Rethink Family Therapy helps you frame individual problems in the context of your lifetime relationship.

I provide a safe, caring and confidential space to explore difficulties you may be experiencing in your life or relationships with others.

To arrange a consultation, or if you want to discuss the services that I provide, please browse this site and contact me.

 

 “I help people recognise changes that make a difference.”

Marion Stefanowicz BSc, MA

UKCP accredited Family and Systemic Psychotherapist.

Registered BACP member.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy is a model of psychotherapy that explores the interactions within relationships in order to effect changes.

People do not have problems in isolation. They are often created or perpetuated in the way we interact with those important to us.
Family therapy views individual’s problems in the context of their relationships.

Discussing your situation, anxieties or concerns can help you to cope with the emotions you are experiencing so that you can begin to discover a new way forward.

A professionally led therapy session differs from a routine conversation because as a therapist I am able to look at your situation objectively.  I am here to challenge your thinking to enable you to re-frame your perceptions and find solutions that will work for you.

I will not judge or tell you how you must handle your situations – but I can help you find ways, and suggest tools that can be incorporated into your life, to make a sustainable and positive change.

It is difficult to take the first step to talk to a stranger about something important and personal.

You may be worried about discussing how you may be getting it wrong with your partner, friends or family members. Or perhaps you are desperately trying to get your partner’s attention to find out whether you are important and still matter to one another.

When we feel connected to those close to us we are more able to cope with life’s challenges.

Whatever your individual, family or couple issues we can work together to rediscover your strengths, in a supportive non-judgemental atmosphere, that will enable you to see your situation in a different way. This will help you find the solutions that will work for you.

Family Therapy provides a valuable approach for people of all ages and backgrounds who may be experiencing a variety of difficulties such as:

Communication
Child & adolescent behaviour
Parenting issues with all age groups
Behavioural issues in school
Couple or marital difficulties or stress
Separation or divorce
Step-parenting or lone-parenting
Rebuilding relationships following trauma
Self-esteem issues
Life-cycle transitions

Helping people recognise their strengths can be a relatively short process, however, some difficulties can be more complex and clients may need longer.

Each situation is different and unique.

“Family therapy is a resource to help people who are struggling with everyday issues, life transitions or relationship difficulties. When people take care of their relationships they are more likely to cope with problems that come along.  Thus family therapy is also effective in supporting, enabling and nurturing important relationships”.

Relationships

Individuals, couples or families may get stuck in patterns of harmful behaviour which may impact their close relationships.

By providing a safe place to explore difficult thoughts and emotions, helping to understand others’ perspectives and building on strengths, family or systemic therapy can help people make useful changes in their relationships and their lives, so preventing relationship breakdown and the potential consequences this may have on families or individual’s mental health.

Individual Therapy

People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge.

Individual therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with me in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviours. We rediscover challenging or influential memories; identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change to better understand themselves and others. We work towards the client’s desired outcome.

Working with children, adolescents and adults, the sessions may continue as 1on1 meetings. Often, however, the wider perspective of our relationships, taken in the context of the family may become apparent and the counselling may evolve into a more systemic solution.

People do not have problems in isolation, as they are often created or perpetuated in the way we interact with those important to us.

Couples Therapy

When two people enter a ‘couple’ relationship they each bring their unique earlier experiences.

In the ‘honeymoon phase’, each partner is showing their best self, both working towards the success of the relationship. When they feel strongly connected with each other they manage any difficulties that come their way.

Sometimes different life transitions overshadow the relationship, for example:

  • work
  • children
  • bereavement
  • affairs
  • financial issues

Each partner may resort to their individual coping strategies and lose sight of their common bond. This can cause fractures in their relationship making it harder to cope.

By focusing on solutions, it is possible to regain the strengths and communication skills that were present initially. This can strengthen the relationship and enable couples to work together again in supporting each other.

When a decision has been taken to separate, having an understanding and acceptance of each other’s roles assists each individual to move on positively. This is important for everyone. For families with children, it is essential for their future well-being as this will create a platform for cooperative co-parenting.

“Whatever your individual, couple or family issues, we can work together to rediscover your strengths, in a supportive non-judgemental atmosphere, that will enable you to see your situation in a different way. This will help you find the solutions that will work for you”

About Me

I am a Psychology graduate with a Master’s degree specialising in Marriage and Family Therapy.

In 2001, I moved with my family to America for 10 years. While resident in Connecticut I was admitted to Fairfield University, on a Master’s degree programme.

I then worked in a youth counselling service and the US School system as a counsellor dealing with a diverse socioeconomic community, and with adolescents who were on the verge of entering the US juvenile court system. Often my clients and their families were mandated to come to therapy which was both challenging and rewarding.

In 2011, I returned to the UK, and settled near to Banbury; where I formed my Independent Practice, working with individuals, couples and families. Today I work from my offices at the Banbury Therapy Centre and in the local school system where I see students and family members.

I am a calm and mature individual, with an understanding of life’s difficulties and how they are created and often perpetuated by our own interactions.

As a UKCP accredited Systemic and Family Therapist, a registered BACP member, and fully endorsed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), formally known as Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), I have the credentials and depth of specialist training necessary to work with you.

 

“I help people recognise changes that make a difference.”

My Approach

Therapy sessions typically last for 50 minutes and repeat on a weekly basis or at intervals by agreement with the client. Our conversations are confidential, so clients can speak freely about their thoughts, feelings and concerns.

The initial sessions are for information gathering but can enable clients to begin to make small changes and inspire hope.

It is my belief that people do not have problems in isolation but that those develop in the context of their interactions and relationships with others. This can be family members, friends, partners or colleagues as well as outside agencies. Often people get into ways of interacting with each other that are not helpful. It can be difficult to recognise this from the inside.

I am not judgemental, and as an objective listener, I may challenge a client’s thinking. Even the smallest shift in thinking can enable clients to see different solutions that would work for them.

I work with a variety of modalities including Structural, Strategic, Solution Focused, Emotional Focused and Narrative Therapy. Although the focus of the therapy is to help with what is happening today it is often necessary to visit family-of-origin experiences to see how it may be influencing the here and now.

It is important that whether working with individuals, couples or families that we agree on the desired outcome from therapy at the start. These objectives will be revisited periodically and assessments made to ensure that the clients are happy with their progress.

I typically provide between 4 – 10 sessions; however, some clients require a longer period. This is entirely led by the client.

“I make connections with what is going on in peoples’ lives, with how they feel and how this may be affecting their thoughts and behaviour.”

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Systemic Therapy

It has long been acknowledged that Family or Systemic therapy is the most effective approach when working with couples and families. This way of working has also proved as effective when doing brief focused work with individuals. Research shows Family Therapy...

Contact Me

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Marion Stefanowicz BSc, MA
Mobile: 07572 611 971

Banbury Therapy Centre
Telephone: 01295 231320

Fee Structure Effective January 1st 2018
Individual Session (50 minutes) £55
Couples & Family (50 minutes)  £70
Daytime and evening appointments by arrangement

69 Oxford Road
Banbury OX16 9AJ

Parking facilities accessed at rear from Old Parr Road.