Emotional life is complex, and exists in the context of our network of human relationships. There are times when it is more helpful to include all the key players in the therapeutic process, rather than just one person. In these times, family therapy can be a useful and cost-effective approach to restoring and upholding psychological health. It is so often the case, and quite understandably, that the central and deepest pain in our life stems from our experience of our families of origin.
Unhealthy and destructive patterns often take root in a family’s life, and form a part of the family’s automatic functioning. This means that families very often find themselves at the mercy of ceaseless repetitions of the same old pain and frustration. Family therapy hopes to break these cycles by introducing an attitude of mutual thoughtfulness and reflection. From reciprocal understanding, a more tolerant and accepting atmosphere can develop.