Family therapy is a type of counselling involving the entire family. It can help maintain positive relationships within a family dealing with a stressful situation or a life-changing event, such as having a loved one with a chronic mood disorder.
In family therapy, each person can express any concerns and fears about how the problem is affecting their loved one and the family dynamics. They will also receive support for the frustrations they experience when helping the person through the challenges of his or her situation.
Family therapy should be conducted by a qualified counsellor who has had specific training in treating families, such as a professional counsellor or psychologist.
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine & W. Stewart Agras MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health