Families are dynamic, meaning that a struggle or change in one family member will have an impact on other family members’ functioning as well. The purpose of family therapy is to work with a family unit or component to improve those familial relationships and help bring about healthy change among multiple family members.
Family therapy is often essential in cases of new family members (through births or adoption/fostering), interpersonal conflict, and strained personal relationships. I use primarily Theraplay, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy and traditional Filial Therapy approaches when working with families. My work with families is always attachment-based and focused on creating a healthy, safe and secure bond between caregivers and children.
The goal of family therapy is to improve family and individual functioning, and therefore I do not engage in family therapy for any other purpose, including providing reports for courts or during separation and divorce proceedings.