If the family were a boat, it would be a canoe that makes no progress unless everyone paddles.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
FAMILY SYSTEMS THEORY
Systems theory is the multidisciplinary study of systems to investigate phenomena from a holistic approach. Family Systems Theory is just that, a study of the family's relationships and interactions to assess root causes and provide treatment options for the family to heal. Providers who adhere to systems thinking, or the systemic perspective, believe it is impossible to truly understand a phenomenon by breaking it up into its basic components as a compartmentalized problem of its own. We believe, rather, that a global perspective is necessary for comprehending the entire phenomenon. Using that principle we assess and intervene to alleviate and eliminate struggles. We believe this creates the emotional and psychological well-being of a family member or couple. There are many different variations of family systems therapy and interesting interventions within family systems theory. Clinicians generally use an eclectic variety of those different theories and integrate many ideas from our wide array of proven methods to best determine the treatment that fits you and your family.
WHAT IS A MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST?
A Marriage and Family Therapist is more than just a mental health clinician that specializes in family and couples treatment. We are a band of professionals who, at the core, believe in the non-pathologizing philosophy that what ails people who suffer from emotional symptoms are the dynamics in their relationships. This includes the impact of childhood trauma, dysfunctional, non-productive patterns of behavior and beliefs, and ongoing chaotic structure in the family. Healing is sought through a shift in your relationship system and a shift in your understanding of your role in that system. We work in this capacity whether we are working with you individually, as a couple or with your entire family. Family systems theory and treatment get to the root of the challenges, rather than treating the symptom alone, which is a more holistic and comprehensive path to wellness.
"Only the family, society's smallest unit, can change and yet maintain enough continuity to rear children who will not be "strangers in a strange land" who will be rooted firmly enough to grow and adapt"
- Salvidor Minuchin