Family Therapy?

posted 3 months ago in Family
Post # 2
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2021 - Chicago, IL

As a therapist (and participant in family therapy), I can attest that family therapy is only effective if all members are motivated to make changes. Typically with dysfunctional family systems, family therapy can often be immensely challenging with a multitude of personality differences and deeper seeded issues. It’s often also recommended that participants in family therapy also seek their own individual therapy. 

Post # 3
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2020

PP, how can I get my parents into family therapy with me?

Post # 5
9119 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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stonerbee420 :  

Go on your own first. You are in no way ready for the maelstrom of family therapy . 

Post # 6
1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I’ve done it from 10 years old and finally ended it at 24 (I was considered an adult from 18 on as far as the family therapist was concerned.) when my youngest family member aged out and the state stopped coming. It was both helpful and not helpful. Helpful because it got the rest of us into individual therapy which was much more helpful. Not helpful because the reason we were all in it is never going to change their behavior so it was mainly repetition with different therapists thinking they were going to be able to get it through this time. We all mainly see our own therapists at this point and I have moved away and gotten married.

Post # 8
526 posts
Busy bee

Chiming in from a different perspective. We have a child with major mental health issues. Family therapy helped us immensely! It took several tries and finding the right therapist, but she was wonderful. This is not specific to your situation as he’s a minor child we can force to attend and dole consequences to for non-engagement. But figured I would share for anyone else who could benefit!

I have a majorly dysfunctional family that I dont even talk to. I have done a lot of individual counseling to learn home to deal with, improve upon, and live my life happily despite those experiences.

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