Sustaining a loving, supportive family may seem like an impossible goal when conflicts erupt, trust wears away, and emotional or behavioral problems rule the day. When your family unit needs support, it’s time to turn to the caring mental health professionals at Greenpoint Psychotherapy. They make it easy for families in New York City and the Greater New York metropolitan area to schedule therapy by providing all their services through telehealth and offering extended evening hours. Book online or call the office in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn today to schedule a family therapy appointment.

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What is family therapy?

Family therapy centers on the challenges faced by the family unit while also recognizing and supporting the needs of individual family members.

This type of therapy is not limited to a traditional nuclear family. Instead, the family unit includes everyone in your household, even if they’re not related.

Why do people seek family therapy?

Families seek therapy at Greenpoint Psychotherapy when they face overwhelming issues or get stuck in problems they can’t resolve on their own. People frequently seek help when family members:

  • Stop communicating
  • Criticize and blame one another (harmful or destructive communication)
  • Are stuck in dysfunctional or disruptive behaviors
  • Engage in emotional or physical abuse
  • Isolate one person (as punishment or because they disrupt the family)
  • Don’t allow individuals to achieve their own goals and dreams

Individuals may be insulting or disrespectful toward other family members. Some may start to demand that everything be done their way.

When these problems (and others) persist, the household environment becomes negative and emotionally damaging, making it impossible to improve without therapy.

What problems can family therapy improve?

The caring Greenpoint Psychotherapy providers support families with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Parent-child conflict
  • Sibling conflict
  • Gender identity and transitions
  • Behavioral problems
  • Trouble at school
  • Substance abuse
  • Becoming a stepfamily
  • Communication challenges
  • Divorce or separation
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Major life transitions (moving, the birth of a new baby, job loss)
  • Mental health disorders (in any family member)

The entire family unit is affected when one member struggles with a mental health disorder. In addition to meeting with the entire family, your therapist may also recommend individual therapy for some family members.

What type of family therapy might I receive?

The Greenpoint Psychotherapy providers are highly skilled in many different therapies. After meeting with your family and learning about your family dynamics, conflicts, and worrisome emotions, moods, and behaviors, they recommend a customized treatment plan.

Your therapist may integrate several approaches, drawing from techniques such as:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Structural family therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Internal family systems (IFS) therapy

No matter what issues your family faces, therapy teaches ways to resolve conflict, restore trust and understanding, manage angry outbursts, communicate respectfully, and rebuild a functional family.

Call Greenpoint Psychotherapy today or book a telehealth appointment online to begin the path toward a healthy, happy family.