Approaches to Family Systems Therapy

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Family Systems Therapy
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A diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Social Workers, Dr. Miriam Galindo is a licensed psychologist and clinical social worker based in Irvine, California. In this capacity, Dr. Miriam Galindo offers a wide range of family therapy services.

Established by the psychoanalyst Murray Bowen, family systems therapy operates based on the theory that familial relationships have a major impact on the development of the individual. Below are three common approaches to family systems therapy.

Strategic family therapy: Strategic family therapy looks at the problem-solving patterns of families outside of the therapeutic setting, often requiring families to redefine challenging scenarios. Unlike other types of family systems therapy, strategic family therapists believe that intensive analysis is not necessary to realize rapid change.

Structural family therapy: While strategic family therapy looks to interactions outside therapy, structural family therapy examines behaviors and patterns within the therapy context. Structural family therapists also analyze subsystems within the family unit.

Intergenerational family therapy: In many cases, individual behavior can be influenced by the beliefs and patterns of previous generations. By acknowledging multigenerational behaviors, families can normalize their problems and correct problem behaviors.

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