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Family therapy

What is family therapy?

Sometimes families need some time to talk and listen together to explore thoughts and emotions safely. A family is made up of individuals who have different views, feelings and experiences. Family therapy invites you to share some understanding and appreciate each other’s needs and build on family strengths. In doing that, we hope we can facilitate change.

What are the benefits?

Family therapy is safe place to listen to and support each other. It can help to talk about the past, present and anything that might be difficult in the future.

It will build on your strengths as a family, and help to work together to make useful changes as a family and work towards family goals.

Who would we bring?

Family Therapy works best if you can bring the people that are important in your life. This might be family members (extended), friends, partners and other professionals.

Families that are separated have also found it useful to meet together to think about the challenge.

Who will we see?

Family therapists work individually or in teams.

You sometimes might see trainees who will be supervised by a qualified family therapist.

What can we expect?

Sessions will usually last 1 hour. We will think with you about how often we need to meet and for how long.

As part of the work, we will hold reviews to think about progress.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: MH22

Resource Type: Article

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