CognitiveBehavioral Family Therapy

Therapyis the attempted revival of a problem. Family therapy on the otherhand can be defined as attempted revival of family issues. Issues ina family can rise between the couples, between parents and childrenand even with relatives (Nichols, 2013). Family issues have beenthere since time immemorial and are here with us. Reason being, a manand a woman who come together to make a family are both fromdifferent background and are bound to disagree in away. Hence, needfamily therapy to try to help families reach a common understanding.For that matter, cognitive behavioral family therapy can be lessonsthat attempt to help families solve their issues through counseling[ CITATION Gol13 l 1033 ].Sometimes these lessons are effective in handling some familyproblems and in some occasions, the lessons might not fully addressthe problem. This assignment discusses both strengths and weakness ofcognitive behavioral family therapy.


Systematicways of identify marriage issues

Systematicway of identifying marriage issues is one of the strength that isexhibited by Cognitive behavioral family therapy. Whenever approachedby a troubled family, they are able o find out the strengths andweakness of each member in a family they categorize them into stagesand then look for ways of handling the problem[ CITATION Pie96 l 1033 ].Thisis normally achieved through rigorous question and answer exercisebetween the therapy professional and troubled couple.

Improvedlessons of handling marriage problems

Sometimescouples face challenges in their marriage simply because theyapproach family matters wrongly. Poor communication many a time isthe major challenge when it comes to family challenges. Hence, theselessons are meant to teach couples to better their communicationskills through a clear expression[ CITATION Eps88 l 1033 ].In addition, they also educate couples to recognize and appreciatethe positive things that bind them together than concentrating onnegatives issues that puts them apart.

Improvedways of reinforcing better behaviors

Asnoted by Booth,Therese et al (2000), familytherapists have improved ways of reinforcing better behaviors introubled families. They have a better way of advising couples on whatthey should practice and what to avoid.

Theyhave sessions that are instructive in nature

Thisnature enables therapist to teach their clients to developself-counseling skills. After rigorous sessions clients comprehendshow they can approach and solve their problems since the lessons areinstructive in away[ CITATION Pie96 l 1033 ].Due to this,clients gradually develop confidence that they will do better sincethey can counsel themselves.


Likeany other institutions, cognitive behavioral family therapy also hasits weakness.


Sometimesthis therapist may assume to address other issues in a problem whileemphasizing on few issues. This might be a major issue because whatthey tend to assume might be the major problem. There major concernis to see the client get satisfied instead of feeling satisfied.


Thesecognitive family therapies are structured in a way that they do notallow the discussion to be just a chat. Sometimes clients want aperson that can listen to them. Someone more of a friend who they canshare with life secretes[ CITATION Gol13 l 1033 ].Hence,the structure of this therapy does not create that room to becomefriends and chat freely with the clients to get much from the clientbefore taking necessary measures.

Thetherapies are not long-term

Cognitivebehavioral family therapy has no long-term sessions. Degree ofproblem varies with different couples[ CITATION Gol13 l 1033 ].Someother couples have problems that need longer time to address them.Hence, the essence of this session being short-term does not addressall problems in all families.

Inconclusion, this approach has proved to contribute majorly inhandling marriage problem. Client problems like poor sharing of powerbetween the couples and poor communication between the couple can beaddressed through this approach. Strategies and techniques likeidentifying the client problem first categorizing them into stagesand counseling the client rightly is the major strength of thisapproach (Nichols, 2013).


Booth,Therese J. Cottone, R. Rocco (2000). &quotMeasurement,Classification, and Prediction of Paradigm Adherence of Marriage andFamily Therapists&quot. TheAmerican Journal of Family Therapy28(4): 329.

Epstein,N., Schlesinger, S. E., &amp Dryden, W. (1988). Cognitive-behavioraltherapy with families.New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Goldenberg,I., &amp Goldenberg, H. (2013). Familytherapy: An overview.Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

Nichols,M. P. (2013). Familytherapy: Concepts and methods.Boston: Pearson

Piercy,F. P., Sprenkle, D. H., &amp Wetchler, J. L. (1996). Familytherapy sourcebook.New York: Guilford Press.

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