Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy that involves all family members (nuclear or step family) aiming to reduce conflicts and improve interactions among family members.
This form of counseling views issues as patterns or systems that need adjusting. The goal of family therapy is to help families to improve communication, solve family problems, handle special life situations such as: death, serious physical or mental illness, or child and adolescent transitions to create a better home environment.
Families with multicultural and religious backgrounds, as well as families made up of same-sex couples who are raising children, may also benefit from family therapy.
All members (affected by the problem) are recommended to be present but is not always necessary.