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Family Counselling

Family counselling is aimed at helping families to overcome crisis, improve relations and provide support for problems such as illness. Family systems therapy is one of the most popular approaches and views the interaction between family members as a prime source of discord. It seeks to improve individuals' well-being by focusing on the interconnected relations found within familes.

The Family - All families experience problems and face challenges at some time or another. Issues such as illness and bereavement can be the cause of a great deal of pressure and may lead to strained relations. Family counselling can sometimes be useful in helping people to cope with life-changing events and in improve their interaction with other members.

Divorce and illness are problems that are frequently addressed by family counsellors. They can bring about significant changes that can have a major impact on all concerned. Therefore help is sometimes needed to help families face challenging periods and confont difficult situations as a single, cohesive unit.

Trained family counsellors can provide guidance for families experiencing difficult times. In some cases professional help can prove very useful in solving or alleviateing common problems. Sessions are generally conducted for both individual members and the family as a whole. You'll find a selection of family support services and resources below.

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Family help-lines

Family Contact Line - 0845 120 3788
This is a national helpline that provides telephone help and advice for people suffering from family-related problems. Based in Altringham, they offer face-to-face family support services to the local area.

Support Line - 0208 554 9004
They provide a confidential telephone service for a wide range of issues, including family difficulties. Their trained operators also have information about family support groups and counselling services.

Family support services

National Society For Children And Family Contact
A registered charity that works to maintain family support for children following a divorce or separation. The site contains a wealth of information for parents and families including the responsibility and legal implications of separation.

The Institute Of Family Therapy
This is the biggest family therapy organisation in the UK. They provide information about family support groups, counselling services and mediation services. There's also a clear run-down of the costs involved when pursuing professional guidance.

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