Family therapy is a type of group psychotherapy. In family therapy, “family” is defined as a group of people who care about each other and call themselves a family. This could include parents and children, partners, grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, caregivers and other professionals that are close to the group.
The goal of family therapy is to help everyone in the family understand and support each other. This type of therapy can help when families are feeling overwhelmed, sad and angry; when they’re unsure how to move forward; or when they feel that they are repeating the same harmful behaviours over and over. If a family is dealing with changes associated with illness, mental health and substance use problems, unemployment, moving, ageing, divorce, trauma, and death and grieving, family therapy with Evölve can help your family through difficult challenges.
How does Family Therapy work?
Family therapy helps family members understand each other and work through difficult feelings in a safe space. This type of therapy focuses on improving the interactions and communication between family members. It is usually used when the family is contributing to a person’s difficulties or when one person’s problems are impacting other family members. When each person feels supported and works within their strengths, positive changes in relationships and in people’s lives will hopefully result.
Family therapists at Evölve can help by talking about each person’s hopes, encourage everyone to talk about their experiences and listen to each other, clarify each person’s beliefs, values, needs, hopes and assumptions so that everyone understands each other, help families stop blaming each other and begin exploring how everyone can work together to make positive changes, help people understand the impact of their words and behaviours on other members of the family, help families talk about the challenges they’re facing, support families as they work through their own goals. Family therapy can benefit family members of any age who are facing various experiences and challenges, including those who are seeking a closer relationship, facing challenges, such as mental or physical illnesses, worried about their children’s behavior, interested in fostering or adopting children, getting a divorce or separation.