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What is Family Systems Therapy?

The Family Systems approach to therapy proposes that people are best understood as members of a complex social system (family, significant others, friends, colleagues, etc.) rather than as isolated individuals.  Just as a mechanic would investigate the computer system of a car to diagnose problems, family systems therapists consider a client’s issues as symptoms of a problem within their wider social and family network.  As therapists help clients become aware of their role in an interconnected system, it shifts the blame away from others and toward self-responsibility, leading to improved relationships, reduced emotional pain, and a more satisfying life.