What is Systemic Therapy ?
Systemic Therapy places less emphasis on labelling or diagnosing individuals but more curiosity about how clients are in their social contexts. Although Systemic Therapy often takes form in Couple Therapy or Family Therapy, this approach can also be used with individual clients. The emphasis in on identifying a client’s strengths and resilience and finding solutions based on these. This approach would explore the following:
- How a client perceives themselves and others
- How a client understands their mental health issues and the meanings ascribed to their distress.
- How a client perceives appropriate support and meaningful recovery
This approach is also helpful for clients with learning disabilities and for children who are involved in multiple systems. For example, a child who is displaying challenging behaviour at school or a client with learning disability who may be withdrawn in their supported accommodations. For these individuals, the systems around them play an important part in influencing their mental health. So, if there are emotional difficulties, the client would need to be supported along with others who are involved in their care. For children, this may involve their parents/carers or even schools.