What is Family Therapy?
Family Therapy is an evidence based model which addresses issues that arise in relationships rather than focusing on one persons problem. It has been found to be helpful in treating individuals, couples and families and is a NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommended treatment for a multitude of psychological issues. These might that range from eating disorders, conduct disorders, self harm, depression and autistic spectrum disorders. When an issue can be addressed within the same context that it is experienced, there is more chance that the issue can be better understood, managed and dealt with.
Who needs to come?
This will vary depending on the age of the children, family situation, and the presenting issues. Generally if a young person is involved I will discuss this with the parent(s) prior to coming and decisions about who comes are made together.
The probem is my son/daughter, why do we all need to come?
Family Therapy looks at the patterns and dynamics that exist within relationships in a family rather than in one individual family member. There is strong evidence that suggests that any therapeutic gains achieved by the family as a whole are most likely to continue and be maintained and offer longer term wellbeing.
What sort of issues can you help with?
Family Therapy is effective where there is conflict, tension or unhapiness in a family. It can help families remember their strengths and resources when facing issues, and find more helpful patterns of relating. It is a collaborative approach and offers a number of models, including behavioural models and psycho-educational input. In the spirit of being collaborative, I am able to give advice, guidance and ideas if this is something the family might want. My aim is to create the best fit possible for a families needs rather than fitting a family into one single therapeutic approach.
I am a qualified practitioner in NVR (Non-Violent Resistance) which offers strategies and support for dealing with child to parent violence. NVR helps families to increase parental presence whilst establising parental self care in a variety of ways whilst developing clear boundaries with regards to a child or young persons behaviour.
Can one of us come on our own?
Yes, seeing a single family member can be helpful and effective, although if the issues effect the whole family then it is ideal if everyone can be involved at some point.
Do we need a referral?
No. As this is a private arrangement, no-one else needs to know. However it may be helpful to inform your doctor or school as these may be useful resources to achieving wellbeing. This can be discussed with you.
How many sessions will we need?
This is something that will be discussed with you and will be ongoingly assessed and based on a case by case basis.
Sometimes I am unable to help.
In some cases I may need to refer you on to further services, for example I am not equiped to diagnose any medical or mental health conditions, or offer any psychological assessments. In these instances, I can signpost you accordingly.
My role is to help you see ways of changing relationship patterns, to identify previously attempted solutions and to move through impasses. I am there to support your own discovery of new ways of doing things rather than tell you which routes to follow so that you feel empowered to apply your own solutions.
Systemic therapy is characterised by its collaborative, non blaming approach whilst working respectfully and effectively in ways that consider important relationships, past generations, and the different systems and contexts in which we live.
I am a member of The Association of Family Therapists (AFT) www.aft.org.uk
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