Family is the natural surrounding for the development of personality. Through relationship with the family members we acquire experience of ourselves and the surrounding world thus defining expectations from ourselves and the others.
Family relationships are an important source of energy and possibilities for the difficulties of an individual to be overcome. Each family has its own forms how its members talk or don’t talk. How they conflict, love each other or get angry, support each other or criticize, how they express their happiness, how they celebrate or grieve. Mutual understanding of the family members regarding the contribution of each person to the family to be just as it is, is a strong potential for the change and solving of different problems they might have.
Partners’ relationships can suffer various difficulties that partners typically try to solve by repeating the forms of relationships which have caused these difficulties. Permanent tension, lack of understanding and respect, mutual mistrust and sexual dissatisfaction cause increasingly bad functioning of an individual and a pair as a whole.
Marital therapy can help to find new solutions for the old forms which are in the basis of difficulties that a pair is going through and thereby help their overcoming.
Living conditions or personal choices can sometimes determine a person towards professional assistance in the form of individual psychotherapy. The network of relationships in which the individual exists remains the basic resource to find functional solutions for various life challenges.
What, how, where and with whom we can do otherwise are the questions that professional assistance can help to provide the answer which opens new different perspectives.
During our lives we go through various phases: marriage or the decision to live with the partner, birth of children, their growing up and gradual separation from the parents, going to the nursery, to school, their ever increasing emotional hands to the persons outside the primary family that starts during adolescence and finally leaving the parents’ home. For parents, that is followed by repeatedly becoming habituated to life as a couple, getting old… Each of these phases has its specificities and difficulties that may be very outstanding especially during the transition moments from one phase to the other.
Extra events of crisis that can simultaneously take place such as death of a family member, divorce, migration make an additional burden to all family members.
The family and its members are especially sensitive in the crisis and the adaptation to new circumstances is a task often requiring professional psychological support
Nowadays, society makes individual face high requests at work. The intensity of the struggle to provide material resources for the existence may cause high tension in everyday life with a negative effect on family surroundings and the functioning within. Sometimes, it grows to the feeling that one segment of life excludes the other.
Discovering functional forms of living, reorganization of different segments of life, frequently requires inclusion of family psychotherapist as a support.
Obesity is one of the most frequent problems of the modern time. The researches show that overweight significantly decreases the quality of person’s life. Taking in sight the nature of this disorder – the combination of addiction and psychosomatic problems, it is clear that achievement of stable results requires establishing new forms of behavior in almost all plans of life. Therefore, it is understandable that solving this problem is approached through perusal of the complete life circumstances of the person. During the process, the contribution of family members is precious, so the team that includes them and the psychotherapist is the most frequently the team winning in competition with this serious health problem. If the obese member of the family is a child, this becomes a rule.
Difficulties if the children always introduce a lot of anxiety into a family. The parents in such circumstances act with varying success. Psychotherapeutic work with the youngest family members enables various problems to be overcome together with the liberation from negative development impacts of the different juvenile symptoms.
The experience shows that it is an exceptionally big challenge for a family when children reach the adolescence phase. Violent corporal, emotional and intellectual changes in social functioning of the adolescents frequently bring about high tension in the family. The tension, if it is not well guided disturbs family relationship which causes even higher level of the tension. It is often that the young manifest the lack of orientation in this phase of life by inadequate functioning in various fields. Therefore, the parents face numerous dilemmas, every day. Psychotherapeutic work in such circumstances helps to find solutions which provide overcoming of the crisis situations, frequent in this development phase.
The appearance of the chronic disease in family is a stress not only for the diseased but also for all family members. The necessity to reorganize family everyday life is imposed, to create new or expand old roles of the family which sometimes can contribute to the feeling of loss, grieving for the life as it used to be. When the diseased member of the family is a child, the stress upon the parents grows.
As a consequence, the style of upbringing is changed towards protective which is a new change for both the child and the parents. Psychotherapy can contribute to find functional family solutions for the new situation.