Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves all members of a nuclear family or stepfamily and in some cases members of extended family (e.g. grandparents), to help family members improve communication and the ways in which they relate to each other, solve family problems, cope with special family circumstances/transitions (e.g., death of a family member, physical or mental illness, or child or adolescent issues), and create a better functioning home environment. Typically, family therapy is initiated when the presenting issue affects the entire family, such as divorce, death of a family member, or conflict that the family has tried to resolve unsuccessfully. For instance, for families with one member who has a serious physical or mental illness, family therapy can educate families about the illness and work out problems associated with care of the family member. In addition, family therapy can identify and address patterns of interaction within the family that are contributing to and maintaining the problem.
You may consider participating in family therapy in some of these situations:
You and your family are in crisis
- Your family is having difficulty adjusting to change
- There are major break-downs in family relationships or communication
- Your family is struggling to accept a new member or is losing a member
At North Durham Professional Counsellors, we offer family therapy services to help individuals better understand their role in the family, learn to communicate more effectively, and improve conflict resolution and problem solving skills.