Our family effects who we become. Family is where we learn our vocabulary, our habits, our customs and rituals, and how to view and observe the world around us. We also learn to love and how to interact with others from these first important relationships.
Family therapy can help members to improve their understanding of each other, support each other, work through difficult situations, provide skills to cope with challenges, and help the family to achieve an increased sense of togetherness.
Some of the reasons for seeking family therapy might be:
- Divorce and blended families
- Parent-teen conflict
- Problems at school
- Problems between siblings
- Grief and loss
- Gender identity issues
- Sexual orientation issues
- Mental health issues
What to expect in family therapy?
- Examine your family’s ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions
- Explore family roles, rules and behaviour patterns
- Identify issues that contribute to conflict and learn skills to work through
- Identify family’s strengths and ways to deepen connections
Some positive family therapy outcomes are:
- Creates safety and stability
- Strategies to develop and maintain boundaries
- Fosters sense of cohesion and communication
- Promotes problem-solving
- Builds empathy and understanding
- Reduces conflict