Systemic Psychotherapy (Family and Marital Therapy)
These are the therapies which aim to develop a change in the transactional pattern of members of a system. These therapies can be used as the generic term for family therapy and marital therapy.
Systemic therapy is a professional and conscious method to understand and cure disorders of the interactional whole of a family and its individual members as family members.
Systemic psychotherapy works with a family's strengths to help family members think about (and try) different ways of behaving with each other (3).
Systemic therapy sees a symptom or problem in one individual as arising from unhealthy interactions within a network of people.
A systemic approach focuses on the ways people build their stories about how they should live their lives and
* the impact of these stories on their patterns of relationship to enable people to make conscious choices in their lives and find solutions;
* the interaction between family members and treats these relationships as an importance influence on the psychological well-being of participants;
* the the interactions which prevent individual growth will change.
Therapists try to find the hidden positive resources in family’s interactional whole. Therapists aim to engage everyone who may be significant in the work, as different perspectives can be important to work towards change.
“Identified patient” is one of the core psychotherapeutic concepts of Family systems theory. The identified patient (IP) who brought the family into treatment. Treatment consists of exploring the network of views and relationships, to throw new light on the problems the family is having. This can help family members discover new and more helpful ways of communicating with each other.
Family therapy is recommended for family aspects of schizophrenia, addiction and eating disorders; interactional and transitional crises in a family’s life cycle, divorce and other family crises, families having adjustment difficulties; problems cross generational boundaries; families deviated from social norms and troubled by societal attitudes; when a child or other family member develops a serious physical illness; mixed racial, cultural, or religious backgrounds of members; as a support of all other psychotherapies and other psychological and psychiatric therapies, treatment in individual therapy is being undermined.
Contraindications for family therapy: Family where one or both family members are suspicious of psychotherapy; having psychosis, antisocial or paranoid personality disorder; might be at risk for an emotional or psychological crisis; cannot participate in treatment sessions because of illness; cannot meet regularly for treatment.
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