I am a family and systemic psychotherapist. I work with individuals, couples and families on a wide range of difficulties and have worked in a number of different public sector settings.
Family and systemic psychotherapy is an inclusive and collaborative approach to therapy. Primarily, it is an approach that promotes respect for every individual’s experiences, needs and opinions, whether you come to therapy individually or as a couple or family.
My clients know me for my warmth, whether we are talking about something positive, painful or difficult, and the sense that whatever they say, I appreciate their humanity and their intentions.
My clients tell me I create a space where they feel valued, particularly in the parts of them that have felt undervalued, or even shameful. They tell me I create a space where they begin to be able to say what has previously remained unsaid and tell a new, more hopeful story.
I draw on various approaches in my work as well as systemic therapy, particularly also compassion-focused therapy and mindfulness.
What to expect
The work could take any number of forms, because I adapt my work to the needs, preferences, diverse family forms and cultural makeup of those who come for therapy. It‘s very much about working ‘with’, not ‘on’ people.
That said, it would tend to involve enabling people to explore, together or individually, difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Family and systemic psychotherapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression, chronic illness, severe psychiatric conditions and couple distress. In childhood, it is effective in response to various mood and conduct disorders, as well as eating disorders.
Please see https://www.aft.org.uk/consider/view/consider.html for more information on family and systemic psychotherapy and the difficulties that are helped by it.