Some Benefits of Individual and Family Therapy
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Some Benefits of Individual and Family Therapy

Individual therapy is wonderful for rapport building and intimacy between client and therapist. The client is provided a safe environment to divulge information never shared with anyone else. However, family therapy often gives the therapist a better understanding of the family dynamics which may be the issue the client is having.

Having a good relationship with you therapist can be a wonderful experience.  Together you go through the process of change.  Some change can be very painful.  However, in the end when the patient is released from the pain, it is a miracle in the making.  Clients feel so much better about themselves.

However, in the one-on-one experience which is sacred and should never be replaced, the therapist gets only one side of the story when it comes to interpersonal relationships.  This story is truth according to the client, but the perception of the situation may be faulty.  The therapist can only comment on his/her experience dealing with many clients with different personalities based on the information given. 

Clients may have the tendency to see the other person as always wrong, or getting down on them for something when really it was not that person’s intention.  For example, a client might say that her husband is demanding when in fact he might be just asking her to try to do things when she is depressed and doesn’t want to do anything at all.

The same thing said to her by the therapist may be accepted, but since the husband said so, it would never be accepted.

Family counseling provides a wonderful environment where the therapist can get to see how all members of the family get along together.  Though it is true the husband in the above situation might be on his best behavior during the season and the wife is absolutely right, more often than not his true personality comes out as he eases into the situation and after a few sessions he begins to be his true self.

One of my professors told us that it happened quite often in his practice that one client would explain what her spouse, or child, or whomever she or he was having problems with was like. Yet, when he had family sessions my professor found that that family member was not anything like the way he was perceived to be.

Family counseling is a wonderful therapy to build trust and interpersonal relationships.  The therapist can analyze the dynamics in the family and point to better understanding and better ways of communicating as a family.

One argument about family therapy is that the intimacy between the actual client and therapist is exposed; but that is not necessarily so.  The therapist can schedule private sessions if need be.  The goal of family therapy is not to undermine the one-on-one  therapy session ,  but to enhance individual therapy if and when necessary.

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Personal counseling experience

Individual therapy is wonderful for rapport building and intimacy between client and therapist.  The client is provided a safe

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Excellent piece, Carol. Tweeted.

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thank you graciella

What's hard with family therapy is that one member of the family might feel ganged up on. It's the job of the therapist to defuse these situations... it's not always easy to do this. Great article.

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the therapist does not always do that depending upon the therapy he or she is going for.  Everything though may not seem right to the clients but it is for a therapeutic reason. I am going to be talking alot more about family therapy and how it works in the months to come.

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