Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. It is usually most appropriate when there is conflict or tension between family members that needs to be resolved, with the end goal of relationships improving in the family.
Families are often called "systems", with different members of the family having different roles. All members of the family impact each other in one way or another, so having an understand of that dynamic is a critical approach in family Therapy.
Signs your family may need therapy:
- When your other children are unhappy, frightened or upset by a sibling’s behavior, or a parent’s response to that behavior.
- When the child’s behavior is interfering with his daily life, or the family’s functioning.
- When disagreements about how to handle a child’s problems put a strain on your marriage or partnership.
- When you, as a parent, don’t know what to do.