Family Therapy in Victoria, BC

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Photo of Anna Chadwick, Counsellor in Victoria, BC
Anna Chadwick
Counsellor, MA, RCC, DVATI
Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Has your family been impacted by grief, loss, mental health challenges or life transitions? Have you or a family member witnessed or experienced interpersonal violence or trauma? As a registered clinical counselor and art therapist, I support children, youth, adults, and caregivers to bridge connections by exploring these issues with safety and acceptance. My approach to counselling is relational, client-centered and trauma informed, and I utilize evidence-based modalities from my training in art therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and somatic therapy.
Has your family been impacted by grief, loss, mental health challenges or life transitions? Have you or a family member witnessed or experienced interpersonal violence or trauma? As a registered clinical counselor and art therapist, I support children, youth, adults, and caregivers to bridge connections by exploring these issues with safety and acceptance. My approach to counselling is relational, client-centered and trauma informed, and I utilize evidence-based modalities from my training in art therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and somatic therapy.
(782) 800-8375 View (782) 800-8375
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Susan McConnell
Counsellor, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
I am committed to supporting you to find the growth you are seeking, whether at the level of your personal, relationship, family or spiritual life.
You may be struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship difficulties, anger or other difficult emotions, reaction to trauma, parenting or caring for other dependents. As a skilled and compassionate counselor, I can help by supporting you in cultivating kindness to yourself, finding new and more helpful patterns of thought and behavior, and creating a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
I am committed to supporting you to find the growth you are seeking, whether at the level of your personal, relationship, family or spiritual life.
You may be struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship difficulties, anger or other difficult emotions, reaction to trauma, parenting or caring for other dependents. As a skilled and compassionate counselor, I can help by supporting you in cultivating kindness to yourself, finding new and more helpful patterns of thought and behavior, and creating a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
(855) 628-0515 View (855) 628-0515
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Sarah Bourdon
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8V
At Calm Kids Counselling, I provide support for children, youth, and families experiencing challenges related to school and/or home. Using a child-centered approach, I work with families to build balance and connection through a focus on strengths, problem-solving and coping skills, and play. My areas of practice include social and emotional difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma, school avoidance and anxiety, parenting skills, prenatal and postpartum health, and peer and family relationships.
At Calm Kids Counselling, I provide support for children, youth, and families experiencing challenges related to school and/or home. Using a child-centered approach, I work with families to build balance and connection through a focus on strengths, problem-solving and coping skills, and play. My areas of practice include social and emotional difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma, school avoidance and anxiety, parenting skills, prenatal and postpartum health, and peer and family relationships.
(888) 284-5490 View (888) 284-5490
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Danielle van Schaik
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V9C
Welcome! I know life can be hard. Just when we think things are going right, something happens to shift everything off balance. Even at the best of times, we are dealing with all kinds of stress (ex. money, family, work). This is why I got into counselling; because I truly believe that with 1:1 support you are provided a whole new avenue to explore those feelings, emotions, behaviours, and find practical tools to experience relief. While I counsel adults and couples, I also really enjoying counselling children and youth. I'm accepting new clients, so please reach out!
Welcome! I know life can be hard. Just when we think things are going right, something happens to shift everything off balance. Even at the best of times, we are dealing with all kinds of stress (ex. money, family, work). This is why I got into counselling; because I truly believe that with 1:1 support you are provided a whole new avenue to explore those feelings, emotions, behaviours, and find practical tools to experience relief. While I counsel adults and couples, I also really enjoying counselling children and youth. I'm accepting new clients, so please reach out!
(506) 306-5002 View (506) 306-5002
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Jenna Berg Counselling
Counsellor, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8W
Hello There! I am a somatic, experiential and relational therapist. I work with attachment (relationships), trauma (religious, family & relationship), and lots of different mood struggles. I love spending time dancing, playing on a playground, watching comedians, and spending time with my family people. I work to hold a space where you can be your true self and feel accepted by my true self. I enjoy helping individuals, friends and family dyads work through conflict, grief, and attachment healing. I love this work and have a caring, playful, and present energy.
Hello There! I am a somatic, experiential and relational therapist. I work with attachment (relationships), trauma (religious, family & relationship), and lots of different mood struggles. I love spending time dancing, playing on a playground, watching comedians, and spending time with my family people. I work to hold a space where you can be your true self and feel accepted by my true self. I enjoy helping individuals, friends and family dyads work through conflict, grief, and attachment healing. I love this work and have a caring, playful, and present energy.
(778) 770-1849 View (778) 770-1849
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Healthy Relationships BC
MEd, RCC
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8T
Being in relationship is work and there are many factors that add stress to family life.
Relationships troubles affect us all and I am here to help guide you through the tough issues and get you back on track. Whether you have a past trauma re surfacing, sexual desire problems or intimacy issues, I am here to talk with you and give you some exercises to get you back to satisfying sex. I am an accredited sex therapist and I have 10 years of experience working with people in relationships. I also work with individuals on a host of other issues such as social anxiety or sexual preference, and gender variance. I enjoy working with an inclusive range of clients.
Being in relationship is work and there are many factors that add stress to family life.
Relationships troubles affect us all and I am here to help guide you through the tough issues and get you back on track. Whether you have a past trauma re surfacing, sexual desire problems or intimacy issues, I am here to talk with you and give you some exercises to get you back to satisfying sex. I am an accredited sex therapist and I have 10 years of experience working with people in relationships. I also work with individuals on a host of other issues such as social anxiety or sexual preference, and gender variance. I enjoy working with an inclusive range of clients.
(855) 971-1813 View (855) 971-1813
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Fairfield Psychology and Oak Bay Psychology
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8S
We offer a holistic, individualized approach that draws upon our training and experience in areas such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), ADHD, somatics, Internal Family Systems (IFS), mindfulness, self-compassion, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
We provide community-based psychology and counselling sessions in the Greater Victoria area. Have you been looking to get started with counselling? We offer individual sessions for adults and teens ages 12+ with Registered Psychologists (RPsych) and Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC). We are also offering reduced rate $20 sessions with our Master's level practicum students. In person and online sessions available. Weekday, weekend, and evening appointments are available. NEW: Now with two locations at Fairfield Psychology and Oak Bay Psychology.
We offer a holistic, individualized approach that draws upon our training and experience in areas such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), ADHD, somatics, Internal Family Systems (IFS), mindfulness, self-compassion, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
We provide community-based psychology and counselling sessions in the Greater Victoria area. Have you been looking to get started with counselling? We offer individual sessions for adults and teens ages 12+ with Registered Psychologists (RPsych) and Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC). We are also offering reduced rate $20 sessions with our Master's level practicum students. In person and online sessions available. Weekday, weekend, and evening appointments are available. NEW: Now with two locations at Fairfield Psychology and Oak Bay Psychology.
(778) 949-6065 View (778) 949-6065
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Lauren Kniewasser
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8V
2S, Queer, and Trans friendly and I'm accepting new clients! I am a settler from unceded Algonquin territory living on the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa Nation. I am a strong believer in social justice and I work with adults and teens who want support with anxiety, depression, trauma, systemic oppression and bullying, substance use, family and relationship conflict, 2Slgbtqia+ identity, attachment wounds, and whatever you feel you need support with. I love nature and outdoor sports, expressing myself through art, and laughing with friends. Humour and playing help me feel alive and most like myself.
2S, Queer, and Trans friendly and I'm accepting new clients! I am a settler from unceded Algonquin territory living on the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa Nation. I am a strong believer in social justice and I work with adults and teens who want support with anxiety, depression, trauma, systemic oppression and bullying, substance use, family and relationship conflict, 2Slgbtqia+ identity, attachment wounds, and whatever you feel you need support with. I love nature and outdoor sports, expressing myself through art, and laughing with friends. Humour and playing help me feel alive and most like myself.
(579) 977-1144 View (579) 977-1144
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Bryan Milonja
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
7 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8Z  (Online Only)
In my practice I work with adults (individuals, couples, families). My specialty areas include complex trauma & PTSD (with a focus on the impact of emotional/physical/sexual abuse in childhood & beyond), depression, bipolar disorder, social anxiety, borderline personality, men's issues, intimate relationships, family relationships. I also help people navigate a wide range of challenges related to identity, relationship to self/others, life transitions, & stress. My clinical background includes working as a therapist at an early psychosis & bipolar clinic, an addictions & criminality recovery program, and a men's trauma centre.
In my practice I work with adults (individuals, couples, families). My specialty areas include complex trauma & PTSD (with a focus on the impact of emotional/physical/sexual abuse in childhood & beyond), depression, bipolar disorder, social anxiety, borderline personality, men's issues, intimate relationships, family relationships. I also help people navigate a wide range of challenges related to identity, relationship to self/others, life transitions, & stress. My clinical background includes working as a therapist at an early psychosis & bipolar clinic, an addictions & criminality recovery program, and a men's trauma centre.
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Heidi Nottelman
Counsellor, BHkin, MACP, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8Z
I utilize an integration of evidence-based modalities including ACT, CBT, DBT, Internal Family System (IFS), and Strength-based and Solution-focused therapies.
Navigating the struggles of life, and our emotional and mental well-being, can be an isolating experience. As a clinical counsellor, I offer a safe, respectful, and compassionate space to share your story. In our counselling sessions, we collaboratively explore the thoughts, emotions, and experiences that inform your perspective, and utilize your innate strengths to promote meaningful growth and healing. My background in rehabilitation informs this holistic perspective of connecting emotional, mental, and physical well-being, to foster greater self-compassion and understanding.
I utilize an integration of evidence-based modalities including ACT, CBT, DBT, Internal Family System (IFS), and Strength-based and Solution-focused therapies.
Navigating the struggles of life, and our emotional and mental well-being, can be an isolating experience. As a clinical counsellor, I offer a safe, respectful, and compassionate space to share your story. In our counselling sessions, we collaboratively explore the thoughts, emotions, and experiences that inform your perspective, and utilize your innate strengths to promote meaningful growth and healing. My background in rehabilitation informs this holistic perspective of connecting emotional, mental, and physical well-being, to foster greater self-compassion and understanding.
(431) 341-2028 View (431) 341-2028
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Cate C Pelling
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Victoria, BC V8X
Before working in private practice, I worked for a number of years in clinical settings - working in the areas of mental health, trauma, adolescent issues and couple and family work.
Our working relationship is focused on achieving positive change in your life. I believe that counselling provides clients with the conditions and support they need to overcome problems and live their life more fully. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA in Counselling Psychology. I have been in private practice since 2003 working with individuals, couples and families. My graduate research focused on attachment, trauma and couple relationships.
Before working in private practice, I worked for a number of years in clinical settings - working in the areas of mental health, trauma, adolescent issues and couple and family work.
Our working relationship is focused on achieving positive change in your life. I believe that counselling provides clients with the conditions and support they need to overcome problems and live their life more fully. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA in Counselling Psychology. I have been in private practice since 2003 working with individuals, couples and families. My graduate research focused on attachment, trauma and couple relationships.
(778) 906-8818 View (778) 906-8818
Photo of Sophia M Van Vuuren, Psychologist in Victoria, BC
Sophia M Van Vuuren
Psychologist, MA, RPsych
Verified
Victoria, BC V8T
Children and Parents need counselling to protect them during this stressfull family changes.
Psychotherapy is the confidential process where you can get insight from an experienced registered Psychologist in understanding how life-stressors can interfere with your thinking patterns, feelings, beliefs, needs, behaviour and relationships. Prolonged exposure to stress, unhappiness, conflict, trauma, abuse or problematic relationships can lead to anxiety, depression, grief, anger or other behavioural problems. Brain research clearly indicated that early psychological intervention can prevent mental and physical illnesses. Clients now have the opportunity to be proactive and learn the skills on how to protect their mental health, restore their competence and happiness and develop a strong sense of well-being and resiliency.
Children and Parents need counselling to protect them during this stressfull family changes.
Psychotherapy is the confidential process where you can get insight from an experienced registered Psychologist in understanding how life-stressors can interfere with your thinking patterns, feelings, beliefs, needs, behaviour and relationships. Prolonged exposure to stress, unhappiness, conflict, trauma, abuse or problematic relationships can lead to anxiety, depression, grief, anger or other behavioural problems. Brain research clearly indicated that early psychological intervention can prevent mental and physical illnesses. Clients now have the opportunity to be proactive and learn the skills on how to protect their mental health, restore their competence and happiness and develop a strong sense of well-being and resiliency.
(778) 767-5948 View (778) 767-5948
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Carin Kietaibl
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified
Victoria, BC V9B
Hello! I am a registered psychologist with experience working with adults, children and families. I find my work rewarding and my clients inspiring. I work from an integrated perspective to best meet client needs. I have worked in different counselling roles for over ten years, and have experience with a range of concerns, including trauma, stress, coping with life changes, depression and anxiety. I also have experience helping clients work through family relationship struggles and child behaviour concerns, and to improve life balance.
Hello! I am a registered psychologist with experience working with adults, children and families. I find my work rewarding and my clients inspiring. I work from an integrated perspective to best meet client needs. I have worked in different counselling roles for over ten years, and have experience with a range of concerns, including trauma, stress, coping with life changes, depression and anxiety. I also have experience helping clients work through family relationship struggles and child behaviour concerns, and to improve life balance.
(778) 401-0708 View (778) 401-0708
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China Lloyd
Counsellor, MA, MACP, RCC, CCC, RYT-500
Verified
3 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8P
I am a licensed clinical counsellor and contemplative psychotherapist who has worked in the field of mental health and wellness for over 15 years. I work with individuals in a variety of capacities, helping them through concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma (both acute and complex), OCD, addiction and self-esteem. I have an MA in Counselling Psychology and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies. I use an integrative, systemic approach that includes psychodynamic (Internal Family Systems), somatic, cognitive-behavioral, narrative and mindfulness based models.
I am a licensed clinical counsellor and contemplative psychotherapist who has worked in the field of mental health and wellness for over 15 years. I work with individuals in a variety of capacities, helping them through concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma (both acute and complex), OCD, addiction and self-esteem. I have an MA in Counselling Psychology and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies. I use an integrative, systemic approach that includes psychodynamic (Internal Family Systems), somatic, cognitive-behavioral, narrative and mindfulness based models.
(431) 631-7130 View (431) 631-7130
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Maxine (Fisher) Saunders
Counsellor, MEd, RCC, MTA, Music, Therapy
Verified
Victoria, BC V8X
Call to learn more about how online & phone can support you & your family.
Healthy change is possible and you do not have to face challenges alone. It can be very difficult to seek help and reach out during hard times. If you are reading this then you have already taken the first step towards well being. Finding a counsellor who you feel comfortable with is an essential part of the healing process. I would be happy to talk with you. Supporting individuals, families, youth and children for over 24 years. This is the time to take the best care of ourselves and our loved ones. Triggers arise now more than ever and support is available.
Call to learn more about how online & phone can support you & your family.
Healthy change is possible and you do not have to face challenges alone. It can be very difficult to seek help and reach out during hard times. If you are reading this then you have already taken the first step towards well being. Finding a counsellor who you feel comfortable with is an essential part of the healing process. I would be happy to talk with you. Supporting individuals, families, youth and children for over 24 years. This is the time to take the best care of ourselves and our loved ones. Triggers arise now more than ever and support is available.
(250) 800-2303 View (250) 800-2303
Photo of Mila Morrison, Pre-Licensed Professional in Victoria, BC
Mila Morrison
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8W
I have a particular interest in working deeply with issues that include developmental trauma and neglect, family estrangement, body image, relationships, and adult children/other relatives of Deaf adults.
I work with individuals and couples who want deep healing and growth, not just symptom management. My clients often find themselves repeating patterns of behaviour, feelings or relationships that they can't seem to shift. This might come with feelings of anxiety and/or depression, hopelessness, and physical pain. Maybe you have the sense that you are completely alone in this, or you feel that your past is dictating your future. I know how it feels to see no way out, and I am deeply passionate about walking alongside you in processing the emotions and trauma that are constraining your life, making it difficult to feel free.
I have a particular interest in working deeply with issues that include developmental trauma and neglect, family estrangement, body image, relationships, and adult children/other relatives of Deaf adults.
I work with individuals and couples who want deep healing and growth, not just symptom management. My clients often find themselves repeating patterns of behaviour, feelings or relationships that they can't seem to shift. This might come with feelings of anxiety and/or depression, hopelessness, and physical pain. Maybe you have the sense that you are completely alone in this, or you feel that your past is dictating your future. I know how it feels to see no way out, and I am deeply passionate about walking alongside you in processing the emotions and trauma that are constraining your life, making it difficult to feel free.
(249) 503-3971 View (249) 503-3971
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Sylvia O Raju
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified
Victoria, BC V8R
Trained in family systems theory and intersectionality, I have found it can also be helpful to incorporate Expressive-Play Therapies (including sand tray), alongside more traditional forms of talk therapy.
Does your life feel out of balance? Do you struggle to slow down? Are anger or sadness too present in your life? Is your child or teen struggling and you just don’t know how to help them? You are not alone. With 20 years of mental health counselling experience, I can confidently offer you a safe, and supportive space in which to explore and work through challenges. Sometimes we all hold on to issues longer than we need too - but in the context of a healthy therapeutic relationship, it is amazing how much healing can take place. When you feel ready, please reach out.
Trained in family systems theory and intersectionality, I have found it can also be helpful to incorporate Expressive-Play Therapies (including sand tray), alongside more traditional forms of talk therapy.
Does your life feel out of balance? Do you struggle to slow down? Are anger or sadness too present in your life? Is your child or teen struggling and you just don’t know how to help them? You are not alone. With 20 years of mental health counselling experience, I can confidently offer you a safe, and supportive space in which to explore and work through challenges. Sometimes we all hold on to issues longer than we need too - but in the context of a healthy therapeutic relationship, it is amazing how much healing can take place. When you feel ready, please reach out.
(778) 767-2379 View (778) 767-2379
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Jude Marleau
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V8R  (Online Only)
My counselling practice focuses on helping people heal from the effects of relational trauma and PTSD. I specialize in helping people whose trauma occurred because of historical and recent sexualized violence, intimate relationship abuse (including same-sex abuse and women's use of violence) as well as helping people heal from family-of-origin issues and dynamics. I also support people who are exploring sexual issues, sexuality and sexual orientation, gender diversity and expressions, self-esteem, and boundaries within relationships. I am trained in EMDR and Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy. I also offer Clinical Supervision.
My counselling practice focuses on helping people heal from the effects of relational trauma and PTSD. I specialize in helping people whose trauma occurred because of historical and recent sexualized violence, intimate relationship abuse (including same-sex abuse and women's use of violence) as well as helping people heal from family-of-origin issues and dynamics. I also support people who are exploring sexual issues, sexuality and sexual orientation, gender diversity and expressions, self-esteem, and boundaries within relationships. I am trained in EMDR and Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy. I also offer Clinical Supervision.
(506) 713-2212 View (506) 713-2212
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Josh Slatkoff
Psychologist, RPsych, (BC)
Verified
Victoria, BC V8W
I am a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1774) who sees adult clients in Victoria, BC. I work with clients to develop coping skills to face challenges and accept limitations. I believe that clients benefit most from therapy when it matches their unique needs for emotional and personal growth. I use several research-supported approaches (e.g., Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to address: depression, social anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), adjustment to chronic pain, trauma, anger management, stress management, life transitions, parenting, and family relationships.
I am a Registered Psychologist (CPBC #1774) who sees adult clients in Victoria, BC. I work with clients to develop coping skills to face challenges and accept limitations. I believe that clients benefit most from therapy when it matches their unique needs for emotional and personal growth. I use several research-supported approaches (e.g., Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, EMDR, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to address: depression, social anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessions and compulsions (OCD), adjustment to chronic pain, trauma, anger management, stress management, life transitions, parenting, and family relationships.
(855) 515-2981 View (855) 515-2981
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Kendra Stone
Counsellor
Verified
1 Endorsed
Victoria, BC V9B
Additionally, I believe that empowering caregivers either independently or with their child or partner through emotionally focused family interventions strengthens the family system as a whole.
As a neurodivergent and highly sensitive person, I understand what it is like to experience the world with greater intensity. My person-centered approach situates the client as their own expert, with myself as the guide towards a variety of counselling goals such as increased self-awareness and insight, building a toolkit of skills or unlearning maladaptive ways of feeling, thinking and responding. Utilizing mindfulness, somatic, cognitive, emotionally focused, dialectical behavioral, harm-reduction and narrative techniques, I strive to help clients 10 and up regain agency through acceptance and management.
Additionally, I believe that empowering caregivers either independently or with their child or partner through emotionally focused family interventions strengthens the family system as a whole.
As a neurodivergent and highly sensitive person, I understand what it is like to experience the world with greater intensity. My person-centered approach situates the client as their own expert, with myself as the guide towards a variety of counselling goals such as increased self-awareness and insight, building a toolkit of skills or unlearning maladaptive ways of feeling, thinking and responding. Utilizing mindfulness, somatic, cognitive, emotionally focused, dialectical behavioral, harm-reduction and narrative techniques, I strive to help clients 10 and up regain agency through acceptance and management.
(709) 703-4645 View (709) 703-4645

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Family Therapy Counsellors

What do family therapists do?

A family therapist facilitates the process of understanding and improving how a family functions. The therapist will help family members develop empathy for one another. They’ll seek to understand existing patterns, misunderstandings, and conflicts that arise, in order to help the family arrive at a realistic, unified understanding and develop the coping skills they need to build stronger relationships.

How long does therapy for families take to work?

Therapy manifests differently in every family; a common time frame is 12 weekly sessions, but some families may see improvement after just a few weeks. Families should discuss their goals with the therapist at the beginning of the process and periodically revisit those goals to assess their progress together.

How can you encourage a family member to attend family therapy?

You can encourage family members to attend therapy by expressing with both love and concern the challenges you see and explaining how a therapist could help the family navigate those challenges together. An outside perspective can help everyone feel heard, get on the same page, and develop new skills. If family members are still hesitant, it may be helpful to emphasize that family therapy is short-term—it won’t last forever.

Is therapy for families effective?

Family therapy can significantly improve family dynamics and relationships. Research suggests that family therapy can help individuals understand their role in the family, communicate and solve problems together, reduce conflict and draw boundaries when necessary, and develop coping skills for stressors, major life changes, and mental or physical illnesses within the family.