Family Therapy

Briony Barton is a highly trained and experienced family therapist and helps families from all ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds. She has experience working with both heterosexual and same sex headed families and couples.

Find out more about Briony’s qualifications and training here.

What is Family Therapy?

Family therapy helps understand and treat emotional problems and crises by working with the entire family, rather than just the individual. Therapy sessions focus on understanding thoughts, feelings, and behaviour within the context of the family. The goal is to harness and strengthen family resources, and help family members to work collaboratively towards solutions to their problems.

Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you’re done going to therapy sessions.

Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Your specific treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation. 

Family Therapy helps by...

  • Examining your family's ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions.
  • Exploring family roles, rules and behaviour patterns to identify issues that contribute to conflict; and ways to work through these issues.
  • Identifying your family's strengths, such as caring for one another.
  • Identifying your family's weaknesses, such as difficulty confiding in one another.

Briony helps counsel families with problems relating to...

  • Blended or step families
  • Young person’s issues
  • Marital issues
  • Separation and divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Conflictual family relationships
  • Physical or mental health issues
  • Addiction or dependence issues, for example problem drinking

Contact Briony to book an appointment or ask questions

More About Briony

Briony has trained at the Dulwich Centre in Adelaide, the world renowned narrative therapy training and therapy centre. Established by one of the world’s foremost family therapist Michael White, narrative family therapy focuses on the myriad strengths that individual and families have that get lost and forgotten in a climate of problems. 

Briony has also completed the family therapy course at Bower Place which takes a systemic view of families and their problems. It attempts to assist families by looking at all the people and organisations that are part of that family’s life.

Briony has also completed three levels of training in the world renowned Gottman Couple Training, one of a small number of South Australians to do so. See here for a full list of Briony’s qualifications and training.