Family therapy is a method of psychotherapy that involves meeting with family members individually and collectively to address family issues, conflicts, and dynamics. A family may include a traditional biological family, an extended family (i.e., grandparents, siblings, etc…), a stepfamily or partners who are living together in a committed relationship with children. Family therapy is a systemic, short-term treatment that takes the entire family context into consideration. A family therapist takes a dynamic role in the communication between family members and in helping families engage in strategic, creative and pragmatic solutions to address the issues which brought them into treatment.
The goal of family therapy is to help family members improve communication, resolve family issues and conflicts, and cope with special family issues such as substance abuse, divorce, remarriage, serious physical and mental illness, and child and adolescent issues.