There are different schools of thought in family therapy, but all of them begin with the assumption that individuals in a family cannot be completely understood without considering our roles, or who we are in relation to each other and within the group as a whole. This approach works to understand the conflict that emerges in the family as part of a system, and it often involves the participation of multiple members of a “family” (which needn’t necessarily be biologically related) in the search for solutions. If you seek out family therapy, you will address such matters as your patterns of behaviour, the transmission of troubles from parent to child in your family (referred to as trans-generational), among other issues, and the therapist will work to offer support and nurture change in accordance with the roles and relationships held by each family member.

An overview of family therapy approaches is available on Wikipedia.

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