Family Counselling

 

Family Counselling is a unique form of therapy that can help create a successful family unit that is able to understand and identify the needs of the individual members and balance those needs with the well-being of the family.

The goal of the family counselling is to help family members identify how specific behaviours affect others, learn new ways of relating to each other, resolve conflicts and open lines of communication between all family members to help everyone in the family understand and support each other. This type of therapy can help when families are feeling overwhelmed, sad and angry; when they’re unsure how to move forward; or when they feel that they are repeating the same harmful behaviours over and over. If a family is dealing with changes associated with illness, mental health and substance use problems, unemployment, relocation, ageing, divorce, trauma and death and grieving, family therapy can be very helpful.

Structural family therapy is a treatment that addresses patterns of interaction that create problems within families, the focus of treatment is on changing the family structure rather than changing individual family members.

A family counsellor may:

  • Talk about each person’s hopes.
  • Encourage everyone to talk about their experiences and listen to each other.
  • Clarify each person’s beliefs, values, needs, hopes and assumptions so that everyone understands each other.
  • Help families stop blaming each other and begin exploring how everyone can work together to make positive changes.
  • Help people understand the impact of their words and behaviours on other members of the family.
  • Help families talk about the challenges they’re facing.
  • Support families as they work through their own goals.