Family therapy is a version of psychotherapy often used as an essential part of treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. When referring to family therapy, “family” may include spouses, partners, friends, as well as immediate family members.
A family therapy session is similar to group therapy, with the main difference being the members involved. The people who participate in family therapy are either relatives or loved ones. Family counseling works towards a unified relationship between the individual and the loved ones who are impacted as well.
Family therapy invites marital and family members to participate in therapeutic sessions that carefully rebuild the bond. Bonding exercises, insight activities, and group counseling are used to promote new communication and coping skills.
Unhealthy family dynamics and chemical imbalances can be a recipe for disaster. These behavioral problems can cause a misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the individual’s mental health disorder.
Family therapy can help loved ones cope if the individual has a severe mental condition such as schizophrenia. The individual with schizophrenia must continue their personalized treatment plan which can include medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, or other treatment. Teaching family members effective ways to show support during recovery reduces the chance of relapsing or worsening the mental disorder.