Relational-systemic psychotherapy is a discipline from the mental health field which aims to diagnose and address mental and emotional disorders from the systemic and relational perspectives.
Relational-systemic psychotherapy training provides the clinical competences and skills needed for effective practice to deal with a range of problems that occur during a person's life cycle. Some of the problems addressed are as follow: depression, anxiety, adjustment, substance abuse, eating disorders, death and bereavement, parent-child conflicts, difficulties with children and adolescents, marital violence, adoption, problems linked to divorce, mental health in children and adolescents, etc.
Marriage and family psychotherapists highlight relationships as a key factor in understanding psychological health.
Some of the areas in which these professionals practice are as follow:
- Private practice
- Psychiatric units
- Family guidance and counselling centres
- Care centres for marriages
- Children's unit services
- Care for adolescents in outpatient or residential treatment
- Addiction treatment services
- Community services
- Mental health evaluation centres or intervention
- Programmes with courts or alternative sentences
- Services related to addressing domestic violence
- Mediation services
- Pastoral councils
- Student health services at schools
Psychotherapists cooperate with other health and mental health practitioners at these units or services to ensure patients receive comprehensive treatment. In community contexts, psychotherapists work with attorneys, teachers, social workers, mediators, etc. to provide comprehensive care.