[What It Can Do For Your Relationships]
We see a lot of happy couples and families on TV or the internet. We may be envious or jealous of how much love and peace they have in their home, but we do not realize what may be happening in between, or perhaps what has happened in the past. All relationships such as marriage and family will go and may have gone through a lot of trials that have tested the bond within. It is up to the husband and wife or each family member to fight for the relationship they have.
Marriage and family therapy are kinds of psychotherapy used to address issues in a relationship of a couple or a family. These are used to help them cope or get through the difficulties they are facing. Psychotherapy is commonly sought by people who still want to save their relationship and who believe that they can benefit from the intervention of a professional who has handled similar cases.
A Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist Or MFT Is The One Conducting The Therapy Sessions, And The Issues Commonly Involved Are The Following:
- Marital And Couple Issues
According to Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC, “Couples’ expectations about what marriage should be like are completely off from the reality of what marriage is actually like” There are a lot of issues surrounding marriage. These are compatibility, financial, trust, and abuse issues that arise in a relationship. These things should be addressed before they entirely create permanent damage. They could also contribute to emotional stress which then can lead to many health issues such as hypertension, heart problems, and cancer.
- Parent And Child Issues
MFT addresses issues surrounding parenting. Parents are interviewed and asked what their difficulties are. Their responses are discussed as well as their impacts on the child’s mental and emotional health. The child is also interviewed to determine his emotions and what are the factors that could be affecting him.
- Alcohol And Drug Addiction
MFT also addresses alcohol and drug addiction by any member of the family. The therapist determines the cause of the addiction and provides a treatment plan to end the issue. As Navdeep Kang, PsyD elaborates, “The first step was to understand that our goal was to mainstream addiction treatment into the general delivery of health care.” The participation of each family member is required to fix the problem.
- Grief And Distress
MFT also works with grief or distress from the loss of a family member. It is never a comfortable situation for someone to get through this kind of trial, and it could contribute to a lot of mental health issues. It is essential that each family member absorbs the positivity given by this kind of therapy.
Marriage and family therapy also addresses mental health issues affecting a family member such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and weight issues. MFT assists a family to be able to function or work together systematically. “Even better, these insights and skills that you’ll gain from marriage counseling and couples therapy can have great and lasting benefits in your other relationships, including in your relationships with colleagues, children, and other family members.” Julie Williams, Psy.D. said.
Trials and difficulties are all a part of life, and marriage and family therapy help each member to realize the importance of having one another, and how they can contribute to the wellness of each. The MFT practitioner educates them on how to handle issues that are often distracting. MFT aims to help a couple or a family to establish or re-establish their relationship by allowing each member to realize what the cause of the problem is and how they can compromise to create a solution.