What is Systemic Therapy?

Systemic therapy is a family approach to therapy where people are seen in context of their close relationships rather than on an individual level. Systemic therapists work with families and those in close relationships to foster change, seeing close relationships as a resource within this therapeutic process. In Systemic Therapy, relationships and dynamics of interaction are at the heart of the therapy. Systemic therapy can allow families the space to talk about topics which could otherwise be kept hidden or unspoken.

How does Systemic Therapy work?

Systemic therapists aim to make people safe and able to share with each other. The Systemic Therapist will not take sides or blame; instead they will engage people in hearing and understanding each other’s views and explore ways of moving forward in a way that works for each individual family. Sessions which include children and young people will often include activities such as drawing or playing. Some families request time alone to meet individually before meeting as a family – the Systemic therapist will be flexible and discuss with you how you would like to work together. The Systemic therapist will work with you to think if/how you would like to then share your thoughts and feelings with your family in a family group session.

Who is Systemic Therapy suitable for?

Systemic Therapy can help children, young people and adults with a range of difficulties including relationship difficulties, child and adolescent mental health difficulties, parenting issues, separation or divorce, self-harm, eating disorders and many more.

How many sessions will I have?

Sessions last anything from 60-90 minutes. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to help people free up their strengths and find ways forward. Sometimes difficulties are more complex and families may need longer to find solutions that work for them. Your Systemic Therapist will be happy to discuss timings and timescales with you.

Counsellors who offer Systemic Therapy at Southside Counselling;