Family Therapy

Family therapy is a collaborative and strengths-based approach to addressing issues within families, with the aim of promoting positive change and improving overall well-being.

Couples therapy

Understanding Family Therapy

Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on improving communication and resolving conflicts within families. It views the family as a complex system with its own unique patterns of interaction, communication styles, and dynamics. It assumes that problems cannot be successfully addressed or solved in isolation.

Our family therapists work with families to identify and address issues that may be causing distress or dysfunction in individuals or the entire family system, with the ultimate goal of fostering healthier relationships and enhancing overall family functioning.

How Family Therapy Works

1. Three-step approach:

  • Assessment: The first step in family therapy is typically an assessment phase, where the therapist gathers information about the family’s history, relationships, and presenting concerns. This may involve individual interviews with family members, as well as observation of family interactions.
  • Identification of Issues: Once the assessment is complete, the therapist works with the family to identify specific issues or areas of conflict that need to be addressed. These may include communication problems, unresolved conflicts, parenting challenges, behavioral issues, or major life transitions such as divorce or remarriage.
  • Setting Goals: The primary goal is to facilitate change in terms of interaction and provide family members with tools to resolve conflicts on their own. This includes improving communication, solving family problems, understanding and handling special family situations (e.g., death, illness, etc.), and creating a better functioning home environment.

2. Systemic View:

Family therapists adopt a systemic perspective, considering the family as a whole rather than focusing on individuals independently. The therapy looks at the interactions between family members and identifies patterns that contribute to conflict or distress.

3. Sessions:

Therapy sessions may include all or just some family members, depending on the issue’s nature and the therapist’s approach. It’s possible for therapists to switch between individual and group sessions to better understand dynamics and individual perspectives.

4. Duration and Frequency:

The length of family therapy varies based on the family’s needs and the specific issues addressed. Some families may meet with a therapist every few weeks for several months, while others may require longer or more frequent sessions.

Benefits of Family Therapy

  • Improved Relationships:
    Family therapy can help improve strained relationships by addressing specific issues like deep-seated conflicts, grief, or mental health conditions.
  • Behavioral Change:
    It helps family members understand and support each other better, leading to positive behavioral changes within the family.
  • Communication Skills:
    Our therapists equip families with skills to communicate more effectively, reducing misunderstandings and conflicts.
  • Emotional Support:
    It provides a safe space for all family members to express their thoughts and emotions, which is particularly important during times of change or stress.

In summary, family therapy is a collaborative and strengths-based approach to addressing issues within families, with the aim of promoting positive change and improving overall well-being.

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Our Family Therapy Specialists

We are a group of experienced psychologists and therapists providing one-on-one talk therapy and assessments in native-level English, Spanish and German. You can either pick a clinician from below, or let us help you find just the right psychologist for you.

Marco Schaber,
I am a therapist working with expats and the LGBTQ+ community in both English and German. My aim is to empower you by focusing on your strengths and on uncovering solutions to deal with your struggles.
Lou James,
MA, MSc., PGDip
English speaking Family Therapist. I offer services in English, to families, parents, couples, individuals, and children.


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