What is systemic therapy?

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Systemic therapy is, along with psychoanalytic therapy, behavioral therapy and humanistic therapies, one of the types of therapy whose effectiveness is scientifically recognized.

Systemic therapy originally developed from working with families. It is based on the basic assumption that, as soon as we interact with other people, we influence others and are influenced by them. This happens consciously or unconsciously, but we always trigger something in the people around us with our actions and often with our presence alone.

As with a baby mobile, where the positions of all its parts change as soon as you move a single one, changing my behavior can encourage new behaviors in others.

With these interactions in mind, therapy is often concerned with the question of how I can better understand why interactions with partners, parents, colleagues or colleagues, bosses, friends, children, etc. take the form I experience at the moment and what possibilities I have to make these interactions with my fellow human beings more pleasant and fulfilling for me.

Important building blocks of the systemic toolbox are e.g. the family or system board, constellations, ego states, genograms, externalizations, etc.