Many practitioners are skilled in family therapy and marital counseling in Massachusetts. At times these can be more appropriate than individual therapy.
Most people think of therapy as involving a one-to-one relationship with a therapist. However, there are times when it is more appropriate for family therapy and marital counseling either instead of or in addition to individual therapy.
There are many circumstances when these strategies may be applicable however, there are obvious conditions when one or more parties feel that family therapy or marital counseling is called for:
- a marital relationship is being compromised or threatened and the couple is enlisting the help of a third-party to assist them either to restore a sense of commitment to and well-being in the relationship, or to facilitate a functional termination of the relationship
- a couple feels that they need assistance with one or more of their children who either refuses to participate in treatment or who may be too young to engage in therapy
- a member of a family is experiencing developmental, emotional and/or behavioral symptoms that are disruptive to the whole family system
- a family needs hands-on guidance from a therapist to be appropriately supportive and assistive in the treatment or recovery of a member of the family
- the attendance of one or more members of a family provides the extra emotional security that a patient needs to engage in treatment
- a couple or family concurrently experience a traumatic event
Family Therapy and Marital Counseling Options
These are by no means an exhaustive list of the reasons that family therapy or marital counseling may be called on as an intervention strategy. There are even some therapists who belong to a school of thought that promotes the belief that these modes of treatment are always the treatment of choice regardless of the presenting problem because it treats the individual within a socio-emotional context.
As is true of individual therapy, there are many “brands” of family therapy and marital counseling. Each of these may use somewhat different strategies of intervention depending on how they understand the workings of a family or couple unit.
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