Family counseling is present in some form in all therapeutic situations.
It is the norm, not the exemption.
How it applies to your situation, your session, is considered.
Its impact will be examined and put into perspective.
It need not be a predominant focus of treatment.
Nor though, should basic elements of the field be diminished without discussion.
Examples of some basic elements are:
Is this person the "identified patient"?
Who is the actual "head of household"?
Is the person in the office the best at understanding and communicating therapeutic issues?
One person, possibly from the abbreviated list above, enters into a therapeutic environment.
It is possible that in various manners that person will bring help to the family system.
In some form though, it is necessary to examine family dynamics, before being dismissed as unimportant.