Functional Family Therapy

Wild Path

I am certified in Functional Family Therapy (FFT).

FFT is known as a phase-oriented, evidenced-based practice intended to reduce conflict, blame, and hostility between family members by recognizing the responsibility of each relative in contributing to the systemic homeostasis and presenting treatment concerns. The client is no longer considered "the identified patient" when each family member assumes accountability for his/her part in either ameliorating or exacerbating relational patterns. FFT heavily relies on awareness of metacommunication, which refers to the often "unheard," implicit channel of communication between relatives; examples of such metacommunicative attentiveness may be recognizing that a mother's "nagging" is actually expressive of fear while a teenager's "rebelliousness" is representative of a readiness for independence.


During FFT, the family and I dissect recurrent problematic relational exchanges in order to identify the function (and therefore, meaning of) intra- and extrafamilial behaviors. By better understanding the noble but often benign intent of such behaviors, the opportunity for practical and effective interpersonal skill-building is revealed. The relational matrix constructed by the family unit is considered practice grounds for such skill development in order to encourage the generalization of therapeutic gains to wider systemic relationships (such as child-teacher, parent-grandparent, etc.). Like the broad and rippling effect of waves, generalization across various milieus can promote relapse prevention given the number and breadth of supportive figures within a client's life.