Family Therapy

Family Therapy

Resolving conflicts with effective communication is essential in any group setting, especially within a family unit.

Family Therapy

Overcoming conflict within family relationships

Systemic therapy focuses on relationships between a group of people, rather than the thoughts and feelings of the individual. It is often referred to as family therapy but is much broader in scope and can be applied to any group, whether professional or personal where the relationships have become dysfunctional, impacting on the entire system.

Within any system, members communicate and behave based on their beliefs and respective roles. Families are systems where the needs and roles of members shift between dependency in infancy and old age and autonomy in adolescence and adulthood. Our expectations of how family members behave within roles are formed by our own family history and wider culture.

Systemic family therapy has been shown to be effective for:

  • parenting issues
  • work related issues
  • child and adolescent behaviour
  • divorce and separation
  • adult mental health
  • changes in family life
  • anger, anxiety and low mood

Communication difficulties arise when these expectations are fixed but out of step with the practical demands of life. Some voices become dominant as they try to problem-solve immediate challenges, and others unheard as they try to avoid conflict. Over time, identities form as either controlling and resentful or dependent and self-doubting. To feel safe within the family, individuals use strategies such as isolation, stonewalling, ganging up or anger to control the narrative.

Family therapy allows dysfunctional patterns of communication and relationships to be identified within a safe space. Learning new and effective communication and listening skills allows each member to be heard and for each member to understand the perspective of other members. With the support of therapy, the family can air and understand their differences and how these are causing problems. With effective communication, families can move from reactive problem-solving driven by individual needs to thinking about how best to meet the needs of the family.

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“Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.”

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I find Florence excellent as a counsellor as she has a very down to earth attitude and just tells it like it is. I particularly like her no ‘airy fairy’ nonsense approach, her straight talking and no pussy footing about. I feel at ease to say anything at all to her and know I will get a sensible response. I find her style very helpful indeed and found our sessions personally very beneficial.

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