Systemic Family Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the improvement of interfamilial relationships and behavioural patterns of the family unit as a whole, as well as among individual members and groupings within the family. (https://dictionary.apa.org/family-therapy) Systems theorists believe that the system (e.g., a family) is made up of complex relationship patterns between its members and between its members and the outside world. These patterns lead to clinically relevant symptoms. For example, symptoms of depression and withdrawal in various family members are viewed as being maintained by the structure, patterns, and beliefs of the family. In turn, the depression and withdrawal permit the family to operate with the least amount of change and the most amount of predictability. (https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2015-03900-009)
During the therapy different patterns within the family system will be explored and analysed, with the goal of figuring out better and healthier ways to communicate, meet people’s needs, and regulate roles and relationships.