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Systemic Family Therapy

Systemic family therapy is an approach that conceptualizes people in terms of their relationships and tends to view problems and solutions to problems as related to the family system, rather than in terms of individual behavior. Systemic family therapy looks at the relationships in the family, how people relate to each other and to themselves, and how their perceptions of others influence that interaction. In the field of family therapy, similar terms such as systems theory and systems thinking are also used. Systems theory is transdisciplinary study of groups of interrelated parts (systems). Early family therapists adapted and applied these principles to work with families. Systems thinking refers to the idea that family therapists conceptualize families in terms of repetitive patterns, communication, relationships, and circular ...

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