What is Family Therapy and how does it help?
Family Therapy can be an important form of therapy that can help those in close relationships to support one another. It is a process that helps family members to support one another, offering a safe and facilitated space to express challenging thoughts and feelings, whilst building on family strengths.
Why do people do it?
It is entirely normal for families to experience challenges and this can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Some families will find their own solutions, whereas others benefit from specialist support.
It can help focus on your relationship with your partner, children or wider family members. There can be very specific issues that need to be focused on, such as family conflict or how to deal with issues such as substance abuse, bereavement or mental health challenges.
Sometimes it is done alongside more focused counselling for a specific family member. This can especially be the case where a family member struggles with addiction or mental health issues. But it can also be used to facilitate a variety of other situations that causes conflict or distress.
What to expect in Family Therapy?
Family is often short term and can include the entire family or a smaller group.
Ordinarily, family therapy brings several members together. However, an individual family member can also see a family therapist if required.
- There will be an opportunity to discuss problem areas.
- You will be able to explore wide ranging thoughts and feelings.
- Often family roles will be explored.
- Identify and build upon family strengths.
Whereas Family Therapy does not automatically cure all family issues. It does offer a safe and non-judgemental space to discuss many of life’s most challenging family situations.
If you feel that this is what you are looking for, just get in touch to discuss further.
Most people at some point in their lives will become stressed. Or maybe you feel that life is generally getting on top of them.
Whereas family and friends can be great at lending a listening ear. Often it is important to speak to someone who offers a non-judgement and more professional approach. Someone who you know will hold whatever you say, with the utmost confidentiality.
Couples or Marriage Counselling
It is common for people in long term relationships, to experience periods of difficulty. This is true even of the most well suited of people. There are many reasons why this may be the case. Such as bereavement, financial challenges, infidelity or stress.
Family Therapy can be an important form of therapy that can help support family dynamics.
It is a process that helps family members support one another. It also offers a safe and facilitated space to express challenging thoughts and feelings. Often we also build on existing family strengths.
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