Lack of social support and conflicts with the family has been shown to contribute to depressive symptoms. Moreover, working on these factors in family therapy is an effective adjunct treatment modality, in addition to individual therapy and pharmacotherapy, to treat depression.
Family therapy can include just two members or as many members of the family as may be willing to attend. It can have sessions with specific members of the family or joint sessions with everyone. A family therapist will focus on different areas, depending on their therapy approach, such as family structure, boundaries, communication patterns, behavioural reinforcements, etc. to improve the family functioning and strengthen healthy relationships.
The number of sessions required is subjective to each family and the issues that they face. No set number can be given.
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