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Family in crisis and family therapy

Faced with the question of whether the family is in crisis, the question should not be whether it is or not, but rather to see which models are being blurred and which ones are located in their place.

We must also be careful to assimilate the nuclear family model as the “normal and majority”. What happens is that this model makes itself felt more strongly, perhaps because of its history and that is why it tends to prevail over other modes of organization. The nuclear family that we know and that today is in crisis -according to several authors- has been the effect of an arduous and intense process of familiarization strategies that are integrated into biopolitics, according to Foucault, M.

The crisis in the family model

The crisis appears as constitutive of the family and therefore as constant in it, family organizations are transformed over time, but the family as an institution is far from weakening, which does not imply that it goes through a period of mutations, innovations.

Thus, the nuclear, patriarchal family is fading to make way for new family organizations such as single-parent, homoparental, community, and assembled families, among many others.

In our days we are witnessing a notorious disintegration and dissemination of the family group that is gradually transformed into an increasingly open universe, competition appears between the members, the unemployment of the man, and the individual – consumer rises to the first place in importance It is no longer a matter of family members working and working , as in the beginnings of Modernity , but now they have to be brought together and allowed time for group consumption.

In other words, nowadays, other organizational models seek to impose themselves on the classic nuclear family, namely, homosexual, single-parent, mixed families. What is in crisis today is not the family institution but a specific hegemonic organizational form of thinking about the family.

The family composition inserted in the “Integrated World Capitalism” according to Guattarí and in the “Empire” of Hardt and Negri, is crossed by divorces , women who work outside the home , formation of new couples by transformations produced by the aging process , single mothers , fathers taking care of their children after divorce, homosexual couples with or without children.

The multiplicity of ways of organizing families and the coexistence that take place within it grows more and more, which can be seen as something regrettable by some or as part of the process of mutation of daily life where the crisis transforms , then produces movement, innovation and social creativity.

Crisis and family therapy

Another form of crisis that families suffer is the family crisis. The family crisis, unlike the crisis experienced in the family model, is a crisis that affects the psyche of the entire family nucleus directly and on an emotional level.

To treat the family crisis there are different types of psychotherapies , among them the most used is family therapy.

Family therapy is designed to address specific issues, such as transitions that occur in life or mental health conditions, that affect the psychological health of the family and therefore its normal functioning. This therapy can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts that cause family concerns and problems.

The traumatic experiences , stressful situations, financial difficulties, emotional losses such as divorce or death of a Loved One or just be some unexpected changes, can change noticeably family functioning.

Family therapy also works as an effective treatment to treat mental health conditions that affect the family, for example: family member who suffers from a psychological disorder such as depression , eating disorders , chronic diseases, problems with substance abuse, conflicts in adolescence or conflicts within the family environment.

Family therapy sessions

Family therapy sessions are often held once a week for no more than 10 sessions. Most last a maximum of 50 or 60 minutes and focus on solving problems in the short term, because if you wanted to solve a long-term problem, it would require that each of the members attend an individual psychotherapy, to be able to find this way the focus that affects each individual and therefore the family group.

These sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you’ve finished going to therapy sessions. It will also provide tools to family members to improve family confidence and self – confidence of each member.

A family therapy aims to:

  • Be inclusive and consider the needs of each family member or other key relationships that affect family functioning.
  • Help each member of the family to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and those of other members.
  • Be sensitive to various types and forms of family relationships, beliefs, and cultures.
  • Assist family members in communication. Encourage them to express themselves together or individually, often on difficult or distressing topics, in a way that respects their experiences.
  • Provide you with tools to increase assertiveness and emotional security.

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Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of ​​Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.

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