Communication and behavioural problems within a family can develop over time or be the result of a major life event. They do not have to be blood related as the concept of family can include any group having a close relationship. When some or all of the members decide that they cannot achieve a resolution on their own they may seek the help of a qualified therapist. Members can be seen individually and / or as a group.
The therapist will usually use a systemic or cognitive approach to clarify the issues and help members identify how their thought patterns and ingrained beliefs influence the whole group. The approach is generally to focus on solutions rather than searching for the origins of the problems.