Family therapy believes that every family is a unique social system, has its own structure and patterns of communication. Family counselors are the therapists who are therapists for diagnosis, assess and treat individuals or relationships so that they can have an adequate social adjustment, family adjustment, and successful marriage. It is psychotherapy that has multiple objectives. It helps in better understanding within a family and relationship. Suppose, one person of the family is an alcoholic or addicted to drugs, the whole family suffers the stress. Same way, a death in a family might lead to severe depression on one or more family members. The family counselor through proper counseling, interviews and other testing and technical methods would help one overcome such stresses or sorrows or depressions.
In such relationship therapy, the biggest benefit is that you are asking for third party interference for the problem of your family, and that person is a trained person. He/she wouldtry to solve the crisis un-biasedly. It takes hardly 5 to 6 sessions to complete family counseling mostly. But sometimes in some critical cases, it may need 20-30 sessions.
The family counselor has the skills and abilities, such as:
- Providing good and sound treatment based on client needs and treatment plans.
- They should understand diagnostic evaluation methods, mental status exams, and know the use of DSM-IV.
- The therapist should have the ability to use different diagnoses and treatment approaches for a range of clients.
- They should have the ability to provide crisis intervention services.
- They should know aboutthe latest developments in the field and also have to be in touch with other agencies, psychiatrists, and medical doctors for referring the clients to special cases.
- Must be very responsible and very ethical to their job.
The family therapy successfully treated different types of families in many different situations, such as:
- Conflicts between parents in their relationship.
- Behavior or school problem of a child.
- The siblings do not get along with each other.
- A family member is mentally or physically ill, or is alcoholic or addicted to drugs or is in severe depression.