Systemic Family Therapy
We all are social human beings. We exist in relationships with various people in various context. It’s proven that relating to each other has a vital impact on our well-being. Therefore, problems in relationships can cause significant distress for individual, couples and families. In the same way, an individual’s problem can cause significant distress for the relationships with other people and family members.
Systemic family therapy focuses on relationships, their pattern and the context. That means that, in most cases, there is impossible to pinpoint one individual who would be to blame or one individual who would have to take all the responsibility for existing concern/ problem. Since every involved party has an influence on how relationships evolve and how they are maintained. During family therapy, every individual’s voice is important in order to build more satisfying and full-filling relationships.
Finding personal and relationships strengths are vital during family therapy. At times families and couples simply get stuck and need a bit of assistance to tackle their concern/ problem.
Dr Alge Suliakaite – Grant
A highly qualified and experienced therapist with 10+ years’ experience working in the Psychotherapeutic industry. She has a Ph.D. in Family Therapy, a Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the Association for Family Therapy (AFT) as well as a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
With a therapeutic approach which is always strengths-based; believing people and situations are deeply interconnected, and this is the way in which she will approach all of her work with my clients.
Dr Suliakaite – Grant really takes the time to get to know her clients so that she can offer tailored solutions to their issues.
We are here to help you.
Family therapy sessions usually are short term, about 12 sessions. Sessions are 50 minutes long.
Face – to – Face
With Dr Alge Suliakaite – Grant
Systemic and Family Therapist
With Dr Alge Suliakaite – Grant
Systemic and Family Therapist
There is not much question that when a family is healthy and happy, all seems right in the world. People experience their greatest joys within the confines of a stable and healthy family relationship.
But not all families are stable, healthy, and happy all the time. The stresses of modern life, the need for better work-life balance, a family crisis of one kind or another or mental health challenges for one or more family members can bring a family to its knees at any time.
Children with disabilities, financial stresses, behavioural challenges, and just the ages and stages of different children can create challenges that may require some help to resolve.
Many families have some built-in resiliency to many of these problems. But even the best families can feel a need for help beyond the family’s own resources.
Deciding if marriage and family therapy is right for a family can be a big decision. While it may feel initially like admitting defeat or failure, in reality choosing family counselling can be a big step forward. Think of family counselling as adding some tools to your family’s relationship toolbox. You can learn new ways to communicate, to work through problems, to discipline, and to relate to one another.
When to Seek Help
If your family is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it may be time to consider engaging the services of a qualified professional marriage and family therapist.
Family members have difficulty functioning in their normal capacity. Do you feel an “energy drain” in your family? Things that used to be routine and normal are now burdensome?
Family members tend to have extreme emotional reactions. Do members of your family exhibit excessive anger, fear, sadness, depression or other emotional reactions?
There is a significant breakdown in communication between family members. Do you find it harder to communicate than usual? Are you experiencing the “silent treatment” more often than usual?
Family members are withdrawing from family life. Is there a new pattern of one or more family members going into seclusion?
There are symptoms of violence or the threat of violence to oneself or other family members. Beyond normal “horseplay,” do you feel that violence is a problem? Is there a behaviour that would be considered “assault” if it weren’t between family members?
Family members express feelings of helplessness or hopelessness. Do you feel that you have reached the end of your rope? Is coping with the stresses just too much to bear? Do you wonder if your family will ever recover?
There have been changes in children’s behaviour at home or at school. Are grades taking a nosedive? What about attendance problems or disruptive behaviour at school? Is one of the children out of control at home?
The family has had a traumatic experience and members are having a hard time coping. Has there been a death in the family? A divorce or separation? An affair discovered? Is the family having difficulty adjusting to the new reality?
Family members have substance abuse problems. Are there challenges with alcohol or drug use? Is there a family member with an eating disorder?
Once you decide the time is right for family counselling, families have the daunting task of finding and selecting the right therapist for them.
Here are some things to consider when choosing a family counsellor.
How well does your insurance cover family therapy? Mental health services are now covered by health insurance, but family therapy is not always considered mental health care. Check with your employer to see if some local marriage and family therapists are covered under your health insurance benefit.
Identifying those therapists that participate in your health insurance plan can take a big part of the financial stress out of making a decision to seek professional help.
What about an Employee Assistance Program? Many employers offer an Employee Assistance Program for their employees. The EAP can be a good place to start finding therapy options. Most EAP’s follow an “assess and refer” model that will connect you with a therapist that will work for your family. And the service is usually free or has a very small co-payment.