Family Therapy is a form of Psychotherapy which aims to help troubled families to overcome crisis, re-establish values, improve relations and provide assistance for problems through early intervention. It focuses on the interconnected relationships within families to promote better relationships and understanding among family members so they can cope better with the strains and stresses of family life.
Families are often the source of love, support and encouragement. However, there are instances when family relationships are put under strain. There could be a number of reasons behind this, with the most common being financial difficulties, parents being divorced or separation, siblings not getting along, a family member is suffering from addiction or substance abuse, a family member has a physical or mental illness, and the approaching death of a family member. Family counselling is often useful in helping families cope with these life-changing situations and improve their relations. Professional services are sometimes needed to help families deal with challenging periods and face daunting scenarios as a single, cohesive unit. Qualified family counsellors are available to help families in resolving various conflicts. They can effect changes that can have a huge impact on everyone concerned.
Trained family counsellors can provide expert advice and guidance for families going through tough times. Family counselling sessions can be tailored to meet specific requirements and can be conducted for individual members or for the entire family.
The beauty of Family Therapy lies in the fact that every member can have a voice and can expect to be heard during the session. They can voice their thoughts and feelings and the counsellor can facilitate while the family works out their differences. Family Therapy can minimise conflicts which translates to fewer squabbles at home and help every member cope better with their situation.
Mary Jane worked at Redbank House for 10 yrs, specialising in family issues.