Systemic Family Therapy
“When you change the way you look at things the things you look at change”
We are all in relationship with one another and systemic family therapy looks at the person (you) in the context of these relationships. We work from the core belief that we are all interconnected and interdependent. These relationships, which can be with family, intimate partners, social networks and even how we relate in our wider community, influence our life choices and behaviours.
Systemic family therapists can meet with you on your own, as part of a couple or with your whole family. We will also sometimes suggest spending time with different family members individually or together, such as father and son or brother and sister.
People have a habit of becoming the stories they tell and systemic family therapy looks at the importance of life stories, the language we use to tell those stories and how we might re-story them. We work collaboratively with you to explore your difficulties within the contexts of your wider social world while also looking at the possible influences of your family of origin, culture, sexual identity, gender and race.
As systemic family therapists we believe that there is no such a thing as a ‘normal’ family. We will help you to explore the patterns of your relationships and how you are with each other. We will enable you to express difficult issues and emotions safely while also understanding each other’s experiences, views and needs.
Couples and families working through difficulties can often develop unhelpful habits despite their good intentions. We will help you to notice these and to find new possibilities and resources within your relationships to help you overcome your challenges.