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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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 ,

No matter where we come from, all family systems are complex. Our original families play a big part in our current families. Or maybe we are having a hard time creating the partnership or family we want now because of what we have been through in life. Exploring the historical components that impact our relationships is key to increasing our healthy functioning.

— Tracy Bryce Farmer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I am also trained in Family Systems and use this approach to help clients deal with family issues/concerns by helping them understand their roles in their families and learn how these roles affect the way they treat each other and experience the outside world.

— Camille Matthews, Therapist in Colleyville, TX

The early years in which we are developing physically and emotionally are some of the most important years of our life. Because we usually spend this time with our families, family systems have a big effect on our future lives. Family systems work can happen with individual people processing their family of origin, with people in relationships with different family histories which are influencing their present actions, and with families who come to therapy together.

— Renya NeoNorton, Marriage & Family Therapist

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

Family systems therapy, the family works individually and together to resolve a problem that directly affects one or more family members. I've been working with family systems therapy since 2016 when made aware of the benefits at the University of Southern California (USC).

— Eric Hall, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fayetteville, NC

A family is a system and when one person takes an action, another person within that family or even a couple dynamic will do something different too. We spend a lot of time in sessions talking about creating new patterns. We call them creating new circles in our couples therapy. I have heard so many families/couples repeating those yet hoping something changes. Let's break the old patterns! I AM A SOLUTION FOCUSED TALK THERAPIST and nobody works like I do.

— Larry Baumgartner, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Burnsville, MN

Family systems acknowledges that all of us, as well as our issues, are usually involved in a systems that in one way or another involve others. The basic principle of FS is the belief that one small change in the system, can change the whole system even if that system is just within yourself or own world. This is important because it capitalizes on progress through small steps of momentum and progress, not perfection.

— Christian Hill, Licensed Professional Counselor in Frisco, TX

There are many different parts of you that protect you, that manage internal crises, and carry the emotional damage of our past traumas. I work with you to understand your full self, create an appreciation for yourself, and work to give yourself permission to be your true self.

— Stephanie Townsend, Licensed Master of Social Work in Marietta, GA

Family Systems Therapy examines family dynamics, roles, and communication patterns to address conflicts and promote healthier relationships. By exploring our family background, it fosters understanding and facilitates positive changes as we move forward. This approach emphasizes differentiation, self-awareness, and effective communication skills. Through collaboration and healing unresolved issues, Family Systems Therapy helps us understand the why and helps us as we move forward.

— Marnie Boyd, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

I enjoy helping clients process how they impact and are impacted by systems. Spanning ancestral, societal, interpersonal and intrapersonal contexts, we can discuss how you relate. I acknowledge that compassionate relationships to the whole comes with building capacity for accountability, boundaries and acknowledgement of power differentials.

— Maya Mineoi, Mental Health Practitioner in St. Paul, MN

Family Systems therapy looks at how each individual is connected to their family, community, culture and spirituality. People are wonderfully complicated and how you end up as you is a combination of many things, relationships and events that have happened throughout your life. True healing can begin when all these parts of you are looked at and healed through love, compassion, understanding and setting healthy boundaries.

— Rachel Boyle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Henderson, NV

I examine individual and relational problems through a systemic lens, meaning that I consider the impact of family, environment, and social context on development and present-day functioning. My concentration in graduate school was Children, Youth, and Families, with coursework in Family Systems Theory and Family Systems Interventions.

— Kimberly Jackson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

I received specific training in understanding how each member can impact a family system and have worked on balancing out a system in the best interest of each family member.

— Martin Avellaneda, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

As a marriage and family therapist my primary training and expertise is in family systems and working with relationship dynamics.

— Alana Ogilvie, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR