Family therapy is a branch of therapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view changes in terms of systems of interaction between family members. i.e. It views families as being bio feedback systems that operate in ways to restore equilibrium.
This can be likened to the body trying to re-balance itself after vigorous exercise and needing fluid. If we consume too much the system gets more out of kilter and causes us to get unwell. The same thing can happen in families and the more out of kilter the family becomes, the more everyone tries to compensate.
It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. It can be helpful to seek outside intervention to assist families and couples to see how they interact in unhelpful ways as well as the ways in which they work well together. They can gain understanding about the various roles they all play.
This type of therapy can work well for families with young children, as well as families and couples who would like other relatives involved in the process.