Types of Family Therapy: Systemic

Therapy is a great and effective option for many people these days. In some cases, family therapy may be the best course of action for you and your loved ones. It’s important to know that there are different types of family therapy, one of these being systemic therapy. 

Here we’ll take a closer look and dive deeper into what is family therapy is and what systemic family therapy in particular. It’s an evidence-based approach that offers many benefits as well. If you’re interested in participating or exploring it further, contact us at Peaks Recovery for more details and information about Peaks Recovery’s Inpatient Treatment Family Program.

What is Family Therapy? 

An excellent start is learning what family therapy is and why it works. It’s a type of psychotherapy that can help you resolve deep-rooted and complicated issues and improve communication between family members and couples. This type of therapy focuses on the systems and interactions between loved ones. The primary goal is to change, nurture, and develop these intimate relationships. 

What is Systemic Family Therapy? 

One type of family therapy is called systemic therapy. This, in particular, is based on the systems theory model and explores the interactions of family members as one cohesive unit. It is also a way to identify individual behaviors of members that might potentially get in the way or interfere with making positive changes. 

There are three main techniques of systemic therapy to know, which are:

  • Circular Questioning: This can help identify the core issue by exploring an issue from different angles and viewpoints. 
  • Conceptualization: How is each individual’s experience impact and how does it fit into the larger picture?
  • Reframing: Helps deepen the understanding of the self through new and different perspectives. 

What Can it Help With?

There are many different diagnoses and conditions that family therapy and systemic therapy can help with. Some of these include addictions and substance abuse, mood disorders, relationship difficulties, anxiety, and PTSD. It’s a good treatment option and solution if you or your loved ones are struggling in any of these areas and want to make the situation better for everyone involved. 

Benefits of Systemic Therapy

You should also know that there are several benefits of systemic therapy and ways in which it can help you and your family. For starters, it can improve your relationships and interpersonal skills as well as ignite greater self-understanding and get everyone on board with feeling more self-empowered. You’ll soon be working as a group to resolve issues and move forward in a positive direction.


You now have a good idea of systemic therapy and why it’s an effective approach as it relates to family therapy. It can help you and your loved ones manage and work through many different disorders and conditions and offers a long list of benefits. 

Are you ready to start systemic therapy, or want to learn more? Then reach out to Peaks Recovery today and we’d be happy to answer your questions and assist you with getting set up with your family therapy and systemic therapy sessions.

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