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Families sometimes get into difficulties through differences with one another, or they may become stressed, for example when family members experience physical illnesses, mental health problems, major life events or a combination of illnesses and difficult decisions.

The term family refers to a group of people who care about each other: they may or may not be related. Thus, although the term family therapy appears to exclude those who live alone or have no family ties or connections, it should be interpreted broadly and accommodates interest in diversity issues.

Therapy may involve large family groups or subgroups, ege.g. a parent and child who wish to work on their relationship. If your family is considering therapy, it may be worth considering a longer meeting of perhaps 90 minutes for the first consultation meeting or if you are a member of a large family.  Sometimes co-therapy (two therapists working together) might be suggested, particularly for large families.

Link to United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy Link to British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Link to British Psychoanalytic Council

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