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Family therapy

Family Therapy

What is Family Therapy? 

Family therapy is a type of group psychotherapy. In family therapy, “family” is defined as a group of people who care about each other and call themselves a family. This can include parents and children, partners, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, caregivers, and others close to the group.
Most families experience challenging times. Sometimes families need support to move through the difficulties that arise, other times the family needs support when one member is experiencing difficulties. The goal of family therapy is to help everyone in the family understand and support each other.

How does Family Therapy Work?

Family therapy focuses on improving the interactions and communication between family members. Various family-based approaches will be used to understand the presenting concerns and explore ways to facilitate open dialogue to work towards individual and family-based goals. The therapist will work with your family to co-create a plan, which may include meeting with family members individually, as well as in a group. When each person feels supported and works within their strengths, positive changes in relationships and people’s lives will hopefully emerge.

Family therapy may help with: 

  • Blended families 

  • Boundaries

  • Communication difficulties 

  • Coping with life transitions

  • Developing closer, healthier relationships

  • Family conflicts​

  • Family member(s) mental health or physical illness

  • Fostering or adoption

  • Parent-child/teen relationships 

  • Parenting and step-parenting 

  • Peer and family relations​

  • Separation and divorce

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