What is Family Therapy?
Family Therapy or Family and Systemic Psychotherapy helps people in close relationships to help each other.
It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.
Family Therapy aims to be:
- Inclusive and considerate of the needs of each member of the family and/or other key relationships (systems) in people’s lives.
- Strengths based by recognising and building on peoples’ strengths and relational resources.
- Collaborate by working in partnership ‘with’ families and others, not ‘on’ them.
- Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures.
- Respectful of personal experiences, engaging and supportive in recovery.
Who is Family Therapy for?
Research shows Family Therapy is useful for children, young people and adults experiencing a very wide range of difficulties and experiences.
If you want to know more about what difficulties are helped by Family Therapy please go to the AFT website on the home page and see our FAQ or refer to ‘What Difficulties are helped by Family Therapy’. Family therapists also use their skills and understandings outside traditional ‘therapy’ settings by working with other caring relationships in social care, schools, hospitals, hospices, organisational consultancies, substance misuse services, older adults services, youth offending projects, community outreach projects and more.
How is Family Therapy Offered?
Family therapy will usually take place at The Practice Rooms in Salisbury, Wiltshire but is available in The Practice Rooms in Bath, Exeter or Bristol.
Family Therapy can also be offered within organisations such as Children’s homes, in-patient hospitals, education settings.
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