Family Systems Therapy

Ripple Ranch Family Systems Therapy (FST)

An integral part of our program is implementing family systems therapy (FST) in our treatment experience for clients and families, who are encouraged to partake in family groups and individual family sessions.  Using FST, we study the family dynamics and each family members’ role.  This assists all family members in helping them discover and deal with the root cause(s) of any negative behaviors that reinforce dysfunctional family patterns of engagement, and ultimately the addiction cycle. Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family, we believe that self-discovery and recovery is not only beneficial, but necessary for all family members.

What Is FST and How Does it Work?

As the name implies, family systems therapy is a branch of systems therapy. Systems therapy is a theory that studies parts of a system in relation to the whole. Each family member is considered a “part”, and the family is the “whole”. FST is founded upon the theory that people cannot be understood in isolation from their interpersonal relationships. In other words, in order to understand a person, you need to understand how they interact with their family unit – both past (as a child) and present (currently).

Many psychological issues begin early in life and are influenced to varying degrees by family dynamics. Every member of the family influences the overall dynamic of the family, and the overall dynamic of the family has an influence on every member of the family. This is why it is important to consider the addict’s role in their family and what role their family dynamics have played in their addiction.  It is equally important to investigate any current family dynamics that need to be addressed with family members to support recovery for the family, as a whole.

Providing FST to Our Patients

Our licensed and experienced staff works with patients to explore their family dynamics. Our licensed therapists will work with patients and family members to discuss:

  • The role each family member plays in their family as a whole
  • The role each family member plays in their relationships with individual family members
  • The effect each family member has on the overall family dynamic
  • The effect each family member has on individual family members
  • How the family dynamic influences each family member
  • How individual family members influence the overall family dynamic

Benefits of FST

Because FST is such a broad area of study, it can be used to help patients and family members with a wide variety of problems in their life. As participants work with a therapist to undergo FST, they will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the importance of family, their role in it, and its role in their life.
  • Develop skills that will enable them to communicate more effectively with members of their family in healthy and uplifting ways.
  • Learn to recognize when an individual relationship or the overall family dynamic is becoming dysfunctional, and how to take steps to get back on track.

Call to Learn More

(800) 203-8249

If you or a loved one live in Texas, are suffering from an addiction, and are looking for help along the journey to recovery, call Shadow Mountain Recovery today. We are more than eager to help you, and know that our trained staff is ready and willing to guide you on the path back to an addiction-free and healthy life.


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Ripple Ranch Recovery Center


  • 2098 Texas Oaks
  • Spring Branch, TX 78070
  • Phone: (800) 203-8249

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Ripple Ranch Recovery Center

Men's + Women's Non-12-Step Residential Treatment

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2098 Texas Oaks

Spring Branch, TX 78070

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Reviews & Testimonials

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I really enjoyed my experience at Ripple. I really appreciated the approach and the attention from the staff. Being part of a smaller group made things much easier for me.

Eric Williams

The toughest part was made the greatest experience by Ms Sara Buckler. Her knowledge and her passion about recovery gave us peace that our family member would be in good hands. We are thankful for Ripple Ranch having outstanding staff and doing great things.

Gloria Beene