Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. The therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation. Family counseling sessions can teach you skills to deepen your connections and get through stressful times, even after you’re done going to therapy sessions.
Why Family Therapy?
A family counseling can help you improve troubled relationships with your partner, children or other family members. You may address specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family.
You may pursue counseling for family along with other types of mental health treatment, especially if one of you has a mental illness or addiction that also requires additional session or rehabilitation treatment.
Family counseling can be useful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger or conflict. It can help you and your family members understand one another. At the same time, you’ll learn coping skills to bring you closer together.