Ian Cranstoun

Ian Cranstoun

Hello my name is Dr Ian Cranstoun and I am an experienced and qualified Family Therapist who has worked in private practice, for non-government and government agencies. What I have found is that the approached used by Family Therapists produces amazing results. This has been evidenced by research which has  shown that systemic family and couple therapy is as effective and in many cases more effective than alternative interventions.

Systemic family therapy has been found to be effective for children’s and adults’ difficulties, both when individuals have acquired a mental health diagnosis and when there is more general or complex distress. It is effective across the lifecycle, spanning developmental stages from under fives to old age. I find working therapeutically with individuals together with their families and/or significant others enables the use of individuals’ relationships as a resource, and reduces stress and difficulties for all family members. Family therapy has also been found to be particularly effective during severe and complex disorders requiring extensive treatment. Systemic family therapy can sometimes include relational work with individuals, psychoeducational approaches and multiple family groups.

I like many family therapists use their skills and understandings outside traditional ‘therapy’ settings. This work is often called ‘systemic practice’.

Family Therapists describe themselves as ‘systemic psychotherapists’ to emphasise their work in areas such as consultation, publication, research, supervision, training and a variety of direct forms of work with clients other than as part of a family.

My approach is to  work respectfully and effectively with people in ways that consider their important relationships, across generations, and the different systems and contexts in which they live.

Systemic practice underpins many important developments in services and trainings in public, non-statutory and independent services in a number of jurisdictions.

My particular areas of interest are:

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Gay and Lesbian Issues
  • Families in transition
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Mediation

My qualifications are:

  • Doctor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work ( Advanced Practice)
  • Graduate Certificate of Health Sciences (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)
  • Graduate Diploma of Human Services ( Relationship Therapy)
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma of Social Work
  • I am a Certified Crucial Conversations Trainer


  • SWRB         NZ
  • AASW        Australia
  • HCPC          England

In my spare time I enjoy reading, travel, cooking, cycling and spending time with my partner, adult daughters and grandchild.