Each family is made up of a number of members, typically parents, children, extended family, and other kinship. Each individual has an effect on the larger family unit. There are common stress points for families, such as having a baby, adolescence seeking more independence, a parent losing a job, marital problems, separation and divorce, physical or mental health disabilities, school problems, substance abuse or domestic violence. Often individuals will be challenged to make successful healthy changes without the support of family members. Sometimes individuals are overwhelmed by their role in the family. Family therapy can help a family to work together and share the benefits of a mutually supportive and caring family life.
Efforts will be directed towards helping spouses and other intimate partners solve problems, make decisions, maintain appropriate boundaries, communicate, and support each other in mutually respectful ways. Common problems include trust, infidelity, separation, and emotional distancing. Role of parenting, authority, power, boundaries, conflict, problem solving, communication, and mutual support and respect are of primary focus.
Chet Muklewicz, EDD
Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist
Parents often say they treat all of their children the same. It might be more accurate to say that they love all of their children equally. It must be appreciated that each child is born into a unique situation. Firstborn children, for example, are born into a world of adults and have the exclusive attention of their parents. On the other hand, a fourth child will have less parental attention but enter a world filled with siblings. The needs of children change with age, as well. Therapy will focus on facilitating emotional intimacy, effective communication, and appropriate boundaries in parent-child relationships.