Each family is unique, both in structure and function. Family Therapy can identify a range of struggles the family may be facing at the moment. The family therapy process enables each member to prioritize and target issues that have impacted the family unity.
Every individual is unique and sometimes it is difficult for one to see how their form of behavior or communication can impact the family dynamics. When this occurs, an important role of the therapist is to work with the family to learn and embrace strategies that can enhance the communication and interaction within the family dynamics. For instance, families can work on developing clearer communication skills such as learning “when and how to pause” so that they are able to listen to what the other person is actually saying. Many families learn that it is okay to disagree and still maintain respect for each person’s opinion.
The goal of grief therapy is to help the individual through the process of grief. Giving oneself the permission to grieve and helping them move towards acceptance are crucial aspects of this type of therapy work.
Grief /Loss Therapy is also helpful for family custody matters. For instance, when a parent/guardian has lost the custody of their child(ren) or the child(ren) has lost significant or complete contact with a parent/guardian, one cannot underestimate the grief experienced by the parent/guardian or child(ren). Validation of the loss is just as important as helping the person obtain acceptance of the current reality.