The treatment team at The Retreat has found that for many residents, healthier communication with family members is a useful treatment goal while in our program. The family therapy track has two groups that encourage residents to develop insight into their current relationships with family members and provide guidance in establishing more balanced and supportive patterns of interactions moving forward.
The relationships group provides an opportunity to discuss and learn ways to improve relationships with family, friends, and anyone that group participants interact with. The group focuses on our fundamental desire for validation and connection, and how emotions drive one’s behavior in general and specifically in one’s relationships. Participants learn to identify the feelings that lead them into negative cycles with people in their lives, and how to reverse negative relationship patterns that may have developed. Balancing self and others and vulnerability in relationships are also topics that are discussed. Role play is occasionally used to practice effectively expressing one’s general and emotional needs.
Family Issues Group
The way we experience ourselves and the world around us is critically influenced by those people who are closest to us. These people are usually the family into which we were born or the one we have created through marriage or other partnerships. The family issues therapeutic group provides residents with the opportunity to explore the dynamics of their family relationships, to test out the usefulness of their current perspectives, and to gain new insights from other group participants. The experienced group facilitator provides residents with valuable guidance into successfully designing more useful dynamics with the significant people in their lives.
Relationship Management Video Series
Even in the most balanced family, difficult relationship patterns can develop. For patients at The Retreat, addressing relationship patterns becomes even more important, as there is a good chance that patients and their families have experienced feelings of loss, hurt, sadness, or anger, around recent and past experiences. Mayer Solomon, LCSW-C, discusses the power of empathy and connection in healing relationships in our Relationship Management Video Series.