We work primarily using a Family Systems way of thinking. This way of approaching families encourages family members to think of the issues that brought them into treatment in terms of a ‘system’. As with any system, individual members can influence one another’s feelings and behaviors in many complicated ways.
With this in mind, an adolescent who is struggling will work with the family to understand the causes, impacts and relationship dynamics that are at play that maybe contributing. An approach that encourages the whole family to work together helps individuals move away from blaming and towards individual responsibility. This approach often produces dramatic changes in the client and the family as a whole.
With decades of research behind it and in our own experience, systemic family therapy has a particularly supportive evidence base for many of the reasons adolescents and families come to treatment.