What is Family Therapy?
Family counseling or family therapy can be used to help a family through a difficult period of time, a major transition, or it can address mental or behavioral health problems in family members. It is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving the systems of interactions between family members. Often it is designed to address specific issues affecting the health and functioning of a family.
What Does Family Therapy consist of?
What makes family therapy different from individual counseling is its perspective or framework, not how many people are present at the therapy session. While family therapists often seek to have everyone affected by the problem in the room, that is not always possible or necessary. This type of counseling views problems as patterns or systems that need adjusting, as opposed to viewing problems as residing in the person, which is why family therapy is often referred to as a systems therapy or a strengths based treatment.
Why should I consider Family Therapy?
Family therapy may be identified as the best approach to work on issues that are showing up in one or more members of the family. This enables everyone to participate and be heard. The goal is to resolve conflict and improve relationships, and in turn improve the overall functioning of the family. Family therapy allows the psychologist to see how the family interacts and functions together. Areas of concern for the whole family can be identified and problematic behaviours addressed. It can help family members learn how to get through stressful times as well improve communication between family members.
Please note that services are not covered under OHIP, but may be covered by insurance or extended health care benefits.