It might not work in every situation, but family therapy can significantly increase your teen’s ability to recover and move forwards in their life. For instance, it improves their ability to discuss things with you. Discover the benefits of family therapy and how the process works, then reach out to Venture Academy today.
Family Therapy Benefits
Some of the things a family therapist can help with include one person’s diagnosis of addiction or a mental health condition, problems within the family, and blended families.
Three significant family therapy benefits are outlined below.
1. Working towards forgiveness
Family therapy sessions work excellently towards family members being able to forgive each other. Whether that’s a teen forgiving their parents for divorcing, or a sister forgiving her brother for his addiction, family therapy can help.
2. Dealing with Someone’s Diagnosis
If one member of the family is diagnosed with an addiction or a mental health condition, it’s important to remember that this affects the whole family. In other words, group therapy can help everyone to understand the condition and how they can learn to live with it. This is particularly important when it comes to addictions and substance abuse.
3. Conflict Resolution
A vital element of any family therapy treatment is conflict resolution. One of the crucial benefits of family therapy is understanding what causes conflict within the family and learning new skills to help manage it more healthily.
Some other family therapy benefits include:
- Increased empathy and respect for others
- Improved teamwork
- Improving honesty and openness
- A closer, stronger bond
- Increased trust
- Less isolation or feeling alone
There are many ways to utilize family therapy, for instance, after a crisis has occurred, such as your troubled teen being admitted to the hospital, or while going through a change in living situation, such as marriage or divorce.
How Family Therapy Works
Family therapy aims to improve communication and resolve conflict within a family group. The family group can be whoever your teen considers family, whether that’s parents and siblings, or foster parents. The sessions will also encourage the family to solve problems and make decisions together. This will bring the family group closer and forge stronger relationships between the individuals. For instance, this can significantly improve your teen’s mindset and enable them to tackle problems more efficiently. A troubled teen will feel much more supported, and they may even feel like they’re in a much better place to tackle mental health conditions, trauma, or addiction.
Family therapy can be difficult, but counsellors are trained to deal with any conflict that arises. On the other hand, family therapy sessions take work, commitment, and honesty, and sometimes, not everyone will participate as fully as necessary. However, the therapist leading the sessions will be an expert in resolving this, and they will be able to guide the group towards working together.
Contact Venture Academy
At Venture Academy, we value your teen’s individuality, and we customize all our treatment plans to fit them. Nevertheless, at the heart of our treatment lies a strong focus on education, so you can rest assured that your teen’s schoolwork will not suffer while they seek treatment.
Some of the programs we offer at Venture Academy include:
- Behavioural treatment program
- Drug and alcohol treatment program
- 30-day assessment and intervention
- School and educational program
- Electronic addiction treatment
With three facilities across Canada, in Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia, and staff specially trained to work with troubled teens, you can rest assured that Venture Academy is the best place for your troubled teen.
We understand how distressing it is to see your teen struggling with life, and are willing to listen. If you’d like to discuss family therapy or family therapy benefits with a friendly professional, call Venture Academy on 866.762.2211.