What is Family Systemic Psychotherapy?

Systemic therapy seeks to understand an individual's relationships with others, rather than in isolation. It aims to identify unhelpful patterns within an individual's relationships and between family members rather than seeing problems located within an individual. We are all embedded in our unique context; however, it is essential to remember that we are part of a larger unit or system, such as a couple, a family, a community, or society.

During the therapeutic process, I explore clients' views and relationships to better understand the problems they are experiencing. This approach helps family members to communicate better with each other. It can help families to change, develop and resolve conflict.

I provide an initial consultation to help you determine whether my approach is right for you at this time. If not, there is no obligation to take sessions any further. Upon request, I may suggest referrals to other therapists in my network to best meet your needs. My ultimate goal is to support you in finding the best solution for your needs. Please reach out if you are interested in finding out more!

Who is it for?

Family therapy is useful for individuals, couples, youth, children and families from all walks of life who are facing a variety of difficulties and experiences, such as:

  • Families facing challenges such as mental illness, physical illness, bereavement,
    ageing, family conflicts, cultural adjustments, trauma, etc.
  • Families worried about their children’s behaviour.
  • Families and couples who want to build closer and happier relationships.
  • Parents who wish to divorce or separate in a way that focuses on their children’s
    happiness and needs.
  • Any family who would like someone to help them talk openly and about difficult
    things in a safe and useful way.

In addition to addressing a range of problems and health conditions, family therapy is sensitive to diverse family forms, respecting the importance of each person’s beliefs, culture, and life experiences.

It is also considerate of each individual’s needs and problems within a family unit and considers all other vital relationships in people’s lives, making it a useful approach for people of all ages and backgrounds.

What are the benefits?

In family therapy, relationships are known to form a crucial part of each member’s emotional health within that family. This type of therapy can help people find ways of overcoming distress, misunderstanding, or pain affecting their relationships or putting a strain on the family unit.

Family therapists may also work alongside health professionals to address specific conditions such as ADHD, eating disorders, addictions, depression, and any other conditions that may be having a damaging effect on family life. This makes family therapy useful for times of crisis and long-standing problems that are taking their toll on the

Note: Nadir Khan Family & Systemic Psychotherapy service caters to adults and children with mild to moderate mental health problems, including anxiety, depression, psychological trauma, family and marital issues, and social stress. It is not an appropriate service for people with psychotic conditions, acute mental health conditions, or primary drug and alcohol addiction.

Due to the current COVID restrictions, therapy is being conducted via phone and video technology, making it suitable for clients across the United Kingdom and abroad. We hope to reconvene face to face therapy when restrictions are lifted and the risks reduced.

In an emergency, please contact 999 or go to your G.P. Also, if you want to talk to someone any time of day, call the Samaritan’s free phone line on 116 123 (from U.K. mobile or landline)