Family systems therapy focuses on the family unit as a whole, as well as the individual components that make up a family. Family habits are often ingrained into patterns and form systems that can function (or fail to function) somewhat automatically. Family systems therapy adds a fresh set of eyes and a neutral third party into the mix to help evaluate what is and isn’t working. Family systems theory is founded on the principle that families are emotionally interconnected and thus changes can radiate throughout a family when some part of that dynamic is changed. One goal of family systems therapy is to examine the behaviours and thoughts of different members of the family to find ways to work together to repair and strengthen family unity and happiness. If you’d like to learn more about family systems therapy you can do so here. Learn more about different types of family counselling available at Rivers Edge Counselling Centre here.