Research has shown that systemic family and couple therapy is as effective, and in many cases more effective than alternative interventions, often at a lower cost.
How might family therapy help me and my family?
Family Therapy (FT) can help families stuck in repeating patterns of hurtful or harmful behaviour and that have run out of ideas for solving problems. FT helps families that are facing all kinds of difficulties, such as:
- Families and couples who want to build closer and happier relationships.
- Families facing special challenges like addictions, mental illness, physical illness, bereavement, eating disorders, self-harming behaviours, family conflicts and more.
- Families who are worried about their children's behaviour.
- Families who are fostering and adopting children.
- Parents who want to separate in a way that focuses on their children's needs and happiness.
Family Therapy is backed by research
Children and adolescents
Reviews of research list the following circumstances in which family therapy has been proven to be effective for children and adolescents:
- Problems in infancy; sleep, feeding and attachment
- Child abuse and neglect
- Child and adolescent conduct problems such as behavioural difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and delinquency
- Emotional problems including anxiety, depression, grief, bipolar disorder, self harm and suicidality
- Body- related problems including enuresis, encopresis, recurrent abdominal pain, medically unexplained symptoms and poorly controlled asthma and diabetes
- Drug abuse
- First episode psychosis
Adults and couples
Reviews of research show effectiveness of family therapy for adults, families and couples affected by:
- Relationship difficulties and distress
- Psychosexual problems
- Intimate partner violence
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders and depression
- Alcohol and drug problems
- Adjustment to chronic physical illness
- Eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and obesity