What does systemic family and couple therapy help with?

(for children and adolescents)*

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends Family and Couple Therapy for children and adolescents for the following:

  • alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use

  • anti-social behaviour and conduct disorders

  • depression

  • diabetes

  • psychosis

NICE also recommends the inclusion of families and carers for the following:​

  • ADHD

  • autism in under-19s

  • challenging behaviour in learning disabilities

  • children's attachment

  • dementia

  • epilepsy

  • motor neurone disease

  • obesity prevention obesity

  • social anxiety disorder

*based on meta-analysis by Prof. Alan Carr

There is evidence to show that systemic family and couple therapy works with the following difficulties


  • drug and alcohol problems

  • mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder

  • anxiety disorders including PTSD

  • psychotic symptoms in children and adults

  • adjusting to illness and disability

  • relationship difficulties

  • psychosexual problems

  • intimate partner violence

Piers has been working with children and adolescents in the NHS for over 10 years.  He believes that many difficulties facing young people can be overcome with the support of their families and with systemic family therapy.

Piers aims to help young people become strong, resilient and able to assert themselves in their social relationships with the help of adults around them.  He also support parents in setting appropriate boundaries for their children.