“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” — Virginia Satir
To a large extent family therapy consists of identifying and exploring issues that previously have been avoided, ignored or misunderstood. The act of bringing them out into the light and putting them into a context of compassion, leads to deeper understanding, connection and harmony between family members. It is here that negative communication patterns are revealed and eventually replaced by active communication that is more healthy and effective. Family therapy addresses many issues including anger, mental illness, chemical dependency, chronic or life threatening illness, bereavement, abuse, challenging behavior, conflict, divorce and family restructuring during divorce and remarriage.