Most people and most families experience serious difficulties sometimes. If you’re no longer sure what to do for the best, if it feels like close relationships are suffering or seem stuck in patterns of hurtful or harmful behaviour, Family Therapy may help. Whether you are considering therapy for yourself, you and your partner or your family group, children, parents or others important in your life, we hope you find the information here useful.
Family Therapy helps people in close relationship 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.
Children, adults, parents, couples and families share their experiences of family and systemic therapy, using words and pictures.
Start by asking your GP, health visitor or other health or social care professional. They may arrange for you to see a GP-based Family Therapist if one is available or, if appropriate, refer you to another family therapy service in your area. Details of accredited Family and Systemic Psychotherapists working independently may also be found on the UKCP website.
Many family therapists use their skills and understandings outside traditional ‘therapy’ settings. This work is often called ‘systemic practice’.
Professionals with ‘systemic family therapy’ trainings can be found working with families and 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.
We have created a list of organisations offering advice and information to people concerned about their relationships and/or the well-being of themselves or others.