Marriage and Family Therapists specialize in systems. Everyone is connected in the system, like links in a chain. Our families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, classmates, and others all are critical parts of our everyday life and how we exist within these circles can play a massive role in our emotional health, for better or worse. Bringing the systems into the therapy room rather than working on issues with a single individual can produce quick and effective results. Your therapist will recommend utilizing family therapy when it appears beneficial.
The overall goal [of counseling] is to help family members become “system experts” who could know [their] family system so well that the family could readjust itself without the help of an expert.
Family systems theory offers therapists an invaluable way of understanding their clients’ strengths and problems – clarifying the familial rules, roles, myths, communication patters, and boundary issues that defined their clients’ development.