Family therapy, as the name implies, is a type of therapy that works with families to cultivate positive change and development. While small disagreements are a given in any family, constant conflict can have lasting negative consequences. Serious conflicts can arise from a variety of different sources including substance abuse, financial problems, mental illness, marital problems, the birth of a child, child rearing, parent and child problems, a job change or a big move. A mental health professional specializing in family therapy can help to find peaceful solutions to family conflicts. If your family is facing a situation that is causing stress or anger, or if you need help developing better ways of communicating, family therapy can be very valuable and, ultimately, bring you closer together.