I work with families with children and adults of all ages and across all generations, living together or apart.
For individual therapy clients who are between 16 and 18 years old, monthly family therapy is a vital part of the therapeutic process.
As a Bowen family systems therapist I explore the relational dynamics and interactions patterns between family members and empower adult family members to enhance their level of differentiation within the family system.
Issues that bring families to therapy include:
Child and adolescent behaviour
Divorce and separation
One member affected by chronic illness
Children and adolescents with mental health problems
Changes in family life
Extended family issues
Traumatic event or death
Significant life changes
Benefits of family therapy
- Improve listening, communication and negotiation skills
- Enhance relationship dynamics
- Increase the separation and individuation of family members
- Establish healthy boundaries and develops appropriate responsibility
- Strengthen the relationship between parents
- Find creative ways forward with family challenges
- Improve symptoms and functioning of children
The family unit as client
The focus of family therapy sessions is on the functioning of the family unit. Individual symptoms (particularly in children) are often an expression of a struggling family unit. Without blame I will bring into focus the relationship dynamics and patterns expressing themselves and explore how to adjust and refine your interactions.
The quality of parental presence and interaction is the key factor in family functioning. Having just one parental figure who is motivated and focused enough to commit to enhancing their level of differentiation creates ripples across the whole system leading to entire family improvements. I will support, empower and equip you to make those changes.
Get the Big Picture
Patterns of family behaviours and interactions replicate across the generations and are influenced by other personal and professional relationship systems. I will invite you to gain this bigger perspective which will reduce blame, increase empathy and understanding as well as increasing your flexibility to make changes in the present.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long are therapy sessions?
Family therapy sessions are 55 minutes in length.
How often do sessions take place?
Sessions can be held weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Generally the assessment sessions occur over 2 consecutive weeks. After that sessions are typically fortnightly or monthly to allow you and your family time to consolidate your learning.
Where do sessions take place?
Sessions can be held face-to-face at my Harley Street practice and my Surbiton practice.
I also offer remote sessions via Zoom / Skype. Family members can join together on one zoom call, or join the session from different locations.
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How much do you charge?
Fees vary depending on location and are between £165 and £250 per session.
How many sessions will we need?
Initially you will have 2 assessment sessions to explore what has brought the family to therapy and gain a general overview of family dynamics and a history of family life. This will also give you a sense of what family therapy with me is like.
Together we will identify a focus of the work and agree how we will work together, this will enable us to know when therapy has reached its goal and conclusion. Some families just need a few sessions, others may meet for more than a year.
What to do next?
Book a FREE 20 minute phone consultation.
This phone call will give you the chance to discuss your hopes and aims for family therapy, answer any questions you have and discuss practical details.
“An entire family can be changed by the effort of one person”
“The overall goal is to help family members become ‘systems experts’ who could know [their] family system so well that the family could readjust itself without the help of an expert.”
Murray Bowen on Bowen Family Therapy
“My sessions with Kathryn have been invaluable and I am very grateful for her time, expertise, help and professionalism.”
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