Family Systems Therapy is an approach to therapy in which all members of a nuclear family are included. It is based on a premise that to understand an individual family member, one must understand how they fit into a larger family unit. Rather than focusing on one “trouble maker” in the family, a therapist will emphasize how the larger patterns and dynamics within a family contribute to each member’s behavior. For instance, it may come to light that the family trouble maker is actually acting out to gain attention from parents who are too overwhelmed by their marital conflict to give the trouble making child the attention that they are seeking. If you believe that Family Systems Therapy is a good fit with your family’s needs, especially if multiple family members experience discord with one another, speak with a clinician at Corner Canyon Counseling to determine where to begin.