Family Therapy

Family Therapy

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Family therapy is the preferred treatment approach where there are many people surrounding the presenting problem. It is also a preferred treatment approach for adults where there are complex system issues surrounding the presenting problem. Problems that might be addressed in family therapy include:

  • Adjustment problems following family disruption for any reason
  • Attachment and trauma in adopted, foster, and blended families
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Depression and/or Anxiety disorders
  • Coping with illness or pain

What Does Therapy Involve?

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 well-being. Family therapy is based on the following principles:

  • Mental health difficulties are often made worse when family relationships are strained
  • 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:

The following psychologists offer family therapy at Rose Park Psychology. You may click on their names to access their profiles, which contain more information about their training and experience:

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