Family Therapy

Family Therapy

family therapy

Family therapy is the preferred treatment approach where there are many people surrounding the presenting problem, including:

  • Adjustment problems following family disruption for any reason
  • Attachment and trauma in adopted, foster, and blended families

It is also a preferred treatment approach for adults where there are complex system issues surrounding the presenting problem, including:

  • Relationship difficulties
  • Depression and Anxiety disorders
  • Coping with illness or pain

Family therapy emphasises that relationships are an important factor in psychological health. The therapist works to change the relationships within families and broader social networks to promote psychological wellbeing. Family therapy is based on the following principles:

  • Mental health difficulties are often made worse by a dysfunctional family
  • Close family relationships are often the most important supports a person has, and are extremely important in any long-term treatment (research has indicated that when an individual has experienced significant trauma, a major predictor of recovery is a supportive family network)

The involvement of families is commonly accomplished by their direct participation in the therapy session. Within the session, the family therapist will assist the family by:

  • Identifying unhelpful patterns of behaviour that exacerbate difficulties
  • Suggesting different ways of responding to other family members and/or members of the broader system
  • Influencing conversations in a way that enhances the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system
  • Examining the role of reward in the development and/or maintenance of illness behaviours within the family system


Family Therapy Psychologists:

If you would like to see a psychologist for family therapy, the following psychologists are available:

Contact us today to book your family therapy on (08) 8333 0940 or via email at