Depending on circumstances, a therapist may point out to the family patterns that have gone unnoticed or suggest different ways of responding to other family members. These changes in the way of responding may then trigger repercussions encouraging others to also respond more positively, bringing change to the whole system, leading to a more satisfactory systemic state and better functioning in the family as a whole.
Family therapy can be useful in any family situation that causes stress, grief, anger or conflict. It can help you and your family members understand one another better and learn coping skills to bring you closer together.
The goal of family therapy is to return the family as a whole to health, such that each family member is emotionally connected to the family and embraced as a fully functioning member while at the same time is differentiated as an individual, able to pursue and achieve personal goals.
Family therapy is a way of thinking; family therapists are relational therapists, in that they are interested in the interactions between people. A family therapist will meet several members of a family at the same time. This has the advantage of making changes in how family members perceive mutual relationships and the interaction patterns of the family.
Patterns of family behaviour are often repetitive, appearing at home and in the therapy office, allowing the therapist to enter into the family system and begin to make changes to help people interact in ways that heal and repair relationships.