In this system, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Family therapy considers problem behaviors within the family to have a purpose in this system.
Family therapy treats interaction patterns within the family as meaningful actions. Even when these patterns seem dysfunctional, they may be the family’s way of coping with stress. Family therapy considers problem behaviors within the family to be a result of ineffective interactions among all family members, rather than an issue with one individual family member. The focus of treatment is to improve the family’s interactions.
Family therapists approach treatment from a number of perspectives. They help the family find alternative ways to interact and solve problems. Family therapy is an effective treatment choice for many problems. During the assessment process, the therapist, along with the family, will determine if the whole family or only certain members will be a part of the process.