Family Therapy & Family Weekend
Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy. Through family therapy, families and individual members learn more productive ways to interact with each other, resolve conflicts easier, and generally heal deep penetrating wounds from the family’s history. The goal of family therapy is to delve into the family’s past, present, and future in an effort to better understand each of the members. Many drug and alcohol addictions stem from a much greater psychological root which, in many cases, can be directly related to the individual’s family experiences. Analyzing these relationships, and solving problems inherent in them is the number one goal of family therapy.
At Renaissance Malibu, we believe family relationships are a very important factor in psychological health, therefore it is of paramount importance that family therapy is integrated into the healing process. Along with traditional psychologists and psychiatrists, Renaissance Malibu also incorporates trained Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) to deal with this very specific kind of therapy. We encourage family members of patients to participate in the patient’s growth while at our facility. This includes specific family therapy sessions during the course of the treatment, as well as our specialized family therapy weekend.
At Renaissance Malibu, the family therapy sessions are integrated into the schedule of treatment over the duration of stay. Family members are asked to participate, as this will enable the patient and therapists to better understand the core issues related to the patient’s addiction and behaviors. This allows everyone in the family a safe and mediated environment in which to openly express their thoughts and feelings. The specialized family therapy weekend is about the healing of family relationships in an intense three day session. Over the weekend, this is achieved by participating in processes that engage deeply held beliefs, individual feelings, and the healing of past wounds. The family therapy program brings together family members allowing understanding, acceptance, and forgiveness.