offers family therapy in Madrid based on the belief that each of us is a part of a system. While the makeup of that system varies, the family system is often a souce of distress and conflict in need of attention and treatment.
Why Family Therapy?
Families play a crucial part in our emotional, physical, and spiritual development, as we are all a product of the relationships we experience with whomever we consider to be a part of that family unit. Challenges faced by each individual family member naturally impacts the others. Although the family system is complicated, it is one in which can be more easily understood through the process of family therapy.
Family therapy is different from individual therapy in that it views the challenges as resulting from the many patterns within the family system, rather than within any one person. The goal is not to blame any one person or find out who the “problem” is, but to recognize complex patterns within the family system and begin to shift them.
Your therapist will work with you to identify and utilize existing strengths within the family and to interrupt detrimental patterns that are occurring automatically between individuals.
The goal of family therapy is to understand and transform your own/your family’s behaviors. You will begin to adopt healthy communication techniques, learn new ways of relating to each other, including conflict resolution skills, and ultimately create a stronger family unit.
Who can participate and what type of issues can be addressed?
In reality, that answer is self-defined. A family member does not necessarily mean that an individual shares blood relations, or that you must live with that person—rather that the person plays a supportive and long-term role in your life. That can include, grandparents, aunts, uncles, girlfriends/boyfriends, babysitters, step-children, foster children, etc.
Family therapy sessions can include all or just those members who are willing to participate.
Some issues commonly addressed by family therapy:
How long does Family Therapy last?
- Traumatic events
- Adjusting to relocation
- Parenting issues
- Mental illness within a family
- Blended families
- Issues of communication/conflict
The length of time in therapy depends on the number of goals on which the family would like to work, however, a family will commonly see results within 5-20 sessions.