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Does family therapy work? Would family therapy help me?

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Last Updated: 04/27/2021 at 2:01pm
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Lisa Meighan, MSc Psychology


Hello, I am Lisa and I work in a person-centred approach mixed with cognitive behavioural therapy. I believe we all have the potential to be the best we can be.

Top Rated Answers
October 21st, 2014 2:45am
Every experience and situation is different, but chances are that if you think it is worth a try then it very well might be a beneficial experience
October 31st, 2014 4:34am
In many cases family therapy can be very beneficial, but that depends on the person. If you are open minded and willing to make changes that will better your relationship with your family members, than yes it can help you.
November 4th, 2014 8:44am
While there are no guarantees, family therapy can only be a good thing. Group therapy is just a safe environment where people can feel free to share their opinions, feelings, and concerns. In that kind of environment, people can have productive and meaningful conversations, come to a better understanding of one another, and set boundaries and goals for one another. With a therapist there to facilitate, they can perhaps help you to realize and vocalize thoughts you didn't even know you had.
November 5th, 2014 12:41am
Family therapy could work sometimes. It really just depends on you and your family. It also depends on the therapist.
November 5th, 2014 2:06am
Everyone is different. It depends on both your family and your therapist. I would recommend trying it and seeing how it goes! It might give you and your family a chance to deal with your issues in a new way.
November 15th, 2014 7:16am
Everyone's situation is different. Family therapy can be effective if all parties are willing to participate.
December 8th, 2014 5:29pm
Family therapy can be a great help if everyone is willing to listen and work on any possible issues. Every person and every family is different, but one of the big things family therapy *can* help with, is communication, which alone can be a lot of help. You're the best one to make that choice, but it definitely works best when everyone going is open to it and willing to be a part of therapy.
December 22nd, 2014 12:26am
It CAN work,and it CAN help... Wether it works for you,or helps you is hard to say just like that. You could always try to make an appointment and see wether you could see yourself doing the therapy or not.
December 30th, 2014 5:30am
It always depends on if the family is willing to be helped! Family therapy did not work out well for me because my family wasn't comfortable talking so openly in front of each other about their feelings at the time. But it never hurts to try it out! If family therapy doesn't work, individual therapy is your best bet! :)
January 3rd, 2015 6:17am
Family therapy only works if the members of the family let it work. You can only help those who want to be helped. If there are people in your family who just want nothing to do with the therapy session, then it may not be as effective.
May 6th, 2015 3:53am
I'm pretty sure they'll try to help you out as much as they possibly can. Can't guarantee it'll work never know unless you try
August 25th, 2015 8:38pm
There is not a "one answer fits all" for everybody. The only way you will know if family therapy works for you is to experience it for yourself. You can take some steps before hand to try to ensure that you will have a family therapy session that can work for all of you. You can try to touch base with the therapist before hand and ask questions. Call and speak with the therapist beforehand about the sessions and what you expect to get out of it. Make sure you have the right therapist for you and your family and that you all are in sync with the therapist and their approach. Talk and discuss things beforehand with your family about what you want and what you all expect to get from the sessions to help make your sessions a more comfortable experience and situation with each other.
November 3rd, 2015 2:41am
I do feel this can be beneficial. However, it will take both or all of the people attending to make a positive change. I have a degree in Human Services and Social Work as well as currently attending family therapy with my daughter right now. There will be times where it gets heated, emotional, and hurtful things will be said. This is all part of opening up and working through built up issues. There is a lot of research that shows the benefits of family therapy and many things can be found online. You can also speak with a provider to get their insight as well.
December 28th, 2015 4:57pm
i think its a helpful way to get everyones opinions heard and recognized but i also think seperate therapy is great as well . it allows a single person to focus on themselves before focusing on a larger problem that involves more opinions and lewis which can become confusing
July 25th, 2016 1:32am
Every therapy works if people really want to work on it. If you think it could help you to go through some difficulties you have encountered in the past about your family, maybe you can try it. :) It's your call.
August 1st, 2016 2:01am
If you think your family needs therapy then go for it. Therapy will be a good way for you and your family to open up to each other and share each others opinions.
October 18th, 2016 2:00am
I have never done family therapy, but if it is a family problem, I do suggest it! Especially when there is abuse.
March 21st, 2017 9:24pm
Family therapy is a vital step in a lot of families lives and can assure we work through problems in the best possible ways going forward in the future for everyone individually involved.
May 11th, 2020 3:44pm
Family therapy works for many families, but there is indeed other families that have problems where family therapy will not help. This depends on the problems, feelings and persons in the family, and sometimes it might also depend on the therapist. It is hard to tell if family therapy will help you and your family, based on the fact that I don't know what issues you struggle with. I think that no one can tell if family therapy really helps for you, before you try it out yourself. Your family would have to cooperate with you too before it can work out.,
April 27th, 2021 2:01pm
Navigating family relationships as we get older can be quite difficult. Since I do not know more information about the issues that your family is going through, I cannot really answer if family therapy would help. What I can say though, is that it is worth a try if you feel it would help your family, especially if there are some communication issues. Family therapy has been known to help with better communication within families, and talking out problems with a third party can be really beneficial! There are several articles on 7 cups that may be helpful to you as well.