The aim of family therapy is to enable each member of the family to cope collaboratively with any distress, misunderstanding and pain that is putting a strain on their relationships and the family unit. This can include life events such as divorce and separation, illness or death and transitional stages of family life such as when young adults leave home to venture off on their own. Work and school-related problems, psychosexual difficulties and parent-child conflict can also be explored through family therapy.
Family therapists may also work alongside health professionals to address specific conditions such as addictions or depression that may be having a damaging effect on family life.
I provide a safe, emphatic environment to explore each point of view within the family. Therapy can disentangle how family patterns may be contributing to any presenting problems, rather than concentrating on one issue for example a child in insolation. By uncovering the source of the problem, systemic therapy can then enable the family to support the child and other family members. This then minimizes and alters the conditions that contribute to the child's or another individuals unhelpful behaviour.
Family therapy can be useful for children, young people and adults facing a wide range of difficulties and experiences.