top of page

Family Systems Therapy

Individual and Family Therapists in San Rafael, CA

What is Family Systems Therapy?

Family systems therapy draws on systems thinking to view the family as an emotional unit.  Systems thinking evaluates the parts of a system in relation to the whole. When applied to families, systems thinking suggests that an individual’s behavior is informed by and inseparable from the functioning of her/his family of origin. Therefore, individual growth occurs by addressing the structure and behavior patterns of the family. Similarly, by changing the behavior of one family member, you influence the way that the family functions over time.


How Does Family Systems Therapy Work?

In Family Systems Therapy, the therapist will work to explore each family member’s perspective of the issue(s) bringing them to therapy. In doing so, the therapist will help family members understand how their behaviors are interconnected, and encourage them to try new ways of interacting in order to break patterns of interaction. The ultimate goal is to relieve tension in the family system and shift towards a more balanced, healthy way of interacting.


What is Family Systems Therapy Used to Treat?

Family Systems Therapy can be an effective approach for:

  • Substance use issues

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Eating disorders

  • Family conflict

  • Child behavioral issues

  • Couples conflict

  • Adjusting to a family changes, such as a divorce, blending families, new sibling, incarceration, or loss


Resolve Issues Together with Family Systems Therapy

If you are interested in learning more about this approach or would like to get started, please contact us today for a free consultation.

bottom of page