Systemic therapists work with families, couples and individual adults, young people and children – anyone in relationships with others.
Therapy can be with any group of people and can be with different members of a family or group. We work with family members who want to support others. There are also many individuals who have found systemic therapy helpful when they want to understand or improve their relationships with other family members or when there have been experiences they would like to explore and understand.
Research shows that Family Therapy can be helpful in a wide range of situations and life challenges. These include challenges from mental and physical health diagnoses; separation, loss and bereavement; trauma; substance abuse; eating disorder; adjustment to major life events; ASD and ADHD diagnosis; communication difficulties; parenting; step-parenting; and estrangement from family. Many families value support with improving communication with loved ones or with building closer relationships. Family therapy helps family members to work together when something is hurting, difficult or feels overwhelming or when it is difficult to change harmful behavior.
Family Therapists focus on exploring your and others’ thoughts, beliefs and views so that we all develop a shared understanding of the situation. We then work with you to identify the changes you hope for and an agreed plan for sessions. It is important for us to build on strengths and to provide a safe and contained space for everyone, which is respectful and focused on you and your needs. We use talking and other creative ways of communicating depending on what is most helpful.
The Edinburgh Practice offers therapy from two qualified Family and Systemic Therapists, Magi Mitchell and Lynne Spiteri. One therapist will meet with you initially to explore the issue and together we will agree a plan for our work.
There are times when it is valuable for you to have two therapists jointly working with you, particularly when a number of people are coming for therapy or when two clinicians would be helpful for you. This is an option that can be considered when we meet to discuss the issues you are seeking help with.
We look forward to meeting you.
Magi Mitchell and Lynne Spiteri
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