Systemic Family Therapy

“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated. communication is open and rules are flexible”

Virginia Satir

What is it
Systemic family therapy is a specific form of psychotherapy for a family or a part of a family.
Family life is precious and not easy, especially in an era of indivuality.
Life events can cause stress and anxiety. Generation gaps and the transitions inbetween letting go and looking after each other but also educational, work and health related problems can be very challenging for families.
Such stress and anxiety can lead to negative thought- and behavioural patterns where family members lose the art of their attunement being able to empathise, hear and learn from each other. Parents can feel as if they have lost their influence on their children who in turn feel that they can get nothing right in their parent’s eyes and long for independance and differentiation.

The main aim of family therapy is the strengthening of the familie’s attunement on emotional and practical levels. On the one hand the therapy process will examine and define (unstated) individual or shared feelings and on the other hand the therapy will focus on changes in  the family member’s interactions, the different perspectives on their problems , possibilities and beliefs.

  • Parents want to be on the same wavelength in their parenting.
  • The family wish for a better attunement with each other on a practical or emotional level.
  • Parents wish to understand and communicate with their children in their adolescence.
  • Processing trauma’s , bereavement or family disagreements together.
  • Parenting together after a divorce.
  • Living in blended families.
  • Understanding and finding new coping styles instead of aggression or withdrawal. see New Authority
  • Parents want a better attachment with their children. Zie New Authority

What we will do
During the introductory visit the family and therapist will asses the situation and if  all agree that therapy  could be  an effective solution, therapy sessions can de scheduled.
The first couple of sessions will be used for a family assessment. This will help the therapist and family to understand and recognise the problems in the interactions and perceptions. A treatment plan will be set up and the therapy can be scheduled.

During the therapy process there will be regular evaluations and if necessary adjustments in wishes or aims can be made.