Family and Couples Therapy – Constructivist Systems
This humanistic approach is called ‘Systems’ therapy because it works with an interdependent group of people and ‘Constructivist‘ because it explores the different ways each group member constructs reality, based on personal beliefs and experiences. It implies the search for meaning.
Constructivist Systems Therapy analyses the relational structure of a given system, such as a couple, a family, siblings or a work team. The behavioural patterns of the different group members reveal each individual’s function within the system, thereby providing a deep understanding of the the problematic issue’s origin. With this awareness, group members can relate in a more satisfactory way with each other and with the outer world.
When do I work with Constructivist Systems Therapy?:
- Issues at a Systemic level: communicational and relational difficulties due to changes such as the birth of a child, adolescence, death of a family member or precarious labour situation, noncompliance with hierarchical authority and norms, aggressiveness, rebelliousness, low school performance, repetition of previous generations’ behavioural patterns, eating disorders, psychotic symptoms, etc.
- Issues at an Individual level: Problems with self esteem and unsatisfactory behaviours or relationships, which the person cannot solve with other modalities of individual therapy. In these cases the core issue tends to be embedded in family loyalties which keep the person subconsciously bound to the past.