Who is strategic systemic therapy for?

To all those wishing to make a change in the way they perceive their problems and in the solutions already implemented but ineffective.

Strategic systemic therapy addresses the following issues, whether emerging or ingrained:

  • Anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, OCDs
  • Mood disorders: depressed state, depression, bi-polar disorders
  • Affective and sexual disorders
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Behavioral problems
  • Stress, burn-out, bore out
  • Cultural adaptation stress
  • Couples, parent-child relationships
  • Addictions…

I have had a deep problem for several years. Despite my attempts to resolve it, I have yet to find solutions to free myself from it.

Strategic system therapy is a model that explores the way the problems arise and their manifestations. It highlights the interactional processes between a person and their individual thought pattern, a person in relation to others or to the world.

Therefore, the longevity of the problem does not necessarily require long-term therapy. Some issues that are anchored for many years can disappear very quickly in a few sessions.Therapy works most effectively when the person engages in a process of voluntary change and implements the action plan established with the therapist.

My spouse or partner has a problem but he / she does not wish to consult, what can I do?

Strategic system therapy explores interactions between individuals and helps to rebalance interactions that turn out to be dysfunctional.

Therefore, even if a person within a couple or family or team does not want to start therapy or coaching, those around them can be change agents and make for a part of the solution. It is therefore highly recommended to explore the field of possibilities through indirect therapy.

My child or adolescent has a problem but I do not want him / her to start therapy for fear of stigmatizing him / her, what can I do?

Strategic systemic therapy is a therapeutic model for problem solving. The therapist does not diagnose or label an issue, but seeks to understand what is happening between the persons.

As for situations involving children or adolescents, parents may worry about symptomatic or asymptomatic behaviors. In their parental role, they can be a powerful change agent. To better understand the dynamics in place, the therapist may ask to speak with the child to explore the situation from their point of view.

What major difference is there between conventional therapy and strategic systemic therapy?

The landscape and the field of application of the therapies which exist today are very varied. The systemic therapies by themselves exceed one hundred (Reference work: Mony Elkaim, Panorama of family therapies, Seuil, 1995).

Anyone can find an effective and lasting solution to their problems in any of the therapies.By “classic”, I mean intra-psychic based therapies, where an individual person start to work on issues    and recurring patterns where the source is to be found in childhood, with a therapist face to face or in psychoanalysis lying on a couch and this in an unguided way.

In strategic systemic therapy, the therapist guides the client / patient in a conversation through a series of questions that seeks to understand the problem and the way it materializes itself in his everyday life. The therapist can prescribe exercises, reflections, or observations in order to speed up the change process and unlock now solutions. This is a major difference from other types of therapy practices.

I thought therapy and coaching were two distinct approaches? Could you explain to me in which case I should rather turn to coaching or therapy?

The therapeutic and coaching models that I practice have the same constructivist theoretical foundation which was created by the Mental Research Institute in the United States and institutionalized as the school of the Palo Alto.

The main difference resides in the contexts in which the coach or therapist operate. In general, people start coaching for issues related to the professional environment and the therapies are rather articulated around the personal, relational, or family framework.

In both cases, whether in coaching or therapy, the approach I practice aims to get people out of a specific problem. If the problem is unclear at the time of the first session, I work with the person to determine the desired change objectives.

It is very common to have several problems to tackle, in this case, we prioritize together if resolved which of the problem would bring the most relief. In that sense, both the therapeutic and the coaching approach are very pragmatic. There are two major institutes in France and Europe for coaching and strategic systemic therapy:The Gregory Bateson Institute: Liege, Paris, Lausanne, Lyon

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Can I attend sessions remotely?

Yes, therapy or coaching can be done remotely. In times of COVID and physical distance, it is recommended to use video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Skype or other available to you.