn the difference between family therapy and the other forms of psychotherapy, and to evaluate the good things it can bring in his own life.
First and foremost, family therapy differs from the regular forms of psychotherapy in its model and in the basics of how it is conducted. Where in regular therapy , only one patient visits the therapist per session, it’s very common for more than one patient to participate in family therapy. The use of that is to allow the therapist to draw his conclusions based on how people inside the closed system of a family communicate with each other. By finding how they interact, the therapist can more easily identify their problems and misunderstandings, and in such a way allow them to improve themselves.
The other difference that commonly goes unnoticed is that family therapy (or as we call it Denmark - parterapi) tends to look for results without going through in-depth analysis of past events, especially such that are in the distant past of the patients. Things like childhood trauma are rarely paid attention to in family therapy, since its main goal is to establish an improvement in the communication between members. So unlike Freudian psychologists and psychiatrists, family therapists try to look for results without building a profile of the individual as he was when he was a child. This may seem like a benefit to some people , who are not willing to share details.
What are the most common situations, in which people finally build the courage to go to family therapy ? Well ,one of the most common ones is when they have relationship problems. For example , couples who have spent more time together and want to keep being next to each other are likely to visit a family therapist if things start to look grim for their relationship. Married couples also do it, because a legal, fully functional family is necessary in order to raise good children , and misunderstandings need to be sorted out earlier.
Speaking of children, they’re the second most common reason for people to go through family therapy – children can often be rebellious and challenging to raise. They often look for ways to cause trouble to their parents because they see that as a good way for making their point through. In order to clear out the troubles that arise between parents and children, family therapy can be used as a means to let parents and children get along with each other better. The simple event of letting a third ,non-biased person in the conversation , such as the therapist, is helpful enough.

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