Family therapy helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. In family therapy, you will learn the skills you need to get through the stressful times and to deepen relationships. You may work to generally improve troubled relationships or to address specific issues such as poor family communication, conflicts between parents and children, or the effects of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family. Families in therapy will learn new ways to interact and overcome unhealthy patterns for the benefit of the entire family. Family therapy can be provided between immediate family members and can incorporate extended family members as needed. It can be conducted with a little as two family members or the entire family system.