About Family Therapy

Systemic Approaches and Practice

A systemic approach considers that individuals cannot be understood in isolation from the contexts in which they are part of. As such, the approach pays particular attention to significant relationships, culture and the belief systems that give meaning to a person’s actions. It is a thought-provoking approach and has a focus on building strengths to facilitate helpful changes. Above all, it is a respectful, nurturing and appreciative approach.

Systemic approaches draw from communication and relational theories to develop an understanding of patterns of interactions and how systems work. A system can be any group of people that are interconnected such as families, working teams, members of a community, school, etc. Professionals trained as family and systemic psychotherapists are able to work in many different contexts. They often work in therapy services but are also skilled in working with groups, teams and with management structures in organisations.