Family counselling, like the name suggests, is a type of therapy that involves the whole family. The idea behind is it is that families having difficulties or that have one person who is going through a tough time go to see a counsellor/therapist and try to sort out the issues together.
They work on their relationships with each other, try to improve communication and get an understanding of what factors in the family are causing problems for people. Sometimes families can be affected by certain events or changes – a bereavement, a divorce, moving to a new place or loss of a job – and can need to take some time to deal with whatever’s happened.
Sometimes situations that have gone on for a long time can cause problems, like a lack of communication for example. Going to counselling together can mean no one feels isolated, and that people understand how everyone else is feeling. This can make a big difference in terms of how they behave.