At F&TP we recognise that one of the struggles that parents/carers and children/young people can experience is an inability to get along and communicate lovingly and respectfully. For younger children ages 3-12, our Family therapy involves helping parents/carers learn special skills in guided play sessions. For teens we offer a special kind of therapeutic family intervention - ‘Attachment Based Therapy for Families’ (ABTP).
We have developed our own programme of family sessions, influenced by the ‘Child Parent Relationship Therapy’ model and ‘Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) principles. In family therapy, the parent is present in every session and is involved throughout. For younger children, the therapist and parent later discuss how some of the special play skills they have learnt might transfer to daily life.
Parents/carers are helped to improve their: Structuring skills, Empathic skills, Imaginative play skills (child-centred, non-directive) and Limit setting skills. For older children and young people our ‘Attachment Based Therapy for Families’ uses the undeniable power of attachment-focused interactions to create a safe psychological space for them and their families to repair attachment ruptures and build the foundation for a healthier future.
Members of our F&TP have been trained to understand and effectively support children, young people and their families who are struggling with relationship development and trauma resolution. This approach can help children/young people learn to trust, it is family-based and involves the child/young person with his or her parent/caregivers.
How can family therapy help?
Family Therapy can help parents and children/young people to: understand each others’ worries and feelings more fully, learn how to become more accepting of differing viewpoints and feel more loved and appreciated, experience less guilt and resentment and more empowered and tolerant. New skills can be learnt by all the family which encourage: increased co-operation, better listening and more communication.
‘Attachment Based Therapy for Families’ can reduce constant arguments, frustrations and anger displays, in which parents and children can feel like enemies, and help them become more in touch with each other’s feelings and needs.