A family is comprised of two or more members who ideally have joined together to create a safe place to grow. Many factors related to prior family history or current stresses can converge to create family relationship difficulties. Often a child will show symptoms or act out due to conflict within the family system. When this occurs the child may initially be referred for therapy, but this can then lead to other members of the family joining in. The goal of family therapy is to honor each member as a unique individual while improving communication and discipline within the family unit. A family systems perspective that takes into account current and past relational dynamics is utilized as an effective means to identify and address problems within a family.