How Does Family Therapy Work?
May 25, 2017
Many families argue or bottle up anger and disappointment. But it does not always have to be that way. Sometimes, with just a little family therapy, family members can start to see eye-to-eye and return to enjoying sharing time together. Family therapy is not only for "dysfunctional" relationships; it can be for any number of difficulties. Sometimes family therapy can help members learn to deal with stressful events or how to support struggling members. So how does family therapy work? There are a few ways it can work; role taking, reflection or practicing listening can help.
For instance, sometimes if you play a game in which you pretend to be the very person who frustrated you, you can begin to understand his or her perspective in a new way. This can also be fulfilling if the frustrated family member plays you in a role play and you see him or her begin to understand you better. Sometimes taking the opposite side in a debate works wonders. Who better to convince you of your shortcomings than yourself?
Reflection can help with understanding how others actions within the home affect each other. Family therapy can give the much needed time and place to start talking about what is working and what is not working. Many times arguments stem from a fundamental misunderstanding, and not from ill-will or malice.
Family therapy provides a mediator of a therapist to encourage an environment in which everyone listens just as much as speaking. Sometimes a good way to practice listening is to have the goal of being able to summarize the speaker's speech. Instead of spending all that time that the family member is talking thinking of how to respond, it gives a chance for real listening and reflection. These methods of therapy can help to restore a sense of respect in the family which can open the door to fulfilling interaction and even open-hearted love.
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Category: Family Therapy