Anyone who has a condition that interferes with his or her life and the lives of family members may benefit from family therapy. Usually, the better the family functions, the lower the stress level for the person with the health problem. Family therapy has been used successfully to treat many different types of families in many different situations, including those in which:
The parents have conflict within their relationship.
A child has behavior or school problems.
Children or teens have problems getting along with each other.
One family member has a long-term (chronic) mental illness, such as an alcohol use problem or severe depression.
Family therapy can also be useful before problems begin. Some families seek this type of therapy when they anticipate a major change in their lives. For example, a man and woman who both have children from previous marriages may go to family therapy when they marry to help all family members learn how to live together.