When a client is diagnosed with or receiving treatment for something that is painful, stressful and or emotional it can intrude into their lives and relationships. This may affect their quality of life. With uncomfortable treatment programs and an uncertain future, it really does not matter what the diagnosis is; what matters is that strong or weak, clients and even their families going through this could use some help while on this rollercoaster ride.
Support can be helpful whether they are about to embark on their healing journey or have been riding for quite a while. Even when they are able to safely get off of the rollercoaster, it is hard not to feel as if you are still on it. Transitions to treatment or off treatment can be unsteady.
Medical Family Therapy is put in place to help clients to be resilient, use their strengths, and find positives where they have forgotten them. Sometimes just by lending an ear and giving them a voice can be just what a client needs to soothe their nerves. By working with the clients, their families and their healthcare providers we are providing more of a team approach and focusing on both aspects of disease to promote the best possible outcome.
Medical family therapists also appreciate the systemic nature of health care organizations and can support the health care providers as well. Collaboration with administration, health care departments, human resources and even finance or insurance departments can positively influence the overall best possible outcomes for the clinic and the clients.
Regardless of the client, Family Therapists treat from a relationship perspective that incorporates family systems. Family–based interventions are also effective for persons with medical problems. Treatment outcomes show improvement in the identified client, as well as in other family members.