What is Family Therapy?


Families are small and unique communities. Like all communities, they sometimes get into difficulties through their differences with one another or feel the strain when members of the families experience troubles.
Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, often called Family Therapy – helps people in close relationships help each other. It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and lives. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help a family free up their strengths, sometimes difficulties are more complex and families may need longer to find solutions that work for them. Research shows that Family Therapy is useful, for children, young people and adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties and circumstances as well as relationship problems. These include:

  • Family communication problems
  • Child and adolescent behaviour difficulties
  • Illness and disability in the family
  • Separation, divorce and step family life
  • Bereavement

The Family Therapist aims to engage the family members in sharing understanding and exploring ways forward that work for them. Most families experience difficulties sometimes. If it feels like family relationships are suffering, if you are no longer sure what to do for the best or family members seem stuck in repeating patterns of hurtful or harmful behaviour, Family Therapy may help.

If you would like to speak to one of our therapists in complete confidence click here to arrange an appointment.


Elmwood Centre
32 Lombard Street East
D02 EH24
(Located opposite Pearse Street Dart Station and the Trinity Science Gallery)
T: 01 667 6928
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