Hi everybody. Haven’t posted for a bit but I’m still here listening and learning. I now I have a question.
Has anybody had any experience of Family & Systematic Psychotherapy.
14yrs old D has been AN since January - started refeeding in May, undergoing FBT in CAHMS in the UK. D is weight restored and eating well but only in the lower portions of her healthy weight range and still has a lot of ED behaviours which we are addressing but we seem to be coping this stage, just about.
There are no particular problems with family dynamics/ relationships (other than ED of course), there is only me, my wife and D living together although we have 5 other adult children. We have a great relationship despite the strain of the ED.
Therapist has now offered some 'Family & Systematic Psychotherapy', which we had never heard of. This is to be carried out in addition to the FBT, which will continue alongside the Family & Systematic Psychotherapy (provided by a different therapist) and is supposed to give us additional help with family relationships within the home and outside the home. We are a bit puzzled as to why we have been offered this but have agreed to do a session just to discuss with the therapist how this might help. We’ve been told that we can just do it ourselves as a couple without our D being present, as she doesn’t engage much with therapy anyway, or we can do it with her being present but she doesn’t have to speak, or she can take part if she wishes. It’s up to us we’ve been told.
At first I was worried that it might be similar to the old family therapy which was used before FBT came in but the therapist has assured us that it is nothing like that and doesn’t seek to find the root causes of the ED.
Anybody had any experience of this type of therapy?