Intergenerational family therapy acknowledges the generational influence on individual and family behavior. "The apple doesn't fall far from from the tree" the saying goes.
The nature vs. nurture debate involves the extent to which genetics or environment contribute to personality, temperament, and human behaviors. The truth is that it is not a question of either/or, but rather both/and. We BOTH inherit certain ways of being from families of origin, AND we can also change generations through growth-oriented work in therapy.
Growth occurs in the context of relationships, including the relationship you have with yourself. When love, acceptance, and empathy meet openness, congruence, and confrontation, the end result is transformation. Transformation involves learning new messages and behaviors while also unlearning distorted beliefs about self and others caused by emotional malnutrition in toxic relationships. Therapy can help you emerge as a new person, leading to more fulfilling connection with others.