FAMILY THERAPY 4
The choice of whether to use family of individual therapy is mainlyaffected by the various technical and philosophical issues. It isclear from research that family therapy is appropriate when offeringtreatment services to the whole family or to a few members of thefamily. For instance, family therapy is appropriate when there is aproblem of dysfunctional relationship between the family members.Additionally, family therapy can be applied to marital problems orthe problem of alcoholism (Nichols, 2013). It is clear thatalcoholism might be a problem of a single family member, but it canbe affecting the entire family. Individual therapy on the other handfocuses on a single person and the goal is to eliminate the problemthat such a person is suffering from. It is evident from researchthat individual therapy and family therapy may be carried out at thesame time (Boscolo & Bertrando, 2011). An individual can visit atherapist for personal problems and participate in family therapywhen dealing with a problem from a family perspective.
It is clear that many people who fail in life are quick to judgetheir parents for poor upbringing. It is evident that majority of thepeople who fail in life were subjects of poor upbringing or divorcedparents. The main motive behind blaming parents for one’s failureis mainly due to the need for revenge. Research has indicated thatmost of the children who blame their parents believe that theirparents wanted to see them fail (Nichols, 2013). They therefore choseto become miserable as a way of revenging their poor upbringing.Additionally, there is also the motive of punishing the parents fortheir lack of proper upbringing. Parents fail to encourage theirchildren to pursue good careers or aim for high goals. Parents mayalso fail to offer the necessary advice that would ensure that theirchildren achieve great success in life. This type of thinking maymake it extremely difficult for the therapists to offer help to suchpeople who might be having problems (Craighead et al., 2008). Whenthe blame is taken to the parents, it is clear that the opportunityfor brainstorming for new solutions is closed.
Nichols, M. (2013). Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods.Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc.
Craighead, W. E., Miklowitz, D. J., & Craighead, L. W.(2008). Psychopathology: History, diagnosis,and empirical foundations. Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley & Sons.
Boscolo, L., & Bertrando, P. (2011). Systemic therapywith individuals. London: Karnac Books.