The aim of family therapy is to engage family members in sharing understandings and exploring ways forward that work for them, rather than taking sides, blaming or providing advice or simple answers.
Family therapy acknowledges the importance of peoples’ different beliefs, cultures, contexts and life experiences, and will adapt to working according to family members’ ages, needs, resources and preferences. How you might wish to work together will be discussed with you.
Family therapy recognises that different cultures and groups have different ideas of what ‘family’ means. ‘Family’ is taken to describe any group of people who care about each other and define themselves as such. As well as couples, parents/carers and children of all ages, grandparents, siblings, uncles and aunts, cousins, friends and other professionals may be invited to sessions – whoever people identify as important to their lives.
Wherever possible, decisions about the number of sessions and the intervals between appointments are made collaboratively. Most sessions last about 75 minutes.