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Family Systems Therapy

mother and daughter smilingOne of the many therapeutic approaches we utilize here at Wind of Change Recovery is family systems therapy. Through family systems therapy, we consider the larger picture of every young adult woman we work with. We consider family and peer relationships, authority relationships, relationships to God, and relationships to self to better determine your daughter’s particular needs. Here is a more in-depth look at how family systems therapy works to help treat and strengthen at-risk teen girls. What is family systems therapy? Family systems therapy centers around the idea that an individual is inseparable from their network of relationships. While individual therapy is essential for improving the inner psyche, family systems therapy considers the larger picture and addresses how the structure and behavior of the broader relationship system might be influencing psychological health. How does family systems therapy work? There are a variety of ways that family systems therapy can be incorporated into a well-rounded treatment program for at-risk young adult women. Here at Wind of Change Recovery, we examine the broader network of relationships surrounding every young woman. This includes not only family relationships but also relationships with peers, God, and self. This helps us determine what each young woman we work with needs in terms of healing. We also use Family IQ to help pinpoint behavioral patterns within the family, improve communication methods, and strengthen overall family relationships. We also hold regularly scheduled telephone conferences, thus involving the entire family in your daughter’s treatment. What makes family systems therapy an effective therapeutic approach? It is important to understand the issues that your daughter is struggling with are not isolated issues. Whether your daughter is struggling with depression, trauma, anxiety, divorce issues, self-esteem issues, an eating disorder, or sexual trauma, she is not the only one who needs healing. Her family needs healing as well. Moreover, it is important to address issues within the family, such as imbalanced relationships or poor communication, as needed to promote stronger, more well-rounded healing.