Family therapy is often overlooked as a possible alternative to individual therapy, especially when one member of a family is what we term an identified patient. This member of the family has been unconsciously selected to be the representative of the problems and conflicts of the larger family system, and a myth develops within the family that if this one person can get help, the family itself will heal. Quite often this is not the case, and a treatment modality that brings in most or all of the family members is actually what will help the family system heal. As a Family Therapist, I carefully examine and explore entrenched communication patterns, the histories that go into creating these patterns, and the specific ways in which family members hear one another. Family therapy can last anywhere from a few weeks to over a year, depending on many factors. If you think this may be a treatment modality for you and your family, we can talk about what issues you are grappling with and decide together whether this might be the best approach.