Psychological Approaches to Family Therapy

A therapist can opt to use one strategy but should be ready to borrow concepts of other models. By so doing, the individual therapist will be integrating the models that should lead to the achievement of desired goals. Another point relates to the warning of therapists against combining many theories in their entirety when treating cases. Doing contrary is likely to cause confusion and lack of focus, which may lead to failure or stalling of a therapy. Additional point collectible from the readings is that family therapy approaches can apply in the treatment of other psychological and behavioral malfunctions such as substance abuse, childhood depression, eating disorder, internalizing disorder, childhood depression, and childhood anxiety.
As a qualified counselor, one needs to accept and value concepts of effective integration as presented in the readings. Actually, an experienced counselor should never combine many approaches to family therapy in their entirety. Instead, one should select and borrow important concepts from other models, which are relevant and capable of addressing challenges and differences encountered at different levels of therapy. In addition, an experienced counselor needs to apply more of a specially designed integrative model when doing therapy. This can help in avoiding confusion and making clients understand the complexity of stages and perhaps reasons for changing in costs of therapy. The concept of a preferred view can also help experienced counselors identify problems and the dysfunctional relationship quickly (Nichols, 2013).
The readings of the week also contain many insights that can be vital to a family therapist. One of the insights is that a therapist can use family therapy approaches to treat other behavioral problems such as childhood depression, childhood anxiety, substance abuse, and eating disorders among others. Another insight is that therapeutic techniques are dynamic and multidimensional as concepts of one technique can help in resolving problems encountered during the application of another technique (Nichols, 2013).
Prior to the week’s readings, one would be thinking that integration of family therapy approaches is wrong and, professionally, practically and academically unaccepted. The readings now confirm that integration of the theories is professional and practical, and provide cues for effective integration (Nichols, 2013). Furthermore, through the readings of the week, one can realize that family therapy approaches can work in dealing with other behavioral problems.&nbsp.