Tania trained in Portugal as a clinical psychologist before specializing in systemic family psychotherapy in the UK. She has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings for over 15 years.
Alongside her private practice, Tania works for the NHS as a systemic and family psychotherapist. This role includes meeting with individuals and families for therapy, parental counseling, providing consultation on systemic perspectives, co-facilitating psycho-education courses for parents of children dealing with eating disorders and providing supervision to different professionals.
Tania teaches in a Family Therapy course run in Norfolk and has an interest in systemic research and practice.
She aims to offer a compassionate, open and collaborative approach and give the space people often need to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions, to understand their experiences and reach their goals. Her approach also explores strengths and resources in order to support people in making useful changes in their relationships and in their lives.
Who is systemic psychotherapy for?
Systemic psychotherapy is a type of psychotherapy focusing specially on relationships. These can be our immediate relationships - parents, family, friends, work colleagues, partners - but also the wider cultural, community and religious aspects of our lives. The quality of these relationships affects all aspects of our wellbeing, and especially our psychological and emotional health.
Systemic psychotherapists who are members of the College for Family, Couple and Systemic Therapy, like Tania, may work with teams, families, couples or individuals of all ages, including young children.
For people who prefer to be seen on a 1:1 basis, systemic therapy may help a person to understand and manage relationships. It may help them to recognise the effect these relationships have on their own sense of themselves, on their sense of worth, on their wellbeing, and enable them to move on with their lives.
Tania's systemic approach is integrative, incorporating different collaborative therapeutic styles in order to create an effective and safe therapeutic alliance and, where appropriate, challenging in order to expose what might be keeping things stuck for people.
By working together, we might develop an understanding of how your life experiences, health events and relationships may be influencing your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and the ways in which you feel able to get along with others, do intimacy, relate or ask/decline the support of important people. Working through these issues and stories may help you to be more in charge of your life, ameliorate and help cope with negative symptoms and problems, create meaning in your life and develop more stable relationships.
Couple therapy can help couples of whichever marital status or sexual orientation resolve difficulties and improve communication. It can also help them manage separation, divorce, and life cycle transitions.
According to the UKCP, Family therapy can help families when, for example: a) they are feeling overwhelmed, sad and angry; b) they are not sure of what to do for the best; c) they feel stuck in repeating patterns of hurtful or harmful behaviour.
When working with families, systemic therapists take into consideration that families come in all shapes and sizes beyond the traditional notion of nuclear family (e.g. extended families, adoptive and foster families, transnational families, families of choice) but they also recognise that there are differing ideas about what makes a well-functioning family.
Depending on the issues and the circumstances at hand, family therapists may see a whole family together or they may see only some members of the family, couples or individuals. It is the therapist's task to aim to work in an open and collaborative manner and in response to the client's goals and wishes.
WHAT HAPPENS AND HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?
Systemic psychotherapy is mainly a talking therapy but sometimes the therapist will use non-verbal activities, including play with younger children, drawing, writing or some action techniques. Should you feel comfortable, Tania may use some of these ways of working in addition to talking, family trees and genograms.
The approach Tania takes is primarily determined by the problems affecting you, and how you prefer to work. Tania also takes into account research and clinical evidence when deciding how to 'go on' and will regularly ask for feedback. This is an important aspect of therapy which has been linked with better outcomes for clients.
How long does it last?
Psychotherapy may vary in length depending on the issue and how much time a client wants to give. Sometimes a couple of consultations may be helpful. At other times the work may develop over a longer period of time.