Family therapy ultimately seeks to facilitate couples and families in the healing of relational pain and injury through repair and reconciliation. It has a focus on systems theory which views the value of the individual in the context of all social relationships. What does that mean? It’s a bit like a child’s mobile that hangs from the ceiling; if one part of that mobile is moved, all of the other parts of the mobile start bobbing up and down until the mobile is re-balanced. The function and health of the family system is similar – all of the members are connected to and act in relation to one another.
The family therapist seeks to nurture and promote change and development within the family system that will benefit the family members and unit as a whole. Therapy is structured to catalyse relational healing, strength, wisdom and support.