Systemic Work – a systemic approach to Counselling
We are part of many different systems for the entire duration of our lives. Who we are now, is the integral product of the family systems of parents, our families of origin. Rooted deeply within these systems lie the origins of our subconscious beliefs, behaviours and scripts (patterns). It is often the intrinsic loyalty to our system of origin that determine that we carry forward not only those patterns and beliefs that give us strength and contribute to our successes, but also those that may have a limiting and sometimes destructive effect on us and the choices that we make.
We all encounter these patterns from the systems that lie behind us (our systems of origin) recurring in new systems that we come to form part of, such as new relationships or work. Exploring issues from a systemic perspective can disclose subconscious patterns leading to a greater awareness of the dynamics that are involved in the issue at hand. An increased awareness can lead to new alternatives for addressing matters and for dealing with whatever is going on in our lives.
Each individual has a place within the system. There is an order to these places and getting to know and understanding our own place and that of others within the system can generate helpful insights and lead to change.