Family Therapy, also referred to as ‘Systemic Therapy’, is an approach that aims to support all family members equally to better understand one another, change unhelpful behaviours and methods of communication, and resolve conflicts and differences between members in a safe and contained environment. It looks to identify each person’s individual strengths, and gradually builds upon these within the context of the family across the duration of therapy.
Family Therapy is a flexible approach that is individualised and adapted to each family. It may include all members of the immediate family, or may focus on working with just a child and adult or couple for example. It may even include other people outside of the traditional family unit, such as school teachers.
Family Therapy can support families or ‘systems’ with a range of difficulties from relationship and family dynamic breakdowns, to the impact of one family member’s mental illness, addiction or challenging behaviour. The therapist will be skilled in remaining neutral, non-blaming, of not taking sides and in facilitating equality within the session to enable every member to have a voice.
At the Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic, our psychologists are highly skilled at delivering Family Therapy for a wide range of difficulties, which will be explored in the initial assessment. The number of sessions required will vary from family to family, and will be discussed following the initial assessment and reviewed regularly throughout therapy. We seek to establish successful partnerships between families and therapist in order to achieve authentic therapeutic relationships and effective outcomes.
If you would like advice or further information about Family Therapy or other treatments, please contact us so that you can feel confident in any decisions you make about your treatment.