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What is family therapy?

What is family therapy?

Family therapy helps families talk together in a safe environment.

Family therapy helps people to talk together with a therapist about ways to cope with difficult things.

What is good about family therapy?

Family therapy can help with difficult problems and relationship problems.

It can help you plan for things that might be difficult in the future.

Who will be there?

It is up to you who you would like to come to sessions. The people you invite should know you really well.

You can invite family members, friends and people who support you.

Some sessions can be by yourself or with a few people.

How many sessions will we need?

People usually have 6 sessions.

There can be more sessions if it might be helpful.

How long will the sessions be?

The sessions last 1 hour and 15 minutes.

How often will the sessions be?

The sessions are usually once every month.

How does family therapy work?

Family therapists usually work in teams.

The therapist will ring you before the sessions start to explain how it works and answer any questions.

You and your family or friends will usually talk with the therapist in one room. The team will be in another room listening to you.

The team will then share their ideas and thoughts with you.

Sometimes a therapist might tape a session so they can watch it again later.

They will not do this without your permission.

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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.

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