Family Systems

Family systems therapy is a therapeutic technique that thinks about the family as a single, emotional unit. Each action and family member affects the others. Family systems therapy focuses on families and couples in intimate relationships with a goal of nurturing change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health. A professional trained in this technique will work on understanding the relationships within a family, and create a family history that will be the foundation for how current behaviors are viewed. No individual can be understood in isolation from the others in the familial unit. Issues shared among family members, such as substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and schizophrenia are good candidates for a family systems approach. Think this approach might work for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s family systems specialists today.

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In my post-graduate work, I obtained a Couple and Family Therapy certificate. This education helps me to understand how our family can shape us and our reactions. Looking at the past for answers to now is a part of how I practice.

— Angie Gutekunst, Licensed Professional Counselor in Bethlehem, PA

Bowen Family Systems Theory is concentrated on eight prominent theoretical concepts: Multi-Generational Transmission Process, Nuclear Family Emotional Process, Family Projection Process, Emotional Cutoff, Sibling Position, Triangulation, Differentiation of Self, and Societal Emotional Transmission Process. I use these concepts as the overarching principles in my approach to uncovering patterns that bind anxiety and relational issues.

— Federico Mendez, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Worth, TX
 

The family systems approach, which I operate from, takes into account the various contexts (e.g. family, school, etc.) that each of us interacts with to offer a better understanding of identities, behaviors, and decisions. Looking at yourself through the lens of the contexts you are a part of can offer you understanding and empathy, key parts of acceptance, which can lead to change.

— Tera Buerkle, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Lexington, KY

John Dunne wrote that no man is an island. And while I bristle that women aren't mentioned the quote, I firmly believe it's true about our mental health. We create systems with the people we interact with...their behavior influences ours...which influences theirs. Together, we can make changes in the system, reduce conflict, and increase happiness.

— LAKink Shrink, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , CA
 

While families can offer unique understanding and support, they can also be a source of stress and suffering. Some changes can increase stress and impact a family’s relationship quality and in turn, members' mental health. These changes may include moves, illness, loss, or life transitions. A family approach to treatment can help you and your family improve your understanding of each other, build empathy, establish and maintain important boundaries, and strengthen your relationships.

— Thai Alonso, Psychologist in Watchung, NJ

By using evidence-based approaches like The Gottman Method and Bowen Family Systems, I can help you create new ways of relating to one another. You’ll learn to reduce conflict, improve communication, and rebuild. You’ll reconnect. At the end of each session, my goal is for you to leave with something concrete to apply daily. It might be something new to try or think about, something to read, or a new tool to begin using. These small steps will add up to the big changes you need to repair, reb

— Darrin Pfannenstiel, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Dallas, TX
 

As one of the founders of family systems theory states, "That which is created in a relationship, can be fixed in a relationship." I view problems within a systemic lens and work to resolve issues by focusing on improving the relationships within that family unit.

— Rachelle Dudley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA

Family systems is extremely important work. I help you look at your family as a whole unit. By doing so, we can learn what areas need work and healing.

— Lindsey King, Counselor in Philadelphia, PA
 

I have a degree in Family Therapy where with extensive training in family systems.

— LaShandra Shepard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

Family therapy can be extremely beneficial if communication is out of sync in your system. The goal of family therapy is to help create better understanding, improve communication, and foster a higher functioning home environment. Utilizing a systemic lens I view what's going on in your family as a whole system rather than it's individual parts. We collaborate to figure out how get your system working in a way that is healthy for you and your whole family.

— Jessamy Whitsitt, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

I work with families as a whole. I have experience with step family, adoptive family, and non-traditional family scenarios.

— Megan Johnston, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Gainesville, FL

I am trained in family systems (Bowenian) approaches to therapy. By examining the patterns within the family and across generations, we can bring insight into behaviors that may be holding us back. This approach is especially useful in communities of color given our desire to maintain strong multi-generational kinship networks.

— Eldridge Greer, Clinical Psychologist in Denver, CO
 

Family Systems is a therapy approach that recognizes generational influences of family functioning on the individual's current behaviors & patterns, such as the management of anxiety or anger, and helps clients to see how their current problems may be rooted in previous generational patterns of relating that they experienced in their family of origin. This approach helps the client recognize, unpack and change any unhealthy patterns that are contributing to current difficulties.

— Linda L Vance, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Understanding family patterns can help us understand how we got to where we are today. Along with attachment theory, I use family systems to help clients build a picture of their past so they understand who they are in their relationships today, and can make choices about how they want to grow in relation to themselves and others.

— Brandie Sellers, Licensed Professional Counselor in McKinney, TX
 

Many of our issues come from our family of origin; therefore, I help you process, analyze, and connect how our relationships with our family and ourselves impact us. I use Functional Family Therapy (FFT) concepts and approach that allows me to work with family members in addressing repetitive cycles that impact family relationships. My goal when working with families is to find solutions and openly talk about the cycles that continue to create issues within family members.

— Julio Garibay, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gardena, CA

While families can offer unique understanding and support, they can also be a source of stress and suffering. Some changes can increase stress and impact a family's relationship quality and in turn, individual members' mental health. These changes include: moves, illness, loss, or life transitions. A family approach to treatment can help you and your family improve your understanding of each other, build empathy, establish and maintain important boundaries, and strengthen your relationships.

— Thai Alonso, Psychologist in Watchung, NJ
 

As a marriage and family therapist, I was trained to see symptoms not only in relation to the individual, but also within the context surrounding the individual. Our family, school, work, neighborhood, community, and even cultural attitudes all have an impact on the individual and my work takes into account all of these factors.

— Jacqueline 'Jackie' Abeling, Marriage & Family Therapist in ,

I have always strived to bring family members into the healing process, when appropriate, to ensure everyone is doing their part to help healing take place. Everyone is a part of many different systems, whether that be school, work, your social circle, ethnic groups, family, etc. All these systems come together to impact us, and ensuring we address and have awareness of these can help up figure out what we have control over and what we don't.

— Devan Briggs, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ