Depending on circumstances, a therapist may point out to the family patterns that have gone unnoticed or suggest different ways of responding to other family members. These changes in the way of responding may then trigger repercussions encouraging others to also respond more positively, bringing change to the whole system, leading to a more satisfactory systemic state and better functioning in the family as a whole.
Family therapy can be useful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger or conflict. It can help you and your family members understand one another better and learn coping skills to bring you closer together.
The goal of family therapy is to return the family as a whole to health, such that each family member is emotionally connected to the family and embraced as a fully functioning member while at the same time is differentiated as an individual, able to pursue and achieve personal goals.
Family therapy is a way of thinking; family therapists are relational therapists, in that they are interested in the interactions between people. A family therapist will meet several members of a family at the same time. This has the advantage of making changes in how family members perceive mutual relationships and the interaction patterns of the family.
Patterns of family behaviour are often repetitive, appearing at home and in the therapy office, allowing the therapist to enter into the family system and begin to make changes to help people interact in ways that heal and repair relationships.
Shift Cognitive Therapy + Assessment is a team of psychologists and counsellers in Oakville, ON. We specialize in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and anxiety for children, teens and adults.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Emotion-Focused Therapy
The goal of cognitive behaviour therapy is to help individuals become aware of the thoughts and patterns of behaviour that keep them feeling stuck. Its focus is on the ‘here-and-now’ to help relieve current symptoms and address current problems.
Emotion-Focused Therapy is an approach to couples and family issues that focuses on identifying and correcting repetitive and dysfunctional patterns that leave people feeling alone and unsupported. EFT helps members of a couple or family to remain engaged with each other in order to better communicate what each really needs from the other.