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Improving Communication and Resolving Conflict

Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family's situation. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you're done going to therapy sessions.

Family therapy can also bring parents, siblings and extended family members such as aunts, uncles and grandparents into the treatment process. The family system has its own structure and patterns of communication, which may be defined by parenting style, personalities and other influences.

Family therapy may be helpful to:

  • Resolve a specific issue

  • Prepare the family for a major life change such as a divorce or remarriage

  • Address the role that family plays in an individual’s life

  • Negotiating changes and adjustments within the family

  • Support blended family compositions


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