With most children, family involvement is critically important. This may involve the parents or even the entire family participating in therapy. Typically the child’s therapist educates the family about the problem and provides guidelines for how to be helpful. In some instances, the therapist may help the family set-up a reward program to help motivate the child to comply with treatment. More extensive family counseling is sometimes needed.
Family therapy refers to treatment that involves two or more family members. Sometimes the focus of family therapy is to help a family member recover from a psychological disorder. The family along with the affected member will be educated about the disorder and learn new skills. It may be necessary for family members to respond differently to their child or to handle situations differently. Learn more about our Children, Adolescent and Family services here.
For more information on family therapy services or to schedule an appointment at St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, please contact us at (314) 289-9411 for our St. Louis City location and (636) 532-9188 for our Chesterfield location, you can also choose to complete our online inquiry form. We look forward to speaking with you.