What is Family- and Couples Therapy?


Family therapy – also known as systemic therapy – aims to enable family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely. It also helps the family members to understand each other’s experiences and views. 


Family- and couples therapy largely builds on the notions of system therapy, and considers the family as a system. Any change in the system will affect each individual and facilitate positive change. In the systemic framework, the problematic behavior patterns and experiences of individuals are linked to family interactions and relationships as well as the context in which they develop. Systemic therapy views the problem within the context of the relationship and addresses the dysfunctional patterns of interaction. The focus is therefore on “why things may occur over and over again.”


About the process:


Family or Couples therapy is often short-term, focusing on the solution. It is therefore specific to the situation and sets attainable therapeutic goals. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. The specific treatment plan will depend on the family’s situation. The therapy sessions can teach you the skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you’re done going to therapy sessions. The duration of the sessions is longer than in individual psychotherapy, the sessions last 90 minutes.


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Why Family- or Couples Therapy?


This type of therapy can help people who care for each other to find ways to cope collaboratively with any distress, misunderstanding and pain that is affecting their relationships and putting a strain on the family unit. This approach builds on the existing strengths of the family and targets to make useful changes in the relationships. It can help to:


  • Pinpoint your specific challenges and how your family or couple is handling them
  • Learn new ways to interact and overcome unhealthy patterns of relating to each other
  • Set individual, couple or family goals and work on ways to achieve them
  • Improve communication and problem solving skills


Some of the issues or situations a family / couple  could benefit from therapy:


  • Marital / relationship problems including separation and divorce issues
  • Issues involving the family’s life cycle and transitional stages of life
  • Promoting parenting skills and family / relationship functioning
  • Psychosomatic problems
  • Psychosexual difficulties
  • School-related problems
  • Work-related problems
  • Traumatic experiences, loss and bereavement