Family therapy is based on the commonly recognized view that no psychological problem is ever purely an individual problem. The psychological stress felt by one individual often has its roots in the larger family or community system.
Common issues in family therapy include: chronic fighting (verbal or physical), mental health issues, drug use in a family member, and disagreements about values or goals.
In families with difficulties, one member has often withdrawn and has become detached from the family, or has become angry or disruptive. Family therapy assists family members to feel respected and understood and to learn the value of having the support of each other.