Family Therapy

Families encounter problems from time to time and sometimes need extra help to overcome the stressful circumstances in the household.

All family members join with the counsellor and the family counselling team to share their family stories and to work out alternate stories for the family to consider. Everyone’s ideas and opinions are important and contribute to the family picture, which has its own unique patterns.

During the family session, a possibility may arise to introduce a new dimension to the patterns, and this is what will make the difference to achieve a new picture in the family.

Family counselling helps you to understand and cope better with the stresses and strains of family life.

Families can be a source of support, encouragement and love but sometimes relationships within families are put under strain and family members feel isolated or overlooked. Family counselling can help when siblings aren’t getting on, or when parents and children are going through a divorce or separation. Forming a new family is a challenge and it is at this point that many parents contact Relate for some support to help everyone settle.

What can I expect from Family Counselling?

Every family member can expect to have a voice and be heard within family counselling.

It is common for families to meet once every two weeks, and sometimes the counsellor will see different family members alone to work on specific issues. This can help you with more complex family issues such as an eating disorder.


Family counselling benefits the whole family by helping everyone to say how they are feeling. Family counselling can help reduce conflict which means fewer rows at home and can help everyone cope better with their situation.