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We understand Family Therapy as that type of therapy that focuses on the family the object of its intervention. Its main objective is to restore the balance of the family when conflicts, tensions or communication problems arise. It is also very useful when one of its members has problems that affect the common coexistence.

Through family therapy we study those dynamics that occur in coexistence, we listen to the demands of all family members, we teach them to change dysfunctional communication and behavior patterns. Ultimately, we help them implement positive changes in the family and in the way they relate to each other.

In family dynamics, it is common, after a conflict, for family members to pretend to forget about the underlying problem and move on without talking properly. Until one day the problem returns and the same conflict breaks out.

The first studies of family therapy emerged in the 1950s with Gregory Bateson and Nathan Ackerman. Between that period and the 1980s, theories and methodologies related to this type of care underwent intense development.

The main approaches used in family therapy are psychoanalysis, systems theory and cognitive- behavioral therapy (CBT). The latter offers important contributions, as it allows working with beliefs and behavioral patterns, in addition to training social skills.

Benefits of family therapy
The main advantage of family therapy is that it can be very helpful in improving communication between parents and children and between siblings or spouses. Family therapy is especially helpful when the goal is to improve the ability of family members to support each other. The great advantage of a family therapy treatment is that all individuals will have the necessary time to express themselves, they will be able to do so without fear, without fear of arguing, that their words may be contradicted or feeling bad. An environment will be created that will allow you to convey your thoughts safely, without anxiety and without the fear that they may be distorted.

When approaching the way of communicating, family therapy is undoubtedly an important therapeutic resource to reduce the levels of conflict, stress, feelings of anger and pain. That may be present in the family nucleus, making the resolution of current conflicts a better prognosis and future.

This is because this psychotherapy seeks to psych educate family members, and enhance their skills and positive behaviors, for the development of the socio-emotional well-being of all those involved. Some other benefits that you can achieve are the following:

  • Improve family life.
  • Improve family communication. Each member will learn to express their thoughts and
    emotions assertively.
  • It increase the capacity to reach agreements.
  • It work on resolving conflicts in a way that helps you solve conflicts that may arise in the
    future.
  • It clarify the boundaries so that each member of the family knows what is expected of
    them.
  • It make the family a source of support and understanding.
  • Promote trust among family members
  • Improve the detection of difficulties before they become a major problem
  • Reduce physical, psychological and verbal violence.

In any case, family therapy is undoubtedly a psychotherapy with multiple benefits that will give emotional relief to people who dedicate themselves to working on themselves through it.