Who is it for?
Systemic Family Therapy can be utilised with families, systems of community, workplaces or individuals. Working "systemically" means that we work toward changing the way people relate to each other, creating new patterns of communication and ways of relating.
What can it help with?
Systemic Family Therapy has been shown to be effective in problems across the lifespan, including for children, adolescents, adults and couples. Examples include (but are not limited to) anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, hearing voices, school issues, addiction, OCD and PTSD.
We are experts at co-creating creative strategies to address specific goals. Our multi-disciplinary team have decades of experience in collaborating to offer support to an entire household, network or family, so all members can experience the effects of positive change.
Family therapy and systemic practice is a form of therapy that seeks to help individuals, couples or families find solutions to the difficulties they are experiencing. Systemic Family Therapists don’t just work with families; they also work as effectively with individuals. Sytemic Family Therapy is a well-researched, cost-effective and evidenced-based therapy of choice for supporting neurodivergent and neurotypical children, adolescents and adults, in addressing a wide range of difficulties (Carr, 2019a; Carr, 2019b).
Unlike other modalities, Systemic Family Therapy explicitly acknowledges the wholeness of an individual’s life and experiences and draws attention to the relationship between internal and external factors. To paraphrase John Donne’s 17th-century poem, “No one is an Island”. This is a widely understood concept: human beings are relational; from the day we are born, in our unique ways, we all engage with the world and with people, and in turn, they engage with us. Over time, many events occur, and patterns emerge in the way people relate and interact with each other. These patterns can help; but sometimes, for whatever reason, these patterns become stuck and maladaptive. At these times, it is not only one person who experiences difficulties, but also many family members or wider system members.
The therapist’s role is to work collaboratively with individuals, family, friends or other professionals to problem solve, explore new possibilities and find new ways of supporting one another to enjoy better mental health and experience more fulfilling ways of living and relating to each other. There is a deep belief that these solutions are found by working openly together, implementing small strategies and, step-by-step, building on these changes.
Carr, A. (2019a). Family therapy and systemic interventions for child‐focused problems: the current evidence base. Journal of Family Therapy, 41(2), 153 213. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-6427.12226
Carr, A. (2019b). Couple therapy, family therapy and systemic interventions for adult‐ focused problems: the current evidence base. Journal of Family Therapy, 41(4), 492–536. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-6427.12225