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Family Therapy

The Systemic Family Therapy (or family therapy) is a psychotherapeutic process in which the members of a family will be involved together in order to find constructive ways to solve the problems they obviously share. One or more therapists will work to give the families some opportunities to empower their potential. Assuming the importance of family and relational contexts in each individual, respecting each other’s perspectives, beliefs and narratives, the therapist(s) promote positive changes for the family as a whole such as for every member personally.

This therapeutic model is particularly beneficial in moments of crisis of its members. The familial environment has demonstrated to have enormous potentialities to overcome psychological or medical issues. Because it is focused on working simultaneously various relationships, a family therapy is generally more effective than any other kind of therapy, bringing positive changes in a shorter time.

Usually, the family therapy is a quite brief process (around 10 to 12 sessions). The sessions last approximately one hour, twice a month. The presence of all the family is not always compulsory for the session to be done: some or all the members of the family will be required to assist depending on the ongoing work. However, before the beginning of the therapy, there is a phase of assessment that lasts 2 to 4 sessions, preferably done weekly. During those sessions of assessment all the members must be present.

Situations where a family therapy can be recommended:

- Familial conflicts and changes in the familial environment;
- Mental issues in children and adolescents;
- Parenthood and coupledom;
- Support to a family going through a process of separation or divorce;
- Conduct disorders in children, attention disorders or hyperactivity;
- Emotional disorders, anxiety, depression, mourning;
- Psychotic disorders;
- Anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders;
- Adoption, child fostering;
- Domestic violence;
- Substances abuse, drugs, alcohol and other addictions;
- Migration process and cultural adaptations;
- Significant changes in the family life, like birth, retirement, emancipation of the children, caring of an elderly or dependent person…;