Family Therapy in Perth

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What is Family therapy?

Family Therapy is used to improve relationships and create stronger bonds of connection between family members. It involves counselling multiple family members together. This may be a couple, parents and a child, multiple members from a blended family, or even several generations together. Family therapists use a systemic lens to view the family. Attention is focused on connections and relationships, rather than individual characteristics, with the notion that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. Rather than seeing the problem arising from one individual member, the therapist engages with the whole family as a functioning unit, looking at personal relationships and interactional patterns, assisting the family in finding and changing unhealthy patterns of behaviour and interaction which may have developed over time. During therapy, family members are given the space to explore difficult thoughts and emotions in a safe and non-judgemental environment, in order to better understand each other’s perspectives and make the necessary changes to create better dynamics at home. Whilst family therapy involves the family group, it can include separate sessions with individual family members from time to time. It is useful for a diverse set of situations including parents who may be struggling with their child or teenager, couples who are experiencing communication difficulties, conflict, betrayal or would simply like to strengthen their bonds of love and connection. The ultimate goal of family therapy is to improve connection, build on strengths and help families bring joy and love back into their relationships. Please note, Medicare do not provide rebates for Family Therapy services.

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