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A conflict or mental health issue experienced by one family member often affects other family members, sometimes in unexpected ways. For this reason, many families seek professional family counseling services within their state. In the state of California, for example, data from the 2016 Mental Health America survey indicates that more than 5 million adults are experiencing mental health issues. Additionally, more than 2.5 million adults experience dependence on illicit drugs and alcohol, and more than 1 million adults have had serious thoughts about dying by suicide. Due to the prevalence of these issues, some residents may seek family therapy interventions from qualified family therapists in San Francisco. Therapists and family counselors in San Francisco are trained to educate family members about the concerns they face within the family and help them to develop skills useful for resolving or managing concerns that affect the family. Issues commonly treated in family therapy include:

Family therapy can help family members speak openly and honestly about issues in a safe, therapeutic space free from judgement, although some family members may not be comfortable participating for a variety of reasons. For example, some family members may not want status within the family unit to change, or some family members may doubt the effectiveness of family therapy techniques. In San Francisco, family counselors may choose to speak with individuals in a one-on-one setting first in order to address these concerns so the therapeutic goals of family therapy can be met. Family therapists are not present to take sides, but rather they are on the side of the family. No one should be left feeling blamed or feeling as if they are the family counselor's favorite.

References:

  1. Nguyen, T., Davis, K., Counts, N. & Fritze, D. (2016). The state of mental health in america. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/sites/default/files/2016%20MH%20in%20America%20FINAL.pdf
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2013). Family therapy can help. Retrieved from https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA13-4784/SMA13-4784.pdf