Family and Systematic therapy
You may experience situations between family members or partners that trouble you or the other people involved. These situations often manifest themselves in other areas of our lives, for example in various psychosomatic disorders such as chronic headaches or in communication problems within the family. It is good to know that these situations are a normal experience and, most importantly, that they can be overcome with the help of a specialist.
Unicare Medical Center offers counselling and systematic therapy for these purposes. We would be glad to offer our help in addressing your problems. Below, we describe a systematic therapy. If you are interested in such services, please contact our reception and make an appointment with our specialist, Dr. Masner.
What is systematic therapy
Systematic therapy is a type of therapy that involves all members of a specific system, e.g., a family and, in some cases, members of the extended family (e.g., grandparents). A therapist conducts multiple sessions to help families deal with important issues that may interfere with the functioning of the family, or with psychosomatic illnesses of one of the family members.
The goal of systematic therapy is to help improve communication, solve emotional and educational problems, understand and handle special family situations (for example, death, serious physical or mental illness, or child and adolescent issues), and create a better-functioning home environment.
For children and adolescents, family therapy is most often used when the child or adolescent has a personality, anxiety, or mood disorder that impairs their family and social functioning.
Manifestations of issues
Medical manifestations of potential issues include psychosomatic symptoms in children, for example enuresis, chronic headaches or abdominal pain, sleeping problems, eczema, asthma, eating disorders, and more.
Adults also suffer from such manifestations. Psychosomatic indications of an underlying problem can include chronic pain in various locations, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and more; and any chronic diseases with unsatisfactory treatment outcomes and suspicion of psychosocial influence.
Problems with communication within the family, poor school performance, partnership crisis, difficult relationships with adolescents, educational problems, difficulties within culturally mixed marriages, IT addiction, and more can also indicate underlying problems that might be helped through systematic therapy.
When to consider systematic therapy
For a well-indicated systematic therapy, there should be three general circumstances present:
- Chronic course of the symptoms/difficult behavior should last for at least 3 months.
- Common treatment or education measures have failed or have proved to be insufficient.
- The symptoms are having a significant impact on the closest social environment of the patient, whether the family or at work.
How to make an appointment for systematic therapy and counselling
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Contact MUDr. Ondřej Masner
MUDr. Ondřej Masner
Dr. Masner is a general practitioner and specialist in psychosomatic medicine at UNICARE. Gaining education in Switzerland, he can speak English, German, French and Italian. Dr. Masner belongs among just a few doctors possessing a certificate in psychosomatic medicine in Czech Republic. Besides his work at Unicare he is leading the Medical Service of First Treatment (LSPP) at the Motol hospital.