Family Therapy Interventions: Recipe for a Good Intervention

When a family breaks down it is a stressful time for everyone involved, sometimes family therapy interventions are needed to get everyone back on track. Family therapy can be difficult, since you have a group of different personalities and each coming to the problem with a different viewpoint. It can also be a volatile time if communication has broken down. Some members of the family may feel insecure about expressing their feelings. They may feel they will be attacked if they express how they truly feel. The main component of any therapy session is everyone needs to feel safe and valued.

An intervention is a coordinated effort by family and friends to get someone to seek help with a drug dependence, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other serious problem. The professionals that are assisting you with this intervention should customize the techniques and therapy sessions to each individual family. They shouldn’t view an intervention as a onetime event but an evolving process. Interventions have been used to concentrate on a serious personal problem such as alcoholism, gambling addictions, eating disorders, self mutilation and it can also focus its concentration on helping the victim of abuse – whether it is sexual, physical or mental abuse, also known as trauma recovery.

There have been many creative interventions developed throughout the years to help families heal with the least amount of stress. Interventions assist in creating a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can feel safe. The main component of any intervention (regardless of the technique that is being used) the patient doctor relationship, is of the utmost importance to a client’s achievement of treatment objectives. The rapport that grows between the doctor and the patient is the foundation of therapeutic realization. In order for this to occur the therapist must foster a sense of safety so the client feels accepted and respected.

Family therapy interventions are arranged for by invitation or direct approach, so there are no surprises, during which time the specific situation is discussed and basic guidelines to be followed in the intervention action plan process are implemented. The action plan is very direct with few choices and very clear instructions on how the trauma recovery will be handled. It is also important to have a crisis action plan in place in case a breakdown occurs that detail how they are to handle your situation when you are not able to do so.

Due to the complexity of the situation, for family therapy intervention to be successful it is paramount to involve professionals in the process… And going through such a tricky process with the guidance of qualified therapists/counselors will also increase the likelihood of it being a constructive process for all.

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