Leone Centre Glossary

Genograms in Family Therapy

A genogram is a visual representation used in family therapy to map out relationships, patterns, and dynamics within a family. This tool provides a detailed overview of family history, highlighting connections and significant events across generations. It serves as a valuable resource for therapists and clients to gain deeper insights into family structures and interactions.

Purpose and Benefits

Genograms help identify patterns and issues that may influence an individual’s behaviour and emotions. By exploring these patterns, individuals can better understand their familial influences and make informed decisions about their personal growth and relationships. This method also encourages open communication among family members, fostering a deeper understanding of each other’s experiences and perspectives.

Creating a Genogram

Creating a genogram involves gathering detailed information about family members, including their names, dates of birth, and significant life events. Symbols and lines are used to represent various relationships and dynamics, such as marriages, divorces, and emotional connections. This visual format helps to identify recurring themes and potential areas of concern within the family structure.

Applications in Therapy

Genograms are used in various therapeutic settings to address a range of concerns. They can help uncover underlying issues within the family system, guide discussions about family roles and expectations, and support the development of healthier relational patterns. By examining the genogram, therapists and clients can work together to explore and address familial influences on the individual’s current life situation.


What is the main purpose of a genogram in family therapy?
The main purpose of a genogram is to map out family relationships and patterns, providing insights into familial influences on an individual’s behaviour and emotions.
How is a genogram different from a family tree?
While both genograms and family trees outline familial relationships, genograms include additional information about emotional connections, significant life events, and patterns across generations.
Can genograms be used outside of therapy?
Yes, genograms can be valuable tools for individuals seeking to understand their family history and dynamics, even outside a therapeutic setting.


Book Now

Get Started Today
with Leone Centre

Book Now


Call Us

Call us
020 3930 1007

View therapists

View our therapists
Find your match

This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision