Families are small and unique communities. Like all communities they sometimes get into difficulties through their differences with one another or feel the strain when members experience troubles.
Systemic Family Psychotherapy – often called Family Therapy – helps people in close relationships to help each other. It enables couples and/or family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Family therapy is concerned with relationships between people, their connectedness and their impact upon one another. The main purpose of family therapy is to improve communication within the family and to facilitate a widening perspective and understanding.
Family therapy adopts a positive approach, focussing on the strengths within the family and how these can be harnessed to overcome difficulties, and create positive outcomes.
Family therapy can offer families a chance to consider together what changes they want to make, what is going well and how they can work together in addressing the difficulties that at least one person in the family is experiencing.
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help a family free up their strengths, sometimes difficulties are more complex, and families may need longer to find solutions that work for them. Finding solutions to these difficulties might involve each person changing their individual behaviour, thoughts or feelings. It might also involve changes in the way people relate to one another or to the difficulty itself. Research shows Family Therapy is useful for children, young people and adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties and circumstances, as well as communication and relationship problems.