Family means many things to many different people. As such, family therapy takes many forms. Divorced co-parents may want family therapy or an extended family of multiple generations may benefit. The group learns to work together and is taught tools for building true support and connection throughout the family unit.
The first appointment in family therapy is typically when the therapist gets to know the family. He or she will ask questions about the nature and dynamic of the various relationships in the family, and the family will share their reasons for coming to therapy. In the case of acute crises, a therapist will offer immediate intervention. In many cases, a family will need therapy on an ongoing basis; however, family therapy does not typically take as many sessions as one-on-one therapy might.