Family relationships form an essential part of the emotional well being of each member within the family, but when we experience difficulties with key relationships, this can cause problems for everyone within the family.
What is family therapy?
Family therapy also referred to as systemic therapy, is an approach that seeks to understand the complex relationships and interactions between each family member.
Family therapy provides a safe place for family members to explore tough feelings, thoughts and emotions. Through sensitive and inclusive guidance, everyone involved in the therapy is given the tools to begin to see their relationships in a new light. These new insights then lead to greater understanding and empathy and long lasting and meaningful changes in their relationships with one another.
Family therapy is not limited to couples of groups. Individuals will also benefit from this type of therapy by providing insights into key relationships in order to find ways forward.
How can family therapy help?
Family Therapy can help to uncover the strengths as well as the weaknesses of the family relationships, find ways of resolving difficulties, aid inter-family communications and more generally help to strengthen the family as a whole.
It can also be helpful in the following areas:
- Couple relationship difficulties
- Anxiety and stress
- Parenting issues
- Supporting children through parental separation or divorce
- Sibling issues
- Child and adolescent behavioural problems
- Step-family issues
- Grandparenting and other caring relationships
How long does family therapy take?
We understand that this is often a concern for many of our clients. Like any therapy, effective Family therapy is dependent on the quality of the therapist and the level of engagement in the process from those individuals seeking therapy.
The therapy has a beginning, middle and end. At the start of family therapy, the therapist will want to get to know you and find out how they can best help you, by determining goals. Later on the therapist will create a safe and open place to help everyone discuss the issues and begin to learn how to find solutions and skills to move forward. Finally, the end of the process is about ensuring that progress is being made independently. At this point you may wish to come in less frequently, checking in from time to time.
As clinical psychologists we have extensive experience of working with families, couples and individuals.
Here to help you
It can feel daunting taking the first step to tackling a problem that may currently seem overwhelming, but don’t be put off. Contact us today and we’ll talk you through how we can help you to make your relationship a stronger and happier one.