WHAT IS SYSTEMIC PRACTICE
Having a child with social communication difficulties 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.'
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.
Hypothesising - looking at the bigger picture of family life and hypothesising how the child's difficulties affects the family's relationships.
Circularity - to invite dialogue and encourage reflexivity via discussions and questions:
by creating opportunities for the family to express each other openly
by creating a therapeutic relationship to identify and raise issues