Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 165–180 | Cite as

A systemic belief approach to epileptic seizures: A case of being spellbound

  • Lorraine M. Wright
  • Peggy Simpson


A systemic treatment approach, namely systemic belief therapy, has been found to be useful when dealing with families constraining beliefs when experiencing physical health problems. Two interventions which facilitate the altering of constraining beliefs are the externalization of physical symptoms and therapeutic letters. Epileptic seizures are examined in the context of the interaction between families and health care professionals. A case example is presented which highlights the use of this systemic approach to assist a young couple in challenging their beliefs about their ability to control and monitor epileptic seizures.


Health Care Health Problem Physical Health Health Psychology Systemic Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lorraine M. Wright
    • 1
  • Peggy Simpson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Department of OrthopedicsFoothills HospitalCalgaryCanada

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