Family Therapy

Family Therapy is a key part of Briony Barton’s service in Adelaide. She is a highly experienced family therapist and helps families from all ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds. Both heterosexual and same sex headed families and couples are welcome.

What can Family Therapy Help with?

  • Blended or step families in conflict.
  • Young person's issues - how everyone can cope better during the teen years.
  • Dealing with loss or bereavement.
  • Separation and divorce - nastiness can be avoided.
  • Physical or mental health issues - how families can cope with changing circumstances and support each other.
  • Addiction or dependence issues - e.g. problem drinking.

Contact Briony to book an appointment or ask questions

What is Family Therapy?

This specialized 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 family. The goal is to harness and strengthen family resources, and help family members to work collaboratively towards solutions to their problems.

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

This type of 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.

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.

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.