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Family problems represent a unique, but common, category of adjustment difficulty that causes people to seek psychological treatment. Problems can develop in a couple relationship because of a medical or psychological problem in either person, or in one of their children. Parent-child problems can also create distress within a family. Poor communication and discipline problems are very common. Sometimes there are constant battles between siblings, and the parents cannot seem to resolve the conflicts. Divorce, and the creation of stepfamilies, can create difficulties in a family, sometimes for all members of the family. Sometimes the couple relationship itself is the problem, with poor communication, constant conflict, lack of closeness, sexual problems, or in-law problems all to be considered possible concerns.

These problems can lead to the development of adjustment problems in one or more members of the family. But, because the family relationships are a part of the problem, it is necessary to change the structure of the family relationships. Dr. Franklin provides couple and family therapy to address these issues, as well as helping parents with the development of parenting skills.

Sometimes there are multiple problems, with depression in one family member, plus marital conflict. Several treatment approaches may be necessary in these circumstances, depending on the nature of the problems and the willingness of family members to participate in treatment. Generally, a psychologist will not provide individual psychotherapy to one member of the family, and see the whole family for family therapy or the couple for couple therapy at the same time. However, sometimes family therapy for child behavior problems includes individual sessions with the parents, designed to help with parenting skills, not to do individual therapy or marital therapy. It is possible to provide individual psychotherapy to two family members, but sometimes this creates a problem, and psychologists always have to evaluate the effectiveness of this approach.

All psychologists do not provide couple therapy and family therapy, but those that do, such as Dr. Franklin, often have received specialized training in family systems theory, and in family and couple therapy skills. When you contact a psychologist for family therapy, do not hesitate to ask about his/her family therapy training.

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