What can family therapy be helpful for?

Family therapy can give your family a private space and a safe environment to explore and manage specific issues.

For example: – Illness of a family member, or death. – Separation or divorce. – Physical aggression or verbal aggression, or high levels of conflict within a family. – Behavioural problems. – Addiction or substance abuse / substance use disorder. – Mental health issues.

Sometimes family therapy works alongside other forms of mental health treatment.  For example, in eating disorders, a young person will often have individual therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy in addition to family therapy.

Couples therapy is sometimes considered a form of family therapy.   Couples therapy can help parents to re-align their values, priorities and boundaries, where there have been difference or difficulties in the way they parent.

A healthy relationship between parents is vital to healthy everyday family functioning.