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Systemic Therapy

Overview of Systemic Therapy

Systemic therapy seeks to understand the individual in relationship with others, rather than in isolation. The individual is regarded as part of a larger unit or system, for example, a couple, a family, an organisation or a community.

Systemic therapy seeks to identify deeply entrenched patterns within an individual's relationships and also with family members. The process helps to uncover the ways in which members communicate and behave within a system, based on beliefs about their respective roles.

Who uses it?

Systemic therapy is used by psychotherapists and counsellors.

Clinical Partners trained in this approach include: Alan Bore, Tracy Goodman and Virginia Graham.

To arrange a consultation with one of our systemic therapists please call us on 0203 326 9160.

Why would someone use it?

Systemic therapy focuses on understanding and recognising unhealthy patterns in relationship dynamics so that they can be altered within existing systems, rather than examining the origins of those patterns.

This therapy is not directive, rather individuals learn how to recognise patterns for themselves, with the support of the therapist.

Systemic therapy is used to explore a range of issues, including depression, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, PTSD, eating disorders, body-image issues, relationship issues and low self-esteem.

Strengths of the approach:

Systemic therapy can be used as a short- or long-term treatment, the length of which may be discussed with the therapist.


Systemic therapy does not look at issues from the past. If these need to be explored further, other therapies that include the role of past experiences may be more suitable for you - see Integrative, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytic, Transactional, Trauma Training

You don't need a GP referral to see an expert

Private psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy for adults and children, face-to-face and online nationwide.

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