Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is used to help with issues within a “family,” including a lack of communication, a lack of boundaries, and tension between family members. The term family is not necessarily used for blood relatives, but can mean people that are closely involved in each other’s lives. It is also used to help families that are experiencing hardships such as death or substance abuse in the family.
Family therapy is not usually a long-term therapy program, but instead is usually a few sessions, with an average of around 12 sessions. The purpose is to not solve the problems that the family is having, but to help guide the family to improve their problems through an outside person.