While most families deeply love and care for one another, conflict among family members can rise to debilitating proportions. Some stressors that trigger family conflict are acute, such as loss of a job or a loved one; others are chronic and long-term, such as medical or psychiatric illness of a family member. Many families have not learned the skills to communicate effectively with one another and to manage conflict, and, even if they have, often these skills are inaccessible in the highly charged emotional environment of the home.
Effective family therapy allows each family member to be heard, and teaches skills in mindfulness, validation, self-regulation, and healthy expression of emotions. The overarching goal of family therapy is to provide a family with tools and a safe space to practice new skills, so that family members may reconnect, appreciate one another again, and go on to function well for years to come.