Family & Systemic Therapy
What is family therapy?
Family therapy (also referred to as systemic therapy) is a form of psychotherapy designed to tackle the issues we sometimes encounter when working with a young patient, when treating them one-to-one is not effective. By their very nature children do not have the same agency over their lives that adults do, and so there are some issues that can be more effectively treated by taking an holistic view.
How does family therapy help?
We might be looking at the way a family communicates for example, and how that makes a child feel, whether that’s between children and parents and grandparents, or just siblings. Sometimes it’s about finding a way for a child to express how they feel to parents, and helping a family find new ways of supporting one another.
Beyond the family, we can also look at the wider group of relationships in school or college, and work with the head of pastoral care at an establishment to give them the expert advice they need to re-integrate a child into school or college, so that we’re part of the process in the school, but from a distance.
What can you expect from a session?
Each family therapy is geared to that particular family, but usually we would have a group session to kick off, then sessions with just the parents, and just the children, before bringing everyone back together. How we configure it is up to each family to decide so that it works for you.
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“Family therapy looks at the wider group dynamics of the family, and it can be a hugely rewarding process for adults as well as children.”
Richard Reid – CEO, Therapist & Coaching Psychologist