Family Systems Therapy
Families are inherently complex. Family systems therapy acknowledges this complexity and aims to help us resolve issues or problems within the context of our family units.
What is the aim of family systems therapy?
This form of psychotherapy sheds light on family dynamics and gives us an understanding of how our actions affect the other members of our unit and our family as a whole. By acknowledging families as a dynamic unit, we come to the realisation that what happens to one individual within the unit affects everyone involved, creating a sense of accountability but also of understanding. Family members explore their individual roles but also learn how to switch roles, fostering a strong sense of empathy.
Family systems therapy can be useful to address issues within a family such as:
- Personality disorders
- Food related disorders
- Low self esteem
- Unhealthy communication patterns
- Lack of boundary setting
To read more about family systems therapy, we recommend reading Family Ties that Bind by Dr Ronald Richardson.