Family Therapy

by Harley Therapy
Reviewed by Dr Sheri Jacobson

Are relationships feeling difficult within your family or are you struggling to help a family member who is suffering from emotional distress? Perhaps your family is experiencing a crisis or ongoing challenges? Family therapy (or family counselling) can help to overcome issues like these in healthy ways so that you and your family members can relate and support one another better.

What is family therapy?

A family counsellor or psychotherapist can help you and your family members to discuss and understand any family problems you are experiencing. Family counselling can support you with a range of issues including communication issues, behavioural issues, relationship breakdowns, adoption, blended family issues, and carer support.

Family therapists can help your family to resolve conflicts, express feelings in healthy ways, find new ways to support each other and, ultimately, create positive change.

What are the benefits of family therapy?

A family therapist will help you and your family members to communicate better, develop healthier coping skills and find healthier ways to resolve disagreements. Together you will come to better understand each other and any issues that you are having by exploring your family's communication styles, boundaries and problem-solving skills.

Timing is everything. Starting family therapy to understand issues as they arise can make problems less likely to escalate.

What issues can family therapy help with?

In any family, tension can arise between family members from time to time. It might be that your family is experiencing relationship difficulties, going through a difficult time, or that one family member has an issue or mental health condition that is impacting the family as a whole. Family therapy can help families to manage a number of issues like these. Other common issues that family therapists help with include:

  • parenting issues
  • child and adolescent behaviour issues
  • divorce and separation
  • adult and child mental health conditions
  • adjusting to changes in the family
  • loss and bereavement
  • financial issues
  • issues of difference
  • problems in infancy, such as sleeping issues and feeding problems
  • child abuse
  • emotional problems, such as anxiety, grief and depression
  • addictions
  • eating disorders
  • relationship issues
  • domestic violence

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If you don't feel satisfied with your first session for any reason, we'll offer you a session with an alternative therapist at our expense.

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What happens in family therapy?

Your therapist will need to understand the challenges that your family is facing and sources of stress or conflict in the family. Your therapist will gradually help you to understand how you might work through challenges and conflicts better and how you are communicating as a family at the moment. Family psychotherapists and counsellors aim to help you to build on your strengths in a safe, confidential environment.

All families are different and unique, so there is no one way of working that suits every family. Your family therapist should be experienced and aim not to place blame, but to engage everyone to work together to find ways of overcoming issues.

Wondering 'how do I find a family therapist near me?' It is important to find a therapist who is appropriately qualified and has experience working with families. In your first session, you can ask questions about your therapist’s approach, their experience working with the issues that your family would like help with and how your sessions will be structured.

The Harley Therapy Approach

We only list family therapists who have been vetted against high-quality requirements including insurance, professional memberships and client experience. Nine out of ten clients rated their therapist experience with five stars.

You will build a relationship with your family psychotherapist based on trust, giving you the confidence to share your feelings and emotions with them and each other. Your counsellor will listen to all that you have to share with empathy and openness.

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