FAMILY THERAPY INTERVENTIONAT THE VERUS BONIFATIUS CLINIC
WHAT IS A FAMILY THERAPY INTERVENTION?
A family therapy intervention – also called family therapy – is a psychological therapy procedure that focuses on the family. The patients are not seen as individuals, but as part of the social reference system of the family. Here, an attempt is made to take a comprehensive look at the family’s life situation and to uncover, discuss and solve problems between individual members. With regard to the terminology of family therapy intervention, it should be noted that the curative character of the therapy is the decisive difference to family counselling.
WHEN IS A FAMILY THERAPY INTERVENTION CARRIED OUT?
If there are persistent, serious conflicts within your family that you feel hopeless about resolving, our family therapists can help you. In addition, they may opt for a family therapy intervention if one of their family members suffers from an illness or disorder that negatively affects daily life and the relationship between the individual members. Even if the affected family member is not only seen as an individual during therapy, the assistance of the family and the clear support can be quite helpful. Of course, this also applies reciprocally. Our family therapists can also help you to come to terms with an illness that has arisen as a result of family conflicts or the behaviour of individual family members.
WHAT IS THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF FAMILY THERAPY INTERVENTIONS?
While family therapy intervention developed in the USA as early as the 1950s, it only began to spread in Europe a decade later. The original idea behind this topic is to find an extended approach to the causal research of psychological disorders or disease patterns. Here, for the first time, the focus of causal research was shifted – away from the affected persons as individuals – to the consideration of interpersonal relationships.
EVIDENCE FROM THE FAMILY THERAPY INTERVENTION
Family therapy can achieve very positive results. Especially on the interaction between family relationships and possible mental illness, quick results can be seen. Nevertheless, the professional competence of the therapists is of particular importance. Our therapists are therefore very attentive to the reactions of the different members of the family to the conflicts raised and look for the best form and duration of therapy for their family.