Teresa Marzena Gielczynski, MSW, LCSW, ICDVP
Couples therapy is a form of therapy used to treat relationship distress. The goal of this type of therapy is to restore the relationship and to create a better level of functioning in couples. Some of the reasons for distress in couples can include poor communication skills, parenting challenges, incompatibility, depression, anxiety, trauma, alcoholism and much more. The focus of couple's therapy is to identify the core of distress in the relationship, to address the presenting symptoms and not only to restore the relationship but most likely to create a better level of its functioning.
Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy used to treat family distress. It involves all the members of a nuclear or extended family. It may encompass few different treatment styles based on behavioral or psychodynamic principles, but the most common form is based on family systems theory. This treatment style recognizes the family, as a whole, as the unit of treatment. It emphasizes on different factors of relationships and communication between the family members. The goal of the family therapy is to strengthen, restore or build a healthy family unit.
Individual therapy is a form of therapy in which the client is treated one-on-one with a therapist. This is the most popular form of therapy. It may encompass many different treatment styles including psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioral therapy. The focus is not only to resolve the issues that bring you to counseling but also to help you rebuild your life.