Family Therapy in London
Is your family struggling to get along?
Family relationships are an important part of your psychological health. The family often serves as the platform you take your identity from, and can be your main support. It can also, however, be your main source of anxiety, misunderstanding, and upset.
Family therapy focuses on relationships between people, helping families to help each other. It is is a well-established psychotherapeutic model that is proven to help, whether you are blood relations, extended family, a couple, or a group of people who choose to define yourselves as family.
Your individual issues are not the focus in a family therapy session, your family unit itself is. Sessions are about about noticing the patterns and interactions at play in your relationships and helping you find new ways to change and grow together. And the environment created by your family therapist is one that doesn't focus on who is at fault or to blame, but rather on what can be done to improve and solve situations you are facing.
How can family therapy help?
A family is a system, and if one of part of a system isn't working, then the whole system starts to break down. Family therapy helps to identify the negative interactions or cycles that can start to emerge within family systems, and to de-escalate these, and then rebuild positive cycles of interaction, so that the family can become stronger and more cohesive; and turn towards each other again, instead of away from each other.
Family therapy can help deal with an issue that belongs to one member of your family or one that everyone is experiencing. It is a chance for a group conversation in a supportive environment that helps you see new ways through together. And it's not just for adults but is very effective at helping struggling children or adolescents.
You don't have to be experiencing great difficulties to attend family therapy. It's also very useful as a check-in to keep your relationships on track.
Whilst ideal for as many family members to attend as are affected by the difficulties, it is possible to make a start with those family members that are willing to participate.
Family therapy can offer these results:
- a family unit that functions more smoothly
- more understanding between family members
- appreciation for each others needs and viewpoints
- a greater capacity to offer emotional support
- better coping skills
- more able to handle problems that arise
- a capacity to handle challenges together, including illness or bereavement
And family therapy has been proven by research to help with these difficulties:
- separation, divorce
- couple issues
- difficulties during adolescence
- child behavioural difficulties
- parenting challenges
- illness and bereavement
- fostering, adoption, step-families
- life changes like retirement, ageing, job changes
Family therapy at Harley Therapy™ with Stefan Walters
Stefan Walters is a Systemic Counselling Psychologist specialising in working with couples and families at Harley Therapy, London.
A member of the Association for Family Therapy (AFT), Stefan is also one of the few counsellors in the UK certified to offer Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). This is an empirically proven approach, that helps clients better manage emotional experiences and creates lasting change within relationships.
Stefan works with diverse issues and has extensive experience with abusive and dysfunctional relationships, fidelity, sexual addictions, compulsivity, and divorce, along with specialised training in dealing with bereavement and grief. Holding a background in working with children and youth, he has worked as a counsellor for children who have lost a close family member as well as facilitated groups for adolescents dealing with bullying and other youth issues.
Creating a safe, non-judgemental environment for you and your family is of utmost importance to Stefan. He helps you work through cycles of negative interaction to bring your relationships to a more secure, more attached, and less conflicted place where resources and strengths can be recognised and built on.
Senstive to diverse family groupings as well as different beliefs and cultures, Stefan is also fluent in Finnish and can carry out sessions in French and German.
Help your family's wellbeing today
To enquire about a family therapy therapy appointment with Stefan Walters or another family therapist at Harley Therapy™, call us today with details of your concerns, or fill in our online request form.