Family Therapy involves working with some or all members of a family or people in close relationship to each other, to support concerns around relationship dynamics, conflict and communication in the family unit regarding a variety of issues.
We draw upon the strengths of the family, and rather than viewing the 'problem' as residing in one person, your therapist will approach the issue/s with a systemic, holistic lens. This means that we see each person in the family as part of a whole unit. We unpack and explore the dynamics and patterns of the culture or system within the family, and look at how the structure of the unit is impacting on each person.
As with all types of therapy at Little Window, the focus is on relational wellness, and in Family Therapy, the aim is to support family members and couples to safely express, explore and process thoughts, emotions and experiences with each other, to appreciate each other's needs and perspectives, to build on each person's strengths and resources, and to navigate new and healthy ways of relating to each other.
Your therapist will be respectful, compassionate and strengths-based, and be sensitive and accepting of diverse family forms, relationships, cultures and beliefs.
In the Family Therapy process, we strive to enhance communication and cohesion, promote problem-solving skills, build empathy and attunement, foster a deeper understanding of the family's relational and attachment templates, and support healthy boundaries within the family.
Family Therapy can support concerns including:
- Separation and Divorce
- Relationship difficulties and conflict between parents, between siblings, or between a parent and child/teen/young person
- Attachment concerns
- Barriers with communication
- Blended family dynamics
- Planning for share child care or custody arrangements
- Concerns about a child or teen's emotional, social, and behavioural wellbeing
- Caring for a family member with special needs
- Gender adjustment and sexuality concerns
- Protective behaviours
- Boundary setting
- Career and educational concerns
- Stress regarding one parent working away
- Mental health concerns for one or more persons in the family
- Sickness or a medical condition in one or more members of the family
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Financial stress
- Grief and loss
- Trauma and Intergenerational Trauma
- Domestic Violence
- Adjusting to cultural differences and cultural norms within families
- Life transitions and adjustment to change
We would love to hear from you and would be honoured to support you in your journey to wellness.