Family Therapy

There are many different types of family therapy, but they have in common that it is assumed that family members relationships (or lack thereof) with one another have a strong influence on one another’s feelings about themselves, others and the future. When relationships between family members improve, people feel more comfortable, content, hopeful and optimistic about the future. Family therapy often involves at least one person under the age of 18 and other family members (e.g., parents, siblings, step-parents) who are living together and would like to make some changes that benefit everyone. In family therapy, members of the family meet together with the Psychologist to come up with some ideas about what could be better and what each family member can do to contribute to things getting better. Therapy with teenagers and younger children works best when other family members are involved and willing to make changes that will benefit everyone. Even if family members are not believed to be the source of “the problem”, everyone can still be part of the solution.