Family therapy may include:
A breakdown in the family system – learning to communicate amongst family members to repair the family system
After a death or during an illness. If the death or illness involves a parent or child in the family, the family as a unit may need to find ways to work together, to support one another and accept or understand that each person deals with grief and bereavement in their own personal way. Adults may want to learn skills to help children grieving while grieving themselves.
A separation or divorce affects the whole immediate family and some families seek counselling to help one another work through the “new normal” they find themselves in.
After couples seek treatment and build on their own relationship they may need to mend some relationships with their children and re-establish the family unity that became broken before the couple started counselling.