With 25 years of experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist I apply my training
and expertise in Bowen family systems theory to my work with individuals and couples.
When relationships are stressed beyond a persons ability to cope, symptoms develop.
People present in therapy with depression, anxiety, self-destructive behaviors and physical
problems that are exacerbated by chronic relationship tension. Offering an individual, couple
or family a broader view of the problem that goes beyond blaming oneself or the other person
can be helpful and result in improved relationships.
How does Family Systems therapy help with specific symptoms or problems?
A family systems approach views the individual’s problem to be embedded in a relationship
system. This implies that there are two or more people involved in the relationship tension.
Identifying the reciprocal influence people have on one another allows an individual to take
responsibility for their part in the problem. A family systems approach posits that a change in
one person will affect a change in the other family members so that therapy can be effective
when only one person attends. Therefore, couples therapy can involve only one member of
the twosome if the other does not choose to be involved. As the family leaders, it is the adults
who can influence other family members with the skills and knowledge learned in therapy
thereby altering the dynamic between a parent and a child.