In addition to being licensed to diagnose and treat clients, all Sonja Williams and Associates staff are clinically trained in systems theory. Systems theory is a different, more holistic approach, to treating mental health. Instead of treating the person, couple, or family as an autonomous, stand-alone entity, systems theory recognizes that everyone (and every system) is a part of a larger system. To achieve more lasting results, our systems therapists address the presenting problem, but we are also trained to address the larger (possibly external) factors influencing the situation. For a person seeking individual services, this may mean that the person’s family or other inner circle may be a part of the solution. The primary benefit to systems theory when compared to other mental health disciplines is that, once therapy has concluded, the clients have a network (a “system”) in place to reinforce the positive change the clients have experienced.
For those who prefer a more traditional approach to mental health (i.e., DSM-V), we are fully licensed to diagnose and treat, as well.