As a systemic psychotherapist, I work with individuals, couples and families, and abide by the Association of Family Therapy’s code of ethics and practice.
I am happy to work with people regardless of their abilities, age, gender, culture and orientation and actively support anti-discriminatory practice.
I work with individuals (adults, children and young people) using a systemic orientated collaborative approach, and can help with a range of difficulties.
I have taught on the Relate Institute MA in Relationship Therapy, and have a lot of experience working with couples who are experiencing relationship difficulties, including separation, divorce or working on major differences and decisions impacting upon the relationship.
Systemic Family Therapy helps people in close relationships help each other. It enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore 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. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.
Research shows Family Therapy is useful for children, young people and adults experiencing a very wide range of difficulties and experiences.
Family Therapy aims to be:
- Inclusive and considerate of the needs of each member of the family and/or other key relationships (systems) in people’s lives
- Recognise and build on peoples’ strengths and relational resources
- Work in partnership ‘with’ families and others, not ‘on’ them
- Sensitive to diverse family forms and relationships, beliefs and cultures
- Enable people to talk, together or individually, often about difficult or distressing issues, in ways that respect their experiences, invite engagement and support recovery.
Research shows family therapy is effective for a range of issues:
- Couple relationship difficulties
- Child and adolescent mental health issues
- Adult mental health issues
- Child, adolescent and adult behaviour difficulties
- Parenting issues
- Illness and disability in the family
- Separation, divorce and step-family life
- Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
- Fostering, adoption, kinship care and the needs of ‘looked after’ children
- Domestic violence and abuse
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- The effects of trauma
Difficulties related to ageing and other life cycle changes