Family Therapy


Family Therapy is also known as Family and Systemic Psychotherapy helps people within a ‘family’ who are close to each other.

It enables family members who care about each other to discuss and explore their feelings, thoughts and emotions safely.  This can help the ‘family’ to:

  • Gain an understanding of each other
  • Appreciate each others needs
  • Make useful changes in their relationships
  • Find a way forward together collaboratively

Family therapy should always:

  • Inclusive and considerate of the needs of each member of the family
  • Build on the family members individual and familial strengths
  • Work in partnership ‘with’ families and others, not ‘on’ them
  • Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures
  • Enable people to talk, together or individually, often about difficult or distressing issues, in ways that respect their experiences, invite engagement and support recovery


For more information on Family Therapy, visit The Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice