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Can a family therapist really help with a relationship between my parents and me?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Yes: But you said it yourself. They can "help" - they can't do it alone. At the best - communication can be guided so things can heal. At the worst someone experienced and skilled will be able to evaluate risk of violence and protect the members of the family. Also, they can help find alternatives that are safe if the old relationships cannot be sustained. It is worth a try! good luck.
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Potentially, yes: Family therapy has great potential to improve relationships by transforming interactions. What tends to keep people stuck is seeing their own part in the problems, and a good therapist can bring those patterns to light and challenge individuals to change. Therapy doesn't always work, but there's always a chance. Positive expectations and willingness to work hard increases the chances of success.
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 24 years experience
Provided original answer
Rather, failing to see their own part.
Aug 1, 2016
Dr. Janice Seward
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Family therapy: Yes! A family therapist is trained to help improve relationships between all family members, especially between parents and children.

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