Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are trained in Systems Theory and thought. This perspective is based on the understanding that all of us as individuals are also members of a greater whole including our families of origin, from birth, extended families, community groups such as schools, religious organizations, neighborhoods, towns, cities, states, countries, etc.
We have a cultural identity and understanding. All of the aspects we may experience as identity connects us to larger systems beyond our selves.
A clinician who has this understanding enables the client to explore their identity, relational skills, patterns of communication and behavior within the context of their systems.
While we can address these issues individually it can also be beneficial and helpful to meet with the family, when possible.
With the family present, family dynamics can be addressed and explored within the session, thus enhancing the therapeutic process for all involved.