The family plays a pivotal role in a person’s life: past, present, and future. But what happens when the family dynamics are in chaos and breakdown?
Family Systems Therapy is described as a form of psychotherapy that places attention on helping individuals resolve various issues within the context of the family unit. Family members work to understand how their individual behaviors affect the family dynamic as a whole. This presentation will address the benefits of Family Systems Therapy, especially for Clinicians looking to diversify their approach.
- Identify the foundational tenets of Family Systems Therapy (FST) and its development.
- Describe the role of the therapist and client within Family Systems Therapy.
- Explain various Family Systems Therapy approaches and their usage.
- Recognize the benefits and limitations when using FST.
Crystal Lockett-Thomas, LPC, BC-TMH, NCC
Crystal Lockett-Thomas is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and a Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider based in Texas. With extensive experience working with at-risk youth, she focuses on helping them develop healthy perspectives and build high emotional intelligence. Her work with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, where she assisted male juvenile offenders who committed violent crimes in the process of building empathy and reducing recidivism, speaks volumes about her expertise in the field. Crystal has a wealth of experience in a range of therapies and techniques, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused therapies, and Moral Reconation Therapy. She currently assists adolescents and adults in addressing a variety of mental health issues. Her approach to therapy is collaborative, working closely with her clients to empower them along their therapeutic journey and produce the most effective outcomes. As Clinical Director, Crystal is responsible for providing support and training to other therapeutic staff in her private practice group to enhance the overall client experience. Her dedication to her clients is reflected in her commitment to the continuous professional development of her staff. Crystal is also an Adjunct Faculty member for the Collin College educational system, where she has the great privilege of helping shape the next generation of counselors.