About family therapy

Why family therapy?

Many people in their lives have experiences that can cause great anxiety and distress. At such times their relationships may be disrupted and their peace of mind disturbed. They may occur randomly, for example after an illness, redundancy or separation; or during a life cycle change such as a baby's arrival, children growing and needing more independence, or relatives becoming more dependent.

This anxiety and stress might be experienced by one individual or as part of the relationship between partners or between parents and children.

Many families manage this themselves. However there may be times people find it helpful to visit a family therapist to explore different solutions to their problems.

What is family therapy?

Family therapy is based on systems theory, and explores the relationships between people in the context of their family, rather than the internal world of the individual.

Exploration is made of the patterns and belief systems held around a particular problem or dilemma, in search of solutions.

There is no right or wrong way of thinking about relationships. Instead the family and the therapist work in partnership to find a favourable outcome that fits for the family.

Family therapy need not be an alternative to other forms of intervention such as mental health services or other psychotherapies.