Family Systems Therapy
Family Systems Therapy focuses on the family’s boundaries. For example, when a family’s boundaries are “open”, they may welcome and interact with external influences that can facilitate healthy change. In contrast, when a family’s system is “closed, the family can become isolated and thus unable to change when needed.
Therapists utilizing Family Systems Therapy may work with their patients to create a genogram: a family diagram that can lead to increased understanding of the familial relationships. Families are encouraged to view their problems as being multigenerational rather than as belonging to a specific individual. Family members are assisted with becoming differentiated in order to increase their ability to cope and manage anxiety independently. Goals of Family Systems Therapy include developing well-defined boundaries so that families can adapt to future changes.