Healing the Home: Family Therapy in San Francisco
Does any group of people have a greater impact on your life than your family?
Your family influences your daily well-being, happiness, and (in many cases)
stress levels. When that stress gets out of control—or when your family is
undergoing a sudden change or shift—it may be time to seek out a San Francisco
Licensed marriage and family therapists (MFT) in San Francisco
are trained to deal with the many variations of a modern family. Whether for the
entire home or only a few members, therapy can bring your family back together
when you need it most. Some circumstances where a San Francisco family therapist
might be able to help:
Mental Illness or Learning Disability
When one person in your home is suffering from bipolar disorder, depression,
ADD, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, or any other mental illness or learning disorder, it
often affects everyone else in the family as well. If your family needs help
coping with the daily stresses of dealing with special needs, a family therapist
can design a plan that makes everyone feel a little more at ease.
Divorce or Separation
Divorce or separation doesn’t just affect a married couple. Children, too, will
feel the sense of loss that comes from the end of a marriage. There will be
fears, tension, anger, and sadness to be dealt with, and a trained San Francisco
family therapist can help everyone sort through the strange emotions they may be
feeling. Family therapy can also help young children understand that the end of
their parents’ marriage is not their fault, and that both adults still love
them. If remarriage becomes an option, then family therapy is also the ideal way
to deal with the integration of step-siblings or a “new” parent. The key here is
making sure that your children are comfortable and happy in their new home.
Sometimes, families just need a little help learning how to communicate better
with one another. Parents and teens, especially, often resort to shouting
matches where no one is heard, and no one’s needs get met. Instead, a San
Francisco family therapist can teach you more effective methods of communicating
with each other. There are ways to be assertive without being aggressive, as
well as ways to listen to what your teenager is saying without shutting them out
completely. Learn them with the assistance of a family therapist.
Low Grades or Trouble at School
Often, a student’s poor conduct at school is a reflection of another, more deep
seeded, problem. Instead of the constant cycle of punishment and continued bad
behavior, why not discover the root of the problem with a visit to a family
therapist? San Francisco’s family therapists are trained to work discreetly
alongside the school system for integrated results.
Death of a Loved One
Whether it’s a parent, child, sibling, friend, or other close relationship, the
death of a loved one can affect the entire family dynamic. San Francisco family
therapy can guide the whole family through this difficult process.