Family therapy is a place where we can really better understand each other and improve communication with one another. If we have lived with the same individuals for an extended period, we begin to assume we know what the other person is thinking. This results in us avoiding conversations because "we know how they will respond." Especially with addiction, family therapy is necessary to manage the multiple dynamics that are at work within the family system during active addiction.
Family therapy is a place where we can identify and express what each member of the family is truly thinking and feeling. Additionally, it is an opportunity to identify unhealthy labels that we give family members such as "the identified patient," in the family or the "scapegoat" of the family. Once we identify these labels, we can begin to move away from behaviors related to the labels.
Family Therapy allows us to be free of distractions to focus on what is most important. Because we all have busy lives, I often say that the office environment alone does 60% of the work in family therapy, the individuals in therapy do 35% of the work, and I do about 5% of the work.