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Systemic Therapy

With this therapy format we approach our clients as people in relationship, and explore the nature and patterns of your interactions with one another and how critical change events, either frame-breaking or frame bending, have affected these patterns.

Our central assumption in systemic therapy is that the family or the couple is an interactive unit so that changes in one element of the system necessarily result in changes in other members within the system

The over-arching goal of systemic therapy is to achieve a new balance within the couple or family system after the previous equilibrium of the system has been shattered either by sudden or by gradual change.

Examples of frame-breaking change that shatter the equilibrium of the system include the death or serious injury of a member of the family or of a partner, impending divorce or separation, physical violence, redundancy or bankruptcy.

Examples of frame bending change that gradually erode the equilibrium of the system include discovery of unfaithfulness or betrayal; changes in the frequency or style of sexual relationships, discovery of actual or potential substance misuse; changes in perceptions, expectations and behaviour.

These change events destroy our world as we knew it and plunge us into a new place which is threatening and in which we feel we do not belong.

Systemic Therapy builds and extends the system’s, that is the family’s or the couple’s capability to navigate this unknown world, to master the change event that has brought it about, and to inhabit it as its new home.

Even in cases of couples where the system is on the threshold of break-up, such as impending divorce, separation, our team of psychologists act as mediators to develop the effectiveness of both parties to be equal to the challenges that change has set for them.

The systemic process begins with one or more assessment sessions in which we explore with the family or the couple the nature of the special demands that they must address and the way they have been responding to them.

At the end of these exploratory sessions we give the family or the couple detailed feedback on our findings and set joint therapy goals. We then propose a CBT-based therapy framework that will be most effective in enabling the system to achieve its goals, regain its sense of being a cohesive functional unit in the theatre of its life and to answer effectively the special demands of its world. If, as a family or a couple, you agree to our proposals then our systemic work begins.

We hold once-weekly systemic sessions that last 01½ hours. Every system member participates in every systemic therapy session. Therapy time frame varies between 15-60 sessions, depending upon your needs and requirements.

You, as system members will hold progress review sessions in which you track your gains and plan future sessions. During these review sessions, you may propose to shorten or to extend therapy frames

Chartered Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist