Family Therapy

Family Therapy By Nanette Vitale, MSW, LCSW

“A couple has been married 43 years; the kids are gone and started families of their own. Both are retired, it’s the time they’ve been waiting for… or so they thought? They begin to explore their options: on finds tennis, golf, cards; the other finds TV, reading, alone time. Each has different ideas about retirement, and the disagreements begin…”

Families vary in size, shape, and members. They can include the nuclear family: parents and children. They can also include other caregivers, grandparents, etc. Family therapy, also called Family Counseling, involves the whole family, or a couple of its members, meeting with a psychotherapist or counselor together. Family Therapy can be helpful if family members are having problems connecting, communicating, or coping with transition. It can also be used when one family member has a problem, and other family relationships may be contributing to or maintain the problem.

Family Therapy is most often recommended when communication has broken down within the family, and members are carrying disappointments, burdens, and past resentments. Family therapists avoid blaming any one member for the problems, rather they explore, identify, and process the problems, creating new definition and understanding, and providing hope.

Whether you are struggling with an eager teenager, creating or reestablishing commonalities between life partners, or possibly adjusting to assisted living with a caregiver, and finding it hard to express your needs, Family Therapy can help. It can provide a safe, nurtured, and unbiased environment to work through your thoughts and feelings.