As members of a relational aggregate that connects them as a family unit, individuals are jointly assisted and supported in developing the ability to withstand and rebound from crisis or persistent challenges. A fundamental strategy of intervening at the level of the family unit is to engage all participants to adopt a more comprehensive view and see each member’s perspective as only partial glimpses of the whole picture, as the framework for intervention, prevention and growth.
My aim as a family therapist is to ensure that family members receive therapeutic messages that encourages them to experience things in new and growth-promoting ways. Focusing on their ongoing feedback allows me to approximate and maximize my intended therapeutic impact. My effectiveness depends on my ability to resist the pull of family members’ attempts to hold on to patterns of interaction they experience as emotionally familiar but problematic and dysfunctional.