The Sloane Court Clinic
11 Sloane Court West
London SW3 4TD

+44 (0)20 7730 5945
+44 (0)20 7730 5945
+44 (0)20 7730 9871

Our opening times are:

  • Mon–Thu: 9am to 7pm
  • Friday: 9am to 6pm
  • Saturdays: Morning only.



Location Details

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The view down Sloane Court West, Chelsea, London

Additional Information

Reviews of
Self-Help Books

We have identified a selection of books which staff at The Sloane Court Clinic have reviewed and which you may find helpful.

These books cover the following areas:

Anxiety and Phobias
Social Anxiety & Shyness
Eating disorders
Low Self-esteem
Alcohol or Drug problems

Family & Couples Therapy

What is family & couples therapy?

Family therapy, often known also as 'systemic therapy', is useful for families*, couples and even individuals, particularly when relationship issues appear to be connected to emotional problems. Family therapy often focuses on family/couple interactions in order to encourage family members/couples to find new, less conflictual, and more constructive ways of relating to each other.

Rather than focusing on the origin of the problem, who may be to blame and taking sides, the therapist will attempt to understand how the difficulties have emerged over time and explore with family members how they can constructively support each other to overcome their difficulties. At the same time the therapist will attempt to influence the discussions amongst the family/couple in a way that highlights strengths and resources within their relationships and explore alternative ways of dealing with problems.

What else?

A fundamental aspect of family therapy is the therapist's acknowledgment of the cultural background (e.g. economic, cultural, religious context) of the family/couple, whilst also respecting and taking into account individual perspectives, beliefs and life stories which may also influence how relationships within the family operate.

What type of problems is family therapy suitable for?

Family therapy is often helpful in addressing marital/couple conflict, life adjustments (e.g. divorce, separation, a family member experiencing serious mental illness or being diagnosed with a serious physical illness), eating disorders, child* and adolescent emotional and behavioural problems.

How long will family therapy last?

The frequency and number of therapy sessions is negotiated between the family and therapist. However, it is common for therapy sessions to take place at fortnightly or monthly intervals, meeting in total approximately 6-8 times.

* Please note that we currently only accept referrals to work with family members over the age of 18 years-old.


Carr, A. (2008). Family therapy. West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Dallos, R. & Draper, R. (2005). An introduction to family therapy. Systemic theory and practice (2nd Ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press.