Here at Yellowbrick, we know that family is integral as a part of the support system for people getting help with various mental health issues. So, we make family therapy an important and useful aspect for the people in our care. But, what is so important about being able to utilize family therapy for mental health? And, what are some of the most beneficial assets of family therapy in the mental health space?
Family therapy is a type of mental health counseling that provides education, mental health tools, and an outlet for healthy communication to family units. It’s led by a mental health counselor that specializes in guiding family topics, providing information on family tools, and stimulating a safe and supportive environment for families to learn and practice coping skills. During family therapy sessions, it’s important for all members of a family unit to be present in order to provide the most support for an individual or individuals in the family struggling with mental health issues. But, this may not always be possible. So, it’s important to find a schedule that works for the family in order to be able to address issues and family components together. This way, families have the best chance of gaining the most from family therapy sessions.
Throughout family therapy, a family therapy counselor will work to identify and address specific familial issues. For example, these problems can include boundary-setting, communication, and enabling. Once these issues are identified, the therapist will provide helpful intervention in order to allow for the acceptance of familial issues. And, offer education on helpful tools and a safe place for the family to practice coping skills in order to address these problems. Therefore, giving the entire family the knowledge and tools necessary to provide optimal support for individuals in the family unit who are actively in treatment for mental health issues.
There are a number of reasons why a family unit may consider the use of family therapy. Some of these reasons may include:
Family therapy can help families in a number of ways as it can help to identify and address family issues. Plus, it can provide a supportive and safe environment in which families can work on issues they may not be comfortable with addressing in other environments. Some of the benefits of family therapy can include:
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A mental health condition that’s characterized by intense shifts in mood including both manic and depressive episodes.
People living with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, experience episodes of depression and sadness that are debilitating to daily life.
Those living with anxiety disorders experience high levels of anxiety and stress that interfere negatively with daily life.
A mental health issue in which a person’s cognitive function is impaired, resulting in symptoms like experiencing challenges with conducting speech, reading and writing, and behavior.
Mental health disorders that negatively affect a person’s behaviors, thought patterns, and function. People diagnosed with these disorders experience challenges with managing relationships and understanding various situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that people can develop as a result of experiencing traumatic situations, characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, avoidance behaviors, and more.
A mental health condition that is characterized by specific symptoms of forgetfulness and lack of concentration, which makes it challenging to complete necessary tasks.
Mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s eating habits, thought patterns, and behaviors in negative ways.
A mental health disorder diagnosable with the DSM-5 that is characterized by both obsessions and compulsive behaviors.