Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that treats families and assists them in encouraging change and development. This therapy tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. Family therapy emphasizes family relationships as an important foundation in supporting and enabling therapeutic wellness.
Family therapy is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family. Family therapy contends that the internal dynamics of the family can produce and sustain problematic behaviors in family members. Therefore, by promoting change within the inner dynamics of a family, this type of therapy is able to restore therapeutic wellness within the family unit.
Family therapy addresses underlying, family issues (communication problems, interpersonal conflicts, behavioral issues in adolescents). By recognizing the fundamental issues that are causing disorder, family members are able to effectively work towards recovery as a supportive and cohesive entity, as opposed to striving for therapeutic wellness as individuals.