Systemic therapy is often practiced in a family setting when there are conflicts, external factors, individual differences and communication difficulties causing a strain on relationships within the family unit. It is typically a solution-focused, short-term approach which looks at the complex pattern of social relationships. Therapists aim to make the family unit stronger by looking at the ‘problem’ in a different light. They may encourage empathy and understanding of each member’s difficulties and needs, as well as building on strengths to ultimately foster change within the group. Typical issues a Systemic (or family) therapist might work with include: children with behavioural issues, parent-child conflicts, separation, unemployment, illness or death within the family.