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Is family therapy really beneficial?

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Last Updated: 11/02/2020 at 3:53am
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November 15th, 2014 9:02am
Family therapy can be beneficial if those involved are receptive to the idea, trust the process, and are welling to be honest and work through whatever concerns need to be address.
November 20th, 2014 10:16pm
It varies. Therapy may work for one family, but may not be beneficial for another. You should do what you believe will help your family best.
November 23rd, 2014 3:48pm
Family therapy allows a forum so that all of the members can be heard. So often one or more of the members of a family are afraid to speak without the encouragement and support of an unbiased listener.
December 4th, 2014 6:48am
Family therapy is beneficial to a certain extent. Therapy depends on how much an individual gives, it could address any problems and may help sort things out in a civil way.
December 8th, 2014 1:32pm
Based on my experience family therapy really helped my family and i as we where able to talk about things as a group :)
December 9th, 2014 2:03pm
Family will always support you and try to help you, but it is also true that sometimes they are not subjective enough because they know you too much. Plus, sometimes they can judge in excess. In any case, you will always be able to count on them, as having someone to listen to you, makes you feel stronger. Remember you are not facing problems alone!
December 17th, 2014 11:32pm
It can be if you find a competent professional. It isn't a magical fix, however. It takes a lot of time.
December 21st, 2014 7:26pm
It can be but, there has to be emotional "buy in" the family involved has to want to make the changes necessary and know that therapy will give them those tools and techniques needed to succeed. In the end its about going for the right reasons.
December 29th, 2014 4:15am
Family therapy has been shown to have many positive effects! Allow me to share a direct quote from GAMFT (Georgia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy): "A review of family therapy research examined its long-term effects and found that, in follow-up periods ranging from six weeks to three years, only 36% of patients in family therapy required further treatment, as compared with 58% of those undergoing alternative therapies. When measures of recidivism are examined, such as hospitalization, family therapy also shows a higher success rate than alternative treatments. Studies have shown that marriage and family therapy has been successful in treating alcoholism, anorexia and other eating disorders, psychosomatic asthma, overly aggressive children, juvenile delinquency, and other problems." It is absolutely worth it! :)
January 5th, 2015 1:32am
Family therapy can be really helpful for those who need it. It can be a great therapy style that can help families to see their problems and how to communicate better. Individual therapy is great and can help people with personal issues but family therapy can help all the individuals involved to come together and work things out.
April 24th, 2015 12:13am
Yes! Therapists are trained on a variety of issues, and are able to help you take control of your life . They can walk wih you on your journey, and give you beneficial suggestions
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April 30th, 2015 9:17pm
Extremely! It can bring out issues that none of you knew were there. It can bring you closer to each other and help you learn to communicate better with each other.
May 2nd, 2015 6:02pm
I believe that it is.. It can help the family come together and learn many ways to talk to each other..
May 31st, 2015 4:11pm
Family therapy can help all members of the family understand concerns, and address issues to make the family bond and dynamic stronger, all while in a safe and nonjudgmental place. Family therapy is very beneficial.
July 20th, 2015 2:45am
I've never experienced family therapy, but my guess would be that it's different for each and every family out there. It's beneficial to some families while to others it just makes things worse. It's something that you would just have to try in order to find out, I mean you won't really know just by asking someone even if they've been through it because like I mentioned before it varies from family to family. It's different for everyone. What works for someone else's family may not necessarily work for yours.
November 3rd, 2015 1:36am
It can be :) it can be an opportunity for you all to be open and honest in a safe environment a therapist can act as mediator and encouraged to facilitate honest and open discussion making sure everyone has a chance to be heard.
February 4th, 2016 2:23am
I'm sure!! it could bring families closer together and show that they're problems can be resolved. everything will be alright
February 10th, 2016 7:56pm
Family therapy can be for some families, on the other hand, with some families it cannot be beneficial.
April 11th, 2016 4:36am
If your family members are all willing and supportive about it then yes. It is good to go together and solve the issues that you guys can't solve together.
May 8th, 2017 4:38am
Every thing is beneficial if you think it would work. Also the inter person relations in a family play a major role in deciding if the family therapy would work or not. It is a matter of faith be a family therapy or a professional advice.
March 13th, 2018 6:25am
I do believe its really great. It makes you look at things with other perspectives. It helps you realize that there are no absolute truths, but rather different shades and that everyone has their truth, and that doesn't make it wrong or right, it just makes it different. And thats ok. Also it helps you to express what you feel in a more kind and assertive way without hurting others, and sometimes we can't communicate well because we have so much grief inside. And a therapist can really empathize with it to reduce it and that way get to a better communication.
May 15th, 2018 11:51pm
Sometimes it is and sometimes it is not, like any other type of therapy it depends on the therapist and the people who come for help.
November 2nd, 2020 3:53am
It's hard to answer a clear YES or NO, because it really depends on the therapist, and how your family dynamic responds to it. I have been to family therapy and it was helpful when we individually saw it as a positive space for understanding, reflection, and change. When people are able to accept hearing hard truths and criticism (that may not always be expressed constructively), it may seem beneficial and like change is possible. However, when people become defensive and tend to dismiss others or let their ego charge their relationships, it can be really tricky to see benefit in family therapy. Wish you all the best here!