What is Systems Theory?
Systems Theory is about patterns: recognizing them, determining if they are helpful or hurtful, and establishing new ones. Systems Theory states that individuals rely on one another as parts of a family unit and that, when unified, the family unit can more easily strive toward a common goal.
Your therapist will help identify and examine your family members’ emotions to understand the behaviors of the family unit more fully. The family unit’s functioning relies on its patterns of interaction. Once these patterns are more fully understood, your family can understand the unit as a whole.
If your family has a specific goal or wants help in relating to one another, Systems Theory can provide a strong foundation for growth and change. Inquiring into helpful and unhelpful interactions the family is experiencing can be uncomfortable, but Systems Theory’s goal is to identify dynamics that can ultimately lead to change.