My Approach

Systemic psychotherapy can be helpful for individuals, couples and families who want to focus on their relationships and interactions. The approach is collaborative in deciding together with you what the difficulties are and how we will know when they are resolved. There is an emphasis on different points of view as a route towards the change that you want. Emotional difficulties are seen as arising in the context of the events and circumstances in your life rather than something being "wrong" with you.

About Me

I offer systemic psychotherapy in order to address individual problems by considering the relevance of family relationships and the wider social and economic context. I undertake therapeutic work with families, couples , or individuals. I aim to work collaboratively with clients and together we can decide whether individual, couple or family therapy would be most appropriate, how often the sessions should be, and whether to aim for short term focused work or longer term more exploratory work. I can offer an initial consultation to clarify the issues, to plan a constructive way forward and to see if my approach is the most appropriate. I think it is important for therapy to respect different values, beliefs and ideas and to recognise that families vary widely in terms of family structure, ethnicity and culture. Family members are a powerful resource for change and including them in sessions can often lead to recognition of options not previously considered and to the use of untapped strengths and resources. Family sessions provide an opportunity to talk together when there is little time to do this at home and may allow difficult thoughts, feelings and interactions to be more comfortably and fruitfully explored with an intermediary, leading to better understanding, changing unhelpful patterns into helpful ones and ultimately better ways of getting along together. I have had wide ranging experience since 1981 in the NHS, Social Services and the independent sector with children, adolescents and adults seeking help with a range of emotional, relationship, psychological and psychiatric difficulties.
I have completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance.

I work with

  • Children and young people
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Depression can be seen as arising in the context of the person's relationships and life events and circumstances, which can also play a maintaining role in low mood so it is helpful to focus on these contextual factors rather than seeing it as an internal state or an illness.
Gender is an important contextual factor which can influence a person's feelings about themselves and their behaviour and how they live their life, so considering how gender issues may be related to the presenting complaint can lead to profound change.
Mental health issues can often be re-framed as difficulties with life rather than being seen as an illness requiring diagnosis and medication. Systemic therapy is a way of looking at the underlying issues rather than treating the symptoms and can be effective either as the only form of help or as an additional form of help alongside other approaches.
A person's relationships can profoundly affect how they see themselves and so looking at emotional difficulties in the context of the relationships surrounding them can be an important route to positive change.
Systemic supervision is a valuable way of considering client work in relation to one's own experiences and attitudes and considering the meaning of a client's presentation and different ways of understanding this. It is therefore essential in ethical therapeutic practice.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bulimia
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parents
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Supervision
  • Training

Types of sessions

  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy

Office

I am currently only providing therapy by phone or Zoom

United Kingdom

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UKCP College

  • College for Family Couple and Systemic Therapy (CFCST)

Working with Children

For more information about therapy for children and young people, visit our info page.
Lynne Willis

Lynne Willis