Weekly Journal Response

WeeklyJournal Response

Theprevious modules’ readings focused on psychoanalytic family therapyand cognitive-behavioral family therapy in chapter eight and ninerespectively. The central point in these chapters is that theunconscious mind does control both thoughts and behaviors ofpatients. Psychoanalytic family therapists revisit a patient’schildhood in order to identify events, memories of experiences thatcould have led to the present undesirable behaviors. This treatmentapproach is long term, as therapists require interacting with apatient, and his or her family in order to identify and eliminate theweaknesses (Sharf, 2012). Similarly, cognitive-behavioral familytherapy involves using short-term, structured and present-intendedpsychotherapy for solving mental issues and correcting problematicfamilies. Therapists ‘enters’ a family as a neutral party, andthen observes their interaction pattern to identify behavioraltendencies that possible cause depression and anxiety behaviors(Nichols, 2012).

Basedon the readings, I can assist patients suffering from psychologicalissues through interacting with their family members to establishtendencies that may be upsetting them. Besides, I have discoveredthat incorporating close relatives through interviewing and them tounderstand memories and events that could cause present maladjustedbehaviors. I found out that patients’ unconscious memory such asintrapsychic conflicts they experienced in childhood sometimes causeundesirable behaviors such as depression and anxiety. A patient’sfamily is helpful for assisting therapists in diagnosing possibleevents in the past that could be causing present psychologicalproblems (Nichols, 2012).

Theprimary insight from the previous module’s readings is thatunhealthy childhood experiences affect an individual’s adult lifenegatively. In addition, the family of patients suffering frompsychoanalytic health problem is valuable during treatment diagnosisas it assists patients in discovering childhood experiences thatcould have lingered on adulthood (Schwartz, 1995).

Afterthe class discussion, I have resolved to ensure that I will live ahealthy lifestyle because some of the experiences I will undergo willaffect my future. For example, if I fail to choose the right careeror work hard enough to achieve my life ambitions, I might suffer fromdepression and anxiety in the future. On the contrary, if I doeverything possible to achieve my career ambitions, I will live ahappy life in the future that would be free of anxiety and stresscoming from the subconscious mind (Goldenberg &amp Goldenberg,2013).


Sharf,R. S. (2012). Theoriesof psychotherapy and counseling: Concepts and cases.Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.

Nichols,M. P. (2012). Familytherapy: Concepts and methods.Belmont, CA : Brooks/Cole Press.

Schwartz,R. C. (1995). Internalfamily systems therapy.New York: Guilford Press.

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

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