About Family Therapy

What is Family Therapy?

“Family and systemic psychotherapy – also known as family therapy – can help those in close relationships to better understand and support each other. It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths, and work together to make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.” AFT’s leaflet What is Family Therapy

It is about thinking of families as a resource and part of the solution rather than to blame for the person’s problems. 

Family therapists can see couples as well as children and adults on their own, or with other family members or other significant people in the person’s life. Sometimes they offer a mixture of individual and family appointments, if they think that will be useful.

For more information on Family Therapy please refer to the Association of Family Therapy & Systemic Practice website.