We are all experiencing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and we know that many of you will be worried and upset about what it could mean over the coming days and weeks. As always, City Psychology Group (CPG) is here to help and support you.

Many of our clients routinely make use of our equally effective online therapy sessions, so in light of the current situation our team are working very hard to ensure all clients can benefit from continued therapy online. We therefore ask for you to please bear with us during this busy period in order to enable us to continue providing you with the high quality care that we pride ourselves in. You can do this by providing us with as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend a session as demand is currently high.

We wish you well at this uncertain time, and are grateful to all those in other health services elsewhere, who are working selflessly to keep everyone safe.

Be well and there for each other.

Dr Michael Sinclair
CEO, Clinical Director

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Systemic Therapy

What kind of therapy is it?

Systemic therapy is more commonly known as family therapy. It focuses on relationships in families, couples, and workplaces.

What problems can it help with?

Systemic therapy focuses on relationships, and so may be particularly helpful when relationships seem to be central to the problem. Many problems may be influenced by relationships, however, and so may respond to systemic therapy. This is particularly the case for children, as children are so strongly affected by the relationships within their families. Systemic therapy is suitable for all kinds of families and relationships.

How does it work?

Systemic therapists focus on patterns in relationships: roles that people take on or are given; patterns of behaviour; emotional dynamics; and the effect of important past events. Through becoming aware of these and making changes in them, many difficulties in relationships can be eased. 

What will a typical session be like?

Systemic therapy can be as short as one or two sessions, or it can be long-term. Systemic therapists might work with individuals, couples, several family members, whole families, or work teams. They never take sides or blame a member of the “system” (the family, couple, or team) for the problem, but rather look for ways for the members of the system to reach new shared understandings that will improve relationships. When working with children, systemic therapists might use play as a therapeutic technique.

What’s the evidence?

There is extensive evidence for the effectiveness of systemic therapy, and it is recommended by NICE (that body that gives guidelines for treatment to be offered by the NHS) for: alcohol abuse; eating disorders; depression in adults and children; antisocial behaviour in young people; antenatal and postnatal depression; bipolar disorder; diabetes; and psychosis and schizophrenia in adults and young people.

Further reading:
The Association for Family Therapy (PDF)
Amazon: The Intense Experience of Family Therapy Paperback


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