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Systemic Therapy

Systemic therapy is a generic term for any form of psychotherapy dealing with people in relationship to one another, the interactions of groups, and their patterns and dynamics.


  • perceives human behaviour and especially psychological symptoms and disorders within the context of the social systems patients live in
  • focuses on interpersonal interactions and expectations, the social construction of realities, and recursive causality between symptoms and interactions
  • includes family members and other important persons (e.g., teachers, friends, professional helpers) directly or indirectly through systemic questioning, hypothesizing, and specific interventions
  • appreciates and utilizes clients' perspectives on problems, resources, and preferred solutions

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