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Systemic (Family/Couples) Practice

Systemic (Family/Couples) Practice

Systemic comes from the word system; this includes couples, families, organisations such as schools or the work place, as well as and the wider socio-political system. Systemic practitioners are trained to understand psychological and emotional distress by exploring relationships and communication. This means that they do not locate problems in the individual, but rather within the relationship and the system as a whole. They make hypotheses about the ways in which people communicate and interact with each other and how this may cause and maintain relational difficulties, leading to feeling stuck and emotionally distressed. These hypotheses are then explored together collaboratively.

Many couples and families (with or without children) come to systemic therapy because they may experience intimacy/sexual difficulties, infidelity, infertility, divorce, parenting struggles, mental illness within the family, behavioural and emotional difficulties with children, family illness or bereavement and many other external realities such as financial worries, school-based worries, employment issues and discrimination.

In addition to working collaboratively systemic practitioners work with strength-based models and believe that with some guidance families often find the solutions to their own difficulties.


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