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What is Family Counselling?

Family counselling, or family therapy, works to strengthen and enhance the lives of families, couples and individuals, through collaboration and working to improve the conditions that affect family and individual functioning. Family counselling can be beneficial for two or more members of the family who want to understand, work through issues, or resolve crisis or conflict situations. Some families may wish to improve and maintain current relationships, and some may have a stressful event that is a trigger for initiating therapy. These may include: a divorce, a death in the family, substance abuse issues, or anger issues.

 

Counseling for families often occurs with all members of the family unit present. This may not always be the case. A family member who suffers from alcoholism or drug addiction might not attend sessions, and might actually be the reason why other family members seek out counseling.

 

In family therapy, the therapist aims to observe interactions between family members. In addition, the therapist attempts to observe the perception of non-interacting family members. If a conflict or an argument arises in session, the therapist will help each of the members understand some of the core issues individually and between members. Family counselling often teaches family members new and more positive ways to communicate to replace old, negative communication patterns.

 

Your first session involves initial assessment of your well being and a thorough intake of your personal history and background. Subsequent therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length, and are unique to each individual treatment plan.

 

Family Counselling in Etobicoke

Family counselling services offered by Carly Clifton include: family therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), counselling for families, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), group counselling, group therapy, psychodynamic therapy, relationship counselling, and relationship therapy.