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What is Family Therapy?


Updated January 24, 2006

Question: What is Family Therapy?

Family therapy involves a whole family, or several family members, all meeting with a therapist. Family therapy can be helpful if a family is having problems getting along. It can also be used with one family member has a problem, and family relationships may be copntributing to or maintaining the problem. In many cases the problem may be exhibited by a child, but this is not always the case.

Family therapy is often recommended if a child has a behavior problem. Some family therapists see the child with the problem as the "scapegoat" and view the problem as actually residing within the family system. Eating disorders in adolescents are often treated with family therapy. Family therapists avoid blaming any family member for the problems, rather they help the family interact in different ways that may solve the problem.

Last updated 1/23/06

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