Family Therapy

A definition and explanation of the type of psychological therapy known as family therapy.

This paper explains that family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that involves all the members of a nuclear or extended family. It shows how family therapy is recommended in situations in which, even though there may be only one member with a condition needing therapy, the member’s behavior affects the whole family.
Other instances where family therapy is recommended include- treatment of a family member with schizophrenia or multiple personality disorder (MPD), families that deviate from social norms and blended families with adjustment problems. Family therapy tends to be short-term treatment, usually several months in length, with a focus on resolving specific problems such as eating disorders, difficulties with school, or adjustments to bereavement or geographical relocation. In family therapy sessions, all members of the family and both therapists (if there is more than one) are present at most sessions.

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