"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible ...the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family."
— Virginia Satir
The purpose of family therapy is to help families work through struggles, challenges, and tough times in a way that doesn’t simply have the problem go away, but makes the family stronger. The stress of everyday life can take a toll on everyone. Family therapy is a means to help cope with these stressors, which is different than making them go away.
When a family faces a challenge or tries too hard to change circumstances or people without first processing the situation or discovering the root cause, they can inadvertently move in the wrong direction. But, when families learn to accept what is, and bring intentionality to the processes of how to cope, get along, and respond to each other, change in the patterns of the family can occur.
Family therapy is really about using the power of relationships and love to support each member's personal growth and wholeness , which in turn creates a resilient family that functions in a healthy manner.