In a typical family therapy session, people come together to discuss the issues that are affecting their relationships.
Through the support of the therapist, family members might be encouraged to talk about the challenges they are facing and think about each persons hopes for their family. The therapist might encourage everyone to talk about their own experiences and to listen to everyone else; whilst respecting and clarifying each persons beliefs, values, needs, hopes and assumptions to help them understand one another better.
Family therapy can help to stop blame within families, increasing people’s understanding of the impact their words and actions have on everyone else in the family. Together people can start exploring what each person in the family does well and thinking about how everyone can work together to make things better.
Sessions and techniques will be adapted according to the therapy goals and the ages, needs, resources and preferences of the individuals involved. Sessions involving children for example may include drawing and play exercises to help them express their emotions in a more creative and engaging manner.