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What Is Family Therapy?

Family therapy, also known as family counseling, aims to address the psychological, behavioral, and emotional issues that are potentially the underlying roots of family concerns. This type of therapy is used to help everyone in the family system work through a difficult time period, a major transition, or the mental health challenges of a family member(s). 

What Can Family Therapy Help With?

Family therapy can help improve relationships between family members. People often go into family therapy to address specific issues such as conflict between parents and children, or the impact of mental illness on the family as a whole. Specific issues often addressed include:

A family member's illness or death.

Behavioral problems at school and/or at home.

Parent separation and/or divorce.

Communication and problem solving deficits. 

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What To Expect In Family Therapy

Your therapist, with your help, will begin the process of therapy by identifying the main concerns within your family. They will work with you to formulate a plan of treatment and propose ways to meet the treatment goals set. From there it is a matter of communicating, learning, and engaging in the therapy process.

Should you choose to have your sessions via Telehealth you may want to consider where you will do your sessions. We suggest choosing a quiet and private space where everyone can easily participate, and feels free to join the conversation.

Family Therapy Vs.
Couples Therapy

It is important to note that there is a difference between family therapy and couples therapy. Couples therapy focuses just on romantic relationships, while family therapy focuses on any combination of parents, children, grandparents, and caregivers. If you are mainly having relationship difficulties you may want to work on those together as a couple. However, if your issues extend into the family, then family therapy may be the better option.

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