None of us lives in isolation and in our everyday lives we link in with those around us who we care about. This might be in person, over the phone or even just thinking about our relationships with important people. So, when we are having a difficult time such as experiencing stress, health difficulties or mental health problems, it makes sense to use the resources and support of those around us to cope with the challenges life throws at us. Also, when one person is struggling for any reason, those around them, be they partners, children, other relatives or friends, tend to be affected in some way. Their help may be spot on but sometimes there may be other ways in which they may be able to support the person in distress to make positive changes for themselves and their relationships.
What is Family Therapy?
Family Therapy is a talking therapy which encourages groups of people to tackle difficulties together. This is most commonly a couple or relatives such as parents and children or siblings. The therapy offers a safe space to share thoughts, experiences and feelings about anything which is causing distress. Through the sharing of these, building on each other’s strengths and finding new ways to negotiate these difficulties right now and in the future, family therapy can help with a variety of difficulties. This may range from how to negotiate a physical health condition or a diagnosis like autism, experience of depression or even how to manage family disagreements. To find out more about family therapy click here to go to The Association of Family Therapy website.