WHAT IS SYSTEMIC PRACTICE
Having a child with social communication differences can add extra challenges to families' interactions and relationships. Working systemically involves working collaboratively to understand each family system, as well as the systems that impact upon them. With this approach, I aspire to help families communicate and identify how to harness existing strength and resources, to benefit both children and parents.
'Families can be very complicated because everyone is unique. Each person thinks and talks about things in a different way, and each person has different ideas, feelings, worries and strengths. All kinds of changes can make family life more stressful […]. Some families find their own ways to manage these changes, and some families find it much harder, for all kinds of reasons.'
Uniqueness - the aim is to ensure that families are supported in the most helpful and constructive way for their specific situation and circumstances:
by creating opportunities for the family to express each other openly
by creating a therapeutic relationship to identify and raise issues
Curiosity - coming from a place of curiosity helps in getting to know a family in a non-judmental and open-minded way. In addition, it forms a space for everyone to feel respected and valued, and express their thoughts and feelings openly and naturally through the flow of the discussions.
To build on existing strengths to improve relationships and behaviours.
To understand each person’s point of view and to plan how to make changes.
To improve relationships and behaviours within the family and better communication between family members.