JANE POINTON

Individual and Family Therapy

We are not victims of our biographies 

but authors of our futures

(George Kelly Personal Construct Psychotherapist)

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Introduction

Most people experience difficulties sometimes. If you’re no longer sure what to do for the best, if it feels like close relationships are suffering or seem stuck in patterns of hurtful or harmful behaviour, Family Therapy may help. Whether you are considering therapy for yourself, you and your partner or your family group, children, parents or others important in your life, we hope you find the information here useful.

Individual Therapy

What is Systemic Therapy?


Some people enter therapy after a traumatic event or during periods of transition in relationships such as marriage, childbirth separation  divorce loss of job, retirement or bereavement.

In systemic thinking, relationships are the prime focus since all of our social lives, such as our personality, are seen to be co-created through conversations and communication processes with other people. And, since cultural and societal values are translated through the family (or an equivalent) throughout our most impressionable years, these relationships and stories are seen as powerfully influential; and systemic therapists are fascinated by these unique stories. However, often what is a normal (albeit complex) transition in a family creates challenges, which can but need not have long-term repercussions.Talking with someone who maybe able to help you see things differently often helps

Couple/Family Therapy 

What is Family Therapy?


Family Therapy or to give it its full title, Family and Systemic Psychotherapy helps people in a close relationship to help each other


It enables family members, couples, and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths, and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives. Individuals can find Family Therapy helpful, as an opportunity to reflect on important relationships and find ways forward.


What is the evidence for the effectiveness of Family

 and Systemic Psychotherapy?


Systemic Family therapy has been found to be effective for children’s and adults’ difficulties, both when individuals have acquired a mental health diagnosis and when there is more general or complex distress. It is effective across the lifecycle, spanning developmental stages from under-fives to old age. Working therapeutically with individuals together with their families and /or significant others enables the use of an individual’s relationships as a resource, and reduces stress and difficulties for all the family members. Family Therapy has also been found to be particularly effective during severe and complex disorders requiring extensive treatment. www.aft.org 


Many examples of Family Therapy can be found on YouTube.


My training as a systemic psychotherapist has helped me to listen non-judgmentally, to be able to see things from multiple perspectives and my years of working in many different areas enables me  alongside of you to co-create solutions to the dilemmas you may have.

Supervision

I am available for supervision for suitably qualified counsellors/therapists.  

Please contact me for more information.

Ecotherapy

Research has shown that exposure to nature essentially causes a rapid reduction in body-based stress indicators, such as heartbeat, reduced adrenaline, and muscle tension, and restores the body after traumatic tension. Likewise, studies in Japan have researched the effects of spending short periods of only twenty minutes of exposure in a forest environment and found this has a significant calming effect.


Whilst I cannot offer a forest I can offer a private quiet meadow with running water where we can sit within nature and talk as an alternative to my office.


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