Working together for decades in a single office, with this new perspective, the results were overwhelming. More than ever before, the very nature of family therapy and its success was reevaluated.
The author tells of the relationship between therapists and their clients who are solution focused; the success that they share in turning difficulties into strengths, and using this as the basis for their personal and professional growth. They offer an example of how the change in perspective has affected their approach to their practice.
Jim Marcke, a psychologist, started by referring his patients to psychologists but felt he could do better. He decided to open his own practice in 2020. “We live in an era where everything seems to be at our fingertips, yet we cannot figure out how to manage or prioritize the many options available. Family life is no different.”
With clients like this, why not address the family first? They offer advice about how to best handle stressors and issues that affect family life.
As for the open-door policy, Jim teaches his family therapist not to limit their discretion when speaking with his patients. There was a case involving a new born baby who had problems breathing, so when the baby’s mother would arrive from work, the family would be called in to help.
“It took on universal ideas of love and respect for the elderly and the sick, and all the people who have little voice or power and often take the back seat of the family.” In other words, everyone needs to be heard. This makes your family more real and reflects the true nature of human beings.
In their daily and weekend hours, there are so many outside distractions and so much to do, and yet they find it hard to settle down to their family life. The book takes an insightful look at why this is so.
Goal setting is useful, but it can be a hassle to keep on top of. Using the reader as the therapist, this book is a quick guide to what family life is really about.
There are no hard and fast rules for how to live life by being family. The greatest challenge is keeping your family alive and growing.
This innovative solution focused family therapy shows what can be done to achieve that. People’s goals and priorities change as time passes, and the family therapist should be able to adapt to these changes.
Our modern family life is so full of mixed messages and challenges that the person the writer has become must have been searching for a way to break the mold. An easy to read book that offers a fresh look at a troubled practice.