Individual therapy is a one-on-one relationship that can be used as a safe place to explore and work towards change, and can focus on almost any topic. People in individual therapy may find they learn new ways of understanding themselves, understand more about how the past affects their present, and have a clearer sense of how to move forward. Parenting support is also sometimes a part of individual therapy.
Couples therapy is often geared more towards a systems approach. This means that there is usually time spent on understanding patterns in the couple's relationship, how these patterns affect each person, and how to alter those patterns when needed. There is often a focus on developing skills around managing conflict, building connection and maintaining intimacy. Parenting support is also sometimes a part of couples therapy.
Family therapy usually involves one or more parents and one or more children, and also uses a systems type approach. This means there is usually time spent on understanding patterns and roles of each individual in the family unit. The focus is on improving how the unit functions, and addressing the needs of individuals collectively. Parenting support is also sometimes a part of family therapy.
Workshops are ways to dedicate a time each week to learn and work on a particular topic for a period of usually 4-6 weeks as part of a group. I am involved with workshops about mindfulness and also workshops for couples getting ready to welcome a baby into the home. Attending a workshop series is not only educational and interactive, but more financially accessible than direct therapy.