Learning to promote understanding and collaboration

Family Therapy helps people in a close relationship help each other. A family therapist aims to promote understanding and collaboration among family members in order to solve the problems of one or more individuals. An example of this could be a child experiencing social and/or academic problems; therapy will focus on the family patterns that may contribute to the child's behaviour, rather than concentrating on the child in insolation.  As the family uncovers the source of the problem, they can learn to support the child and other family members, working proactively on minimizing or altering the conditions that contribute to the child's unhelpful behaviour.

Therapy can help to understand other’s points of view and experiences in an empathetic, safe environment.  During therapy we will explore each family member’s needs and create an understanding not only of individual difficulties but also of individual strengths.  It can provide an opportunity to take stock and reflect on what is important for your family and how you would like to move forward.

Family therapy can be useful for children, young people and adults facing a wide range of difficulties and experiences, some of these are listed below:

  • Relational difficulties
  • Child, adolescent and adult behaviour difficulties
  • Mental health issues
  • Parenting issues
  • Illness
  • Separation, divorce and step-family life
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • The effects of trauma and abuse
  • Life cycle changes
  • Bereavement and loss