What Is Bowen Family Systems?

By: Heather Bach MA, CCC, Nov 27, 2014

How can I bring peace within my household?

How Does the Bowen Family Systems Theory Work?

Bowen family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional system where members are emotionally interdependent. Therefore the functioning of one member cannot be fully understood without the context of the people with which they are closely involved. A change in one person’s functioning is predictably followed by reciprocal changes in the functioning of others. Heightened tension can intensify the processes that promote unity and teamwork that may lead to problems. Part of the goal of family systems therapy is to achieve healthy, balanced relationships within the family. It also considers familial patterns in a historical context. The connectedness, and reactivity make the functioning of family members interdependent, and Bowen Family Systems incorporates this depth into the work of personal change.

Heather Bach brings 19 years of experience and training to her counselling practice. Holding a Master’s in Psychology, she is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian and Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Relationship Specialist (CRS) with the American Psychotherapy Association.

Bach Counselling brings an expertise to working with those who wish to make a positive change in relationships, intimacy, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, parenting and eating disorders. She specializes in working with individuals and couples who are dealing with issues that may adversely affect their relationships.

Heather uses a number of evidence-based tools and techniques to bring her clients closer to their goals. These include:

Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT),
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT),
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR),
Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapy,
Bowen Family Systems and Process Oriented Jungian Therapy

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