Counselling services

Family Counselling

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What is family therapy and what can it provide?

Family therapy is a type of counselling (psychotherapy) that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. It helps dysfunctional families become functional by introducing patterns of a healthy choice. Family therapy is often short term and may last between 6 and 12 sessions. It may include all family members, or just those most willing or able to participate. The treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation.

Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through demanding times, even after your psychotherapy sessions end. It can help your family:

  • Learn preferred interactions
  • Re-frame interactions
  • Unify goals
  • Clarify interaction dynamics
  • Create space to process and honour emotions
  • Discuss healthy relationships and explore current ones
  • Encourage self-responsibility
  • Create boundaries

What types of problems can be addressed in family therapy?

At some point in their development, all families can benefit from family therapy. Common complaints that family therapy can help with include:

  • Poor communication
  • Feeling distant from each other
  • Disagreements
  • Stress
  • Complex developmental issues
  • Teenage pregnancies
  • Co-parenting
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Blended family issues
  • Divorce
  • Post-divorce conflicts
  • Respect
  • Family roles
  • Financial stress
  • Teenage rebellion
  • Independence

Our Approach To Helping Families

Melody’s approach to family therapy is informed by experience as well as education. Thousands of hours talking to families, helping them deal with many different issues to find peace and connection, enables insightful and personalized solutions. If you are concerned about your children, how your family is communicating (or not disclosing), or struggling with a blended family, we can help you navigate what may feel like an overwhelming but necessary conversation. There are ways to find peace and harmony in your home, and we can help you to achieve this.

We were a strange little band of characters, trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant. Loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.
-Erma Bombeck