Systemic Family Therapy

Systemic therapy is a form of family therapy. Systemic therapy seeks to reduce distress and conflict within family dynamics by addressing and improving the systems of interactions between individuals. Systemic therapy can involve anyone in the family, whether parents and children, grandparents, siblings and even partners, friends and carers. ??

Systemic therapy aims to identify deep-rooted patterns within individual relationships with family members. This approach helps to uncover communication and behaviour within the family system, also assuming that the individual’s emotional issues are a result of difficulties within the family dynamic, and relationships outside of the family.

Typically, systemic therapists will not see the problem as that of the individual, but one for the whole family and wider circle.

WHAT IF A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY IS RELUCTANT TO COME?

For some family members, the idea of family therapy can feel a little daunting. In this case, it can be useful to arrange a meeting with the family therapist and the family member, giving them a chance to ask any questions they may have before officially starting the therapy sessions. Family therapists will be able to explain how they work and seek to find a way of working that makes everyone comfortable.

CAN I SEE A FAMILY THERAPIST ALONE?

You can see a family therapist as an individual. For many, it is helpful to have the family present in sessions to discuss together what’s happening, but of course, this isn’t always possible. Seeing a family therapist as an individual can still be very helpful.

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