why Family Matters..Including Family Members Can Make a Difference
The research consistently shows that involving the family in mental health treatment matters for positive outcomes. It is important for the entire family system to re-structure to create long lasting change. At Family Matters Center for Relational Therapy, we focus on understanding clients’ symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment. Often the most powerful influence in a client’s environment is the relationships between family members. Our team of Mental Health Professionals utilize research and theories, which show mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context, to help our clients achieve their goals.
What does the research show?
Studies demonstrate that family therapy is a preferred method of treatment for depressions, substance abuse, alcoholism, marital problems, child problems, couple enrichment, and schizophrenia
Family involvement – including family psycho-education, multifamily group therapy, and family therapy – have been consistently linked to better individual and family functioning.
Research on couples therapy for depression indicates that couples therapy is the treatment choice for couples in which there is both depression and couple distress.
Family therapy outcomes for severe mental illness include improved well being, fewer medical illnesses, decreased medical care utilization, and increased self-efficacy.