Family Therapy is based on the belief that the family is a unique social system with its own structure and patterns of communication. These patterns are determined by many factors, including the parents' beliefs and values, the personalities of all family members, and the influence of the extended family (grandparents, aunts and uncles). As a result of these variables, each family develops its own unique personality, which is powerful and affects all of its members.

Family Therapy is based on the following concepts:

1.  Illness in one family member may be a symptom of a larger family problem. To treat only the member who is identified as ill is like treating the symptom
     of a disease but not the disease itself. It is possible that if the person with the illness is treated but the family is not, another member of the family
     will become ill. This cycle will continue until the problems are examined and treated.
2.  Any change in one member of the family affects both the family structure and each family member individually.

During Family Therapy, the family's strengths are used to help them to handle their problems. All family members are encouraged to take responsibility for problems and some family members may need to change their behaviour more than others.

Family Therapy aims to:

1.  Teach family members about how families function in general and, in particular, how their own family functions.
2.  Help families to focus less on the member who has been identified as ill and focus more on the family as a whole.
3.  Assist in identifying conflicts and anxieties and help families to develop strategies to resolve them.
4.  Strengthen all family members so that they are able to work on their problems together.
5.  Teach family members ways to handle conflicts and changes within the family differently. Sometimes the way in which family members handle
      problems increases the likelihood of symptom development.

How long will therapy last?

The number of sessions required varies, depending on the severity of the problem and the willingness of members to participate in therapy. The family and the therapist set mutual goals and discuss the length of time expected to achieve these goals. Therapy may also be structured in order to focus on particular family members during different sessions.

I offer Family Therapy in order to assist with the following concerns:

Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
Child, adolescent and adult behavioural difficulties
Child, adolescent and adult mental health issues
Couple relationship difficulties
Difficulties related to ageing and other life cycle changes
Illness and disability in the family
Parenting issues
Separation, divorce and step-family life
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HPCSA Number:       PS 0119733
Practice Number:     0524980
HPCSA Number:       PS 0119733
Practice Number:     0524980