This model is often used with couples or families, and also brings a richness to working with individuals. It considers problems in their contexts, for example it pays attention to relationships, social and cultural factors. The therapist works by asking questions to identify patterns in the clients’ lives and relationships, to consider where these might come from and what influences them. It is a strength-based approach where the therapist supports clients to build on their existing resources to make changes in their lives and relationships, including developing strategies to cope when things get difficult.
Although I have completed a Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy I no longer work with couples or families as I have chosen to focus on working with individuals. However, my knowledge and experience of this type of work still informs my approach to individual work, for example I will be holding ideas about culture, context and relationships in mind.