The People Systems Relational & Neuro-Developmental Approach to Human Dynamics attempts to involve the client’s significant relationships in the treatment in order to facilitate the transition from a ‘transactional’ to a ‘relational’ approach to human dynamics.
While sessions involving the entire family might be beneficial as a diagnostic tool and as a way for members of the family to feel that they are all an important component of the family, just like relationships happen between two people, the healing process is a dyadic dynamic, which is facilitated by the therapist. Thus, family therapy usually includes sessions involving different dyads within the family, and at times sessions with just one member of the family. Usually after a few diagnostic sessions with the entire family and/or parents, I will choose to work with the family dyads that would most quickly positively affect the entire family dynamics in the interest of an efficient therapeutic process.
In essence, when using the People Systems Approach, family therapy might involve individual sessions with children, individual sessions with parents, parent therapy sessions, couple therapy sessions along with collateral family sessions involving one or more children with one or more parents.