Family Therapy

A family therapy (or family counselling) approach works on the understanding that a person’s distress is often linked with their relationships to the people around them, both past and present.. It views difficulties as interactional and relational in nature.

Although the name confuses some, family counselling does not require all members to be in the room. Family therapy can be facilitated with one family member, a couple, a family or multiple generations. 

 

What can family therapy help with?

 

Research has consistently shown Family Therapy as one of the best interventions for;

  • Child & Adolescent behavioural issues, developmental and learning problems, early onset of mental illness

  • Eating disorders and disordered eating

  • Addictions

  • Trauma (including multi-generational impacts of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder)

  • Grief, loss and chronic of terminal illness

Family Lifecycle transitions

There are several key life cycle transitions that most families experience. It is often during these points in time that they present to therapy for a 'helping hand' at navigating the uncertain territory. These may include; 

  • Marriage 

  • Birth of a child 

  • Child transitioning to school

  • Adolescence 

  • Children leaving home 

  • Death of a parent or loved one ​

Other common times to seek family counselling

  • Changes within the home environment (comings and goings)

  • Parental separations/divorce

  • Parental new relationships 

  • Behavioural challenges with children/adolescents 

  • Mental health concerns with children/adolescents 

Families include

When I refer to 'family' I am referring to a broad range of different make ups of family members. These may include;

 

  • Mum, Dad and the children.

  • Families with step-parents or step-children.

  • Families with adopted children or foster children.

  • My experience has also utilised this approach when working with children in care and the various systems that support them from a parenting and therapeutic perspective.