Family systems theory is a therapeutic philosophy based on the belief that people cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as a part of their family. Family systems theory looks at each family as unique and evolving. A family systems approach to therapy always considers the entire family. If any member of the family has a problem, it is viewed as a symptom of as issue in the family group. Family systems therapy helps families to identify the ways their own family functions and to focus on and develop their strengths as a whole.
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I have completed a specialty Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy which means that my training is in psychotherapy and family systems. My focus is not just on one person, but rather all the relationships in which that person is a part of. I am concerned. I am trained in Functional Family Therapy (FFT) an evidenced based family based approach working with at-risk youth and their family.
Using a holistic approach, I work collaboratively with your child/adolescent & family as we look at the relationships between emotions, thoughts, behaviors, & life events. My aim is to support & help your child find the tools that work best for them as they identify their sense of self, discover their own personal coping skills and learn new ways to express their emotions in a safe & healthy way.
My entire Master\'s coursework was from a Family Systems orientation.
Family systems sees your presented marital, family or even child\'s problems as the outgrowth of the underlying relationship dynamics. This is illuminating because family systems avoids blaming or diagnosing any one person as THE problem. As you’re probably well aware of, there’s already too much blaming already going in the first place.
Being a part of a family can be joyful, painful and sometimes harmful. We all have family, we all have family issues. Learning how to navigate your relationship to your family system is a rewarding experience. Whether you are experiencing a need for differentiation, conflict, harmful behavior, or ongoing tension I would be happy to work with you.
I have worked as a family therapist at a local addiction treatment agency, and many of the families I have worked with reported reduced tension, improved communication, and greater relationship satisfaction as a result of family therapy.
Families are a complex microcosm in which every member is important, and an individual’s actions affects the whole. Although there may be one family member that expresses the symptoms, it affects the whole family, and it takes the whole family to change and restructure their patterns to help that family member improve. I will guide you on this journey in an active and supportive way.
For over 100 years the field of Psychology has made the patient/client feel like they were the problem. What would it mean if you realized that the role you took on as a child is still impacting you today. Many people do not realize that when it comes to family dynamics we actually had few choices in how to act or be. By examining your family system we can discover the authentic you.
As a marriage and family therapist my primary training and expertise is in family systems and working with relationship dynamics.
Family Systems and its holistic perspective where members’ interaction and behavior influence each other speaks to my view of people being situated in complex layers of roles and environments within which they interact and adapt with their particular strengths.
As a family systems therapist I see all problems and challenges in the context of the bigger picture. My graduate work and professional practice for the past seven years has focused on how the systems we are involved in (family, work, environment, historical time, etc) often can create, encourage and sustain our healing.
I work systemically with couples and individuals by helping clients become aware of the influences (family, society, etc.) on their particular reactions, behaviors and feelings. I also encourage differentiation (developing a stronger sense of self and defining needs and wants) and help clients to respect themselves and others in relationships.
Understanding the individual is part of a system in their families, relationships, social networks and workplace enables them to understand the changes they need to make, and how to make those changes in the context of the systems they experience.
When we look into your family system we are given the information that created your world view. You learned to be you - from your family of origin. This helps us find where the glitches may have been & then we can work on healing.
Family shapes who you become. Each generation influences the next. Family Systems Therapy offers an opportunity to rediscover the healing benefits of being in healthy contact with the people we love. I provide a safe space for mindfully interacting person to person, creating the structure for new growth to occur. I am adept at bringing a family together through humor, creativity, and openness
We are all shaped by the context of our families of origin. As we identify patterns from our families, we have the opportunity to make different choices in our lives now. I find this to be some of the most exciting and fruitful work I engage in as a therapist and therefore I have worked for years with a mentor to explore this approach in depth.
Relationships are all about connections. Family systems simply means that we are looking at the ways that these relationship connections create patterns. We are all influenced and influencing others and these interpersonal connections create systems that impact our daily lives. It is vital to examine and explore these systemic connections for optimal living.
We learn how to act and behave within our family system. Exploring those learned rules can illuminate why we do what we do today.
Each person in a family impacts each other. Family Therapy is not only for people with small children. I specialize in helping adult members of families to improve their communication and resolve conflicts. The goal is to teach family members skills to work through their long standing dysfunctional patterns, to deepen their family connections.
The way we are perceived by our family members is the mirror in which we see ourselves. Individuals cannot be understood in isolation from one another, but rather as a part of their family, as the family is an emotional unit. Families are systems of interconnected and interdependent individuals, none of whom can be understood in isolation from the system.
People that surrounded us during our childhood and youth influence our perceptions and relationships. I think of the current challenges a person faces within a framework of their past in order to help them consider different ways to be in the present.
I have worked with family systems for the past six years and have a strong background in family systems work, as I come from a social work program that places a high value on understanding the family system in order to treat the individual.
The family system includes more than just parents and children--our family system is our friends, our extended family, and our community. In family systems therapy, the therapist considers the roles and patterns of the client, in relation to his or her family. Family systems therapy is mostly commonly used with children and teens, since the family has the most influence on these age groups.
I believe we all have many parts of ourselves that are trying to promote our growth, even when they cause great pain; kind of like a family. Whether I\'m working with a family or an individual on family or relationship issues, I keep in mind how the family interacts. It can be a life-changing experience when the system we live in changes- both internally and externally.
I believe we are a product of the life experiences that our family create for us. Looking at the whole system can bring deeper understanding to why we are the way we are and open understanding which can lead to change.
Family Systems forms the foundation of my therapeutic approach. Family Systems is relevant even if you are attending therapy as an individual, because it means I am considering how your systems have impacted your development.
Whether it is the family you were born into or the family you chose to create, we are impacted and impacting everyone that we hold dear to our hearts. I think great change can occur in your life when you include your family in treatment and explore the ways you are connecting and work towards shifting the moments of hurt and disconnection.
We all have a family and that family can be the source of great joy... and great frustration. Understanding how to build successful family relationships is a struggle for most of us. My training is specifically in family systems counseling from Bastyr University and my ongoing training and professional growth is always related to better understanding family systems.
Ruth has primarily worked with children and families in clinical social work practice in Children's Hospitals across the country for five years. She understands that defining the unique role family systems play gets us closer to understanding how the individual can take control of their behavior within the family system.
I was privileged to attend JFK University in California to earn my M.A. in Clinical Psychology, which provided a rigorous, broad based curriculum in personal and psychological development. The program was strong on family systems theory, which underpins work with individuals and couples. We all come from families, often repeat our history, informing us as to who we are and how we can change.
No human is an island wrote poet John Donne. Family systems uses that concept, knowing we are all affected by the patterns and cultures of our family of origin. Often my clients discover family ways of being that no longer serve them and their current life. We work to explore this discovery and how to change without guilt and shame. We work to handle current difficult family of origin issues.
We will utilize Family Systems approach in order to identify patterns of interactions and work to implement new, more helpful ways of communicating and interacting.
Family systems can be tangled webs. Understanding all the dynamics and how they impact each individual within the family takes time and empathy from everyone involved. Over time building patterns of communication that will foster relationships and build connection will allow all family members to feel heard, understood, and part of the greater whole.
My background from school, and working has been in Family Systems. I deal with improving family functioning.
Even when we grow independent, we never really leave behind the shaping influences of family. I help clients consider these influences, and their effects on adult life and relationships. When working with adolescents, I aim to increase connections and communication with family members, often involving them in counseling sessions.
As a therapist with an emphasis in couples and family therapy, I am required to have met extensive training in family systems work. As a requirement of my license I continue to receive ongoing continuing education focused in systems modalities.
In my work with families, I combine my training in Bowen Family Systems and Analytical Psychology to help change the tensions and emotional wounds formed within the family. I make it clear that the family is my client, not the parents, the children, or some outside agency. Setting this boundary is imperative for successful results.
We all exist as a part of our family system and this affects how we relate to other people in our lives based on those core relationships. Family systems therapy is most commonly used with children and teens and it considers the roles and patterns of the youth in relation to their family.
Everyone starts from the same reality: we are impacted by our original family systems. These original relationships play out again and again in our current lives. If we don't like aspects of our original family system we can study them and the patterns they have created. I will empower you to make changes in your relational and professional functioning that will improve your daily life.
None of us stand alone -- we are formed and shaped by the interactions we have within our families. To understand the struggles of the individual, it is important to understand and often include important family relationships. My work with families honors all the different ways that people come together to care and nurture one another!
I utilize a Family Systems approach in working with families. I take this a step further and help families to look at the environments around them as well as the supports in these environments. Working to help families see how their survival in a system impacts how they raise their children and how the choices they make can change the way they live for the better.
No man is an island unto himself. Each person I work with is impacted by the various systems and relationships in their lives. This broad perspective allows me deeper understanding and insight into the challenges and solutions each client brings with them.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist it was required to have extensive training in family systems. When working with a couple, family or individual we explore the personal family structure and create a genogram (a family tree). This often gives insight to the shaping influences of family and help clients consider these influences, and their effects on their current life and relationships.
Though only one family member may be struggling or acting out, the family functions like a clock with many interdependent parts working at once. When we make subtle adjustments throughout the system, we ease the tension, restoring balance to the whole.
Working in home-based mental health for over 10 years has provided me the training and experience to help families resolve conflict. I believe the stories that families and individuals carry with them serve as a blueprint for decision making and patterns throughout life. Changing these patterns is an important part in reaching family and individual goals.