Wales Counselling offers family counselling services throughout North Wales and Chester

Claire McCluskey
M.Sc. B.A. Relate Cert C.C.
Registered Counsellor BACP & UKRC

Coast Road, Rhyl, LL18 3PL
07551 529 386

Family / Systemic Counselling

Family counselling has been heavily influenced by communication and what happens "between" people.

It sees problems as belonging less to the individual and places it more in the interpersonal.

This way of thinking sees family as dynamic and the people who make up the family as changing and developing.

The meanings created between and by people in family are interesting to the family counsellor.

Counselling may explore how these meanings have evolved and been constructed by the people who make up the family. This can help understand difference in opinion and expectations.

Each member influences and are influenced by the others in the family. Families have developed their own roles rules and boundaries over time. Theories of attachment and dynamics are borne in mind to help usefully understand the family's problems.

Every family has a life cycle and will go through life stages e.g. birth of a child, divorce, remarriage etc. As families are constantly changing and adapting they also need to find a way of maintaining their structure.

Families are influenced by wider contexts and culture.

A family counsellor will spend time in assessment to deconstruct the problem with the family member(s), taking into account the beliefs and explanations of the family, the context, the attachments and emotions and will endeavour to work in a collaborative way.

The family may, with the counsellor, develop possibilities and interventions they can begin to try in their family system to deliver useful change. A family counsellor will work to encourage a warm working relationship with a family.

Family counselling is the approach- which can involve one or several family members.

The focus of the work will be on what is "made between" the members rather than focus what is "within" only one member.

Family counselling may be carried out with more than one counsellor or therapist. This helps perspective and feedback for the family and the therapeutic system.

I am a trained systemic practitioner which allows me to counsel family members.

Source Dallos & Draper An Introduction to Family Therapy.