Family therapy involves a whole family, or several family members, all meeting with a therapist. Family therapy can be helpful if a family is having problems getting along. It can also be used with one family member has a problem, and family relationships may be contributing to or maintaining the problem. In many cases the problem may be exhibited by a child, but this is not always the case. Families that attend therapy often find that being seen together and individually is useful. In order to offer clients flexibility, it is possible for families to be seen in whatever manner they find the most useful. It is possible to do this through intensive sessions (longer than a therapeutic hour), multiple sessions per week, splitting sessions, or weekly sessions with varying combinations of family members. Some questions you may ask yourself are:
Does your family have difficulty communicating?
Do you feel that there is always arguing in your family system?
Did your family just experience a major transition (birth, death, divorce, marriage) and is having a difficult time adjusting?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions; Dr. DeVincentis will discuss with your family issues related to communication, conflict resolution, dysfunctional patterns of behavior in hopes of forming new more functional patterns of behavior that create small positive changes that can lead to bigger changes that may enhance your life and yield more happiness. Family therapy is often recommended if a child has a behavior problem. Some family therapists see the child with the problem as the "scapegoat" and view the problem as actually residing within the family system. Eating disorders in adolescents are often treated with family therapy. Family therapists avoid blaming any family member for the problems, rather they help the family interact in different ways that may solve the problem.