Long Term Systemic Therapy

Individuals, Couples and Families

  • Arlene Vetere
  • Jim Sheehan

Part of the Palgrave Texts in Counselling and Psychotherapy book series (PTCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Long Term Systemic Work with Couples and Families

  3. Long Term Systemic Work with Individuals

  4. Long Term Systemic Work with Professional Practitioner Groups

  5. Long Term Systemic Work with Family Businesses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-179
    2. Ana Aguirregabiria
      Pages 181-196
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-209

About this book


Systemic psychotherapy has long been conceptualised and practiced as brief psychotherapy, in both the public sector and in independent practice, but it is now increasingly becoming a longer term practice. 

This ground-breaking book examines the ways in which systemic theory can accommodate and formulate long term practice, and locates the boundaries of the systemic theories that both help to explain and give direction to such work. In doing so, it asks important questions such as: at what point might a practitioner need to incorporate and integrate other explanatory models into their systemic thinking? What does this mean for systemic practice? How does the relative longevity of the work impact the way practitioners build and maintain therapeutic relationships with the relational systems they assist? And what implications does such longevity have on, and for, the supervisory needs of systemic psychotherapists at the heart of the work? Given the absence of a rigorous evidence base for long term systemic therapy and practice, this book explores how practitioners can hold themselves ethically accountable for what they do and think.

Written by some of the leading names in systemic thinking, this book provides an important new resource for both students and experienced professionals in family therapy seeking to enhance their practice and research.

Arlene Vetere is Professor of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway. Her previous books include Supervision in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (2017) co-edited with Jim Sheehan, and together with Rudi Dallos she co-edits the Palgrave Texts in Psychotherapy and Counselling book series.

Jim Sheehan is Professor of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at the VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland. He is a social worker, family therapist, trainer, consultant and systemic supervisor. His previous publications include Supervision of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (2017) co-edited with Arlene Vetere, and Family Conflict After Separation and Divorce (2018) published by Palgrave.


systemic theory long-term therapeutic relationships long term practice psychotherapy family therapy individual therapy couples therapy psychoanalysis Systemic psychotherapy counseling brief therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Arlene Vetere
    • 1
  • Jim Sheehan
    • 2
  1. 1.Family Therapy and Systemic PracticeVID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway
  2. 2.Family Therapy and Systemic PracticeVID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway

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