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Systemic therapy looks at the person and their difficulties within their context.
Systemic therapy developed out of family therapy, through recognition that none of us functions in isolation, but in relation to others.
Systemic therapy works with the person in the context of their multiple relationships. These might be with family, colleagues, community, place of work or education, place of worship, their wider culture, or the social or political context.
Although systemic therapy emphasises the person's relationship to their world, inner thoughts and feelings are also seen to play a vital role in well being.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing.
EMDR is an extensively researched and proven effective treatment for trauma.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE - England and Wales) recommends EMDR for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
However, EMDR therapy has also been found to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of symptoms and conditions beyond PTSD.
EMDR is particularly effective in shifting traumatic memories or experiences, which may play a part in maintaining depression or anxiety.
Narrative therapy seeks to enable us to be the author of our own life story.
In this approach the therapist and client pay particular attention to the narratives or stories we tell ourselves about who we are and where our lives are headed.
We also attend to the stories others tell about us, and the wider societal or cultural narratives.
It can be helpful to recognise which of these descriptions of us may enable us to grow and which ones hold us back.
Narrative therapy seeks to strengthen our abilities to overcome adversity, and to dissolve problem saturated stories or beliefs about ourselves.
"Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives."