Our family life lays the foundation for our choices, decisions, and reactions in our lives. Our early family experiences influence the way we choose to live, raise new families, and participate in current relationships. Family therapy can be helpful when dealing with difficult times, such as the death of a family member, a separation or divorce, or a family conflict. Family therapy focuses on relationships within the family unit and takes place with other family members present. Family therapy may be the primary focus of treatment, or it could be used as a supplement to individual therapy.
In Family Therapy, the family is seen as a "whole" system, rather than just as the sum of its individual members. As with individual and group therapy, Family Therapy is used to approach a wide variety of therapeutic goals.
Rather than viewing problems as owned and caused by a particular family member, Family Therapy helps to identify the ways that relationship and individual problems are caused and maintained by the family dynamics. For example, if a child is having academic and social problems, the focus will be on identifying the family patterns that have contributed to the child acting out, rather than on working intra-psychically with the child alone.
Your therapist may look at the patterns of communication, including the smaller "subsystems" within the family. This approach may explore how parents relate, as well as how the siblings relate, in addition to the bigger picture of the whole family.
KMA family therapists also focus on the various "roles" that each person plays in the family, in addition to the communication styles (both verbal and nonverbal) within it. How the family interacts as a whole is also explored.
You and your family therapist will discuss the best course of action regarding how often you will meet. It is common to meet at least once a week, but this can vary.
To book an appointment for your initial consultation, simply register online or call us at 416-487-6288. We are located at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto. We look forward to meeting you!