Family Therapy in Barrie, ON

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Jody Copeland
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, OACCPP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
A degree and a Family Mediation Diploma.
My practice has been in business for almost a decade, if you are looking for the premier clinic in Barrie, Ontario this is the place for you. We provide exceptional therapy at affordable prices and use our years of experience to ensure you are getting the most out of the experience. "I believe we all have the ability to heal emotional wounds and to thrive; my role is to facilitate that healing process".
A degree and a Family Mediation Diploma.
My practice has been in business for almost a decade, if you are looking for the premier clinic in Barrie, Ontario this is the place for you. We provide exceptional therapy at affordable prices and use our years of experience to ensure you are getting the most out of the experience. "I believe we all have the ability to heal emotional wounds and to thrive; my role is to facilitate that healing process".
(249) 294-0093 View (249) 294-0093
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Crystal Pacheco
Registered Social Worker, HBA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Welcome to my page! I am extremely happy that you have made the first step to look for support. Within the counselling that I provide for clients, I use a soft welcoming approach where my ethics are valued with my clients by developing a working alliance that feels safe and trusting. I offer both virtual and in-person sessions. I embrace working with clients with different age groups such as Children, Youth, and Adults. I also offer Individual, Couples or Family counselling based on your needs and goals. I am also passionate about working with clients with Autism and Social Needs.
Welcome to my page! I am extremely happy that you have made the first step to look for support. Within the counselling that I provide for clients, I use a soft welcoming approach where my ethics are valued with my clients by developing a working alliance that feels safe and trusting. I offer both virtual and in-person sessions. I embrace working with clients with different age groups such as Children, Youth, and Adults. I also offer Individual, Couples or Family counselling based on your needs and goals. I am also passionate about working with clients with Autism and Social Needs.
(289) 763-9898 View (289) 763-9898
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Family TLC
Registered Social Worker, MEd, Counsel, BAFN, CYC, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
Through our free intake process Family TLC clients are matched with a therapist that meets their needs.
Are life struggles causing you unhappiness? It can get better. We are a group of highly trained psychotherapists, social workers and mediators. Many with over 25 years of experience in the field. Hundreds of individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents have benefited from our services. At Family TLC we truly believe in you and that you are bigger than the concern. With our diversely experienced team we are confident that a potential client will find someone best suited to their concerns that will help them make positive changes in their life.
Through our free intake process Family TLC clients are matched with a therapist that meets their needs.
Are life struggles causing you unhappiness? It can get better. We are a group of highly trained psychotherapists, social workers and mediators. Many with over 25 years of experience in the field. Hundreds of individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents have benefited from our services. At Family TLC we truly believe in you and that you are bigger than the concern. With our diversely experienced team we are confident that a potential client will find someone best suited to their concerns that will help them make positive changes in their life.
(844) 332-2854 View (844) 332-2854
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Shaina Charles
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Here's the good news: OCD recovery is possible! As a clinician trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP) therapy (the gold-standard treatment for OCD), I will collaborate with you and your family to support you.
Perhaps it started with one or two jarring and disturbing thoughts or images or an unshakable feeling that something wasn't right. Desperate to get rid of this unsettling experience, you performed a behaviour or mental act that you just felt compelled to complete, and at first, it seemed to help. Now you are caught in a vicious cycle where you feel the overwhelming urge to engage in certain thoughts or behaviours over and over in search of relief. You're stuck, and you desperately want to get out. If you can relate, you are not alone. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an experience that affects 1-2% of the population.
Here's the good news: OCD recovery is possible! As a clinician trained in Exposure and Response Prevention (Ex/RP) therapy (the gold-standard treatment for OCD), I will collaborate with you and your family to support you.
Perhaps it started with one or two jarring and disturbing thoughts or images or an unshakable feeling that something wasn't right. Desperate to get rid of this unsettling experience, you performed a behaviour or mental act that you just felt compelled to complete, and at first, it seemed to help. Now you are caught in a vicious cycle where you feel the overwhelming urge to engage in certain thoughts or behaviours over and over in search of relief. You're stuck, and you desperately want to get out. If you can relate, you are not alone. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an experience that affects 1-2% of the population.
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Jill Bates
Registered Social Worker, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
Connecting to a therapist, whether it’s your first time or not, can be a daunting and deeply vulnerable task. This is true for all, but especially for transgender youth, or their caregivers. Finding the “right fit” in a therapeutic connection is an important part of the process. My goal within a therapeutic connection is to bring gentle curiosity, patience, and deep care as we journey through therapy together. I have formal clinical training in several different evidence-based counselling modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS)
Connecting to a therapist, whether it’s your first time or not, can be a daunting and deeply vulnerable task. This is true for all, but especially for transgender youth, or their caregivers. Finding the “right fit” in a therapeutic connection is an important part of the process. My goal within a therapeutic connection is to bring gentle curiosity, patience, and deep care as we journey through therapy together. I have formal clinical training in several different evidence-based counselling modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS)
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Marilyn Winters
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
I provide individual, couple and family therapy addressing issues including, anxiety, depression and grief/loss.
You may be struggling with pain and trauma from the past that has negatively impacted your view of self, others and the world. Or maybe you are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by the chaos of life, stuck in the mundane or immobilized by fear. Perhaps you are feeling alone or disconnected in your relationship or are caught in a negative loop of guilt, shame and blame. None of us are immune to pain and we all have different ways of coping. Are you hoping to learn new ways to deal with stress and experience more joy and peace? Would you like to live more authentically and to develop more deeper and enriching relationships?
I provide individual, couple and family therapy addressing issues including, anxiety, depression and grief/loss.
You may be struggling with pain and trauma from the past that has negatively impacted your view of self, others and the world. Or maybe you are feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by the chaos of life, stuck in the mundane or immobilized by fear. Perhaps you are feeling alone or disconnected in your relationship or are caught in a negative loop of guilt, shame and blame. None of us are immune to pain and we all have different ways of coping. Are you hoping to learn new ways to deal with stress and experience more joy and peace? Would you like to live more authentically and to develop more deeper and enriching relationships?
(249) 501-9235 View (249) 501-9235
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Michelle Harris & Associates
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, TITC-CT, CTP-C
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Providing in-person sessions in Barrie and virtually to all Ontario residents. We are a team made up of Registered Social Workers (MSW) who specialize in providing psychotherapy to children (7+), teens (13+), young adults and individuals along with offering parent coaching and consultation. Using evidenced based practices we help you find answers for change for you, for your child or for your family. Working together we can build on existing strengths and skills to make positive life changes. Each approach will be tailored to you, your child or your family's needs and designed with your goal in mind.
Providing in-person sessions in Barrie and virtually to all Ontario residents. We are a team made up of Registered Social Workers (MSW) who specialize in providing psychotherapy to children (7+), teens (13+), young adults and individuals along with offering parent coaching and consultation. Using evidenced based practices we help you find answers for change for you, for your child or for your family. Working together we can build on existing strengths and skills to make positive life changes. Each approach will be tailored to you, your child or your family's needs and designed with your goal in mind.
(705) 243-3971 View (705) 243-3971
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Jim van Schie
Registered Psychotherapist, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
I spent many years running a specialized program that supported teenage boys in overcoming their challenges with family conflict, peer issues, grief, anger, and depression.
Hi, my name is Jim, I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO) and have a background as a Child and Youth Counsellor. I have been practicing in this field for over 30 years.
I spent many years running a specialized program that supported teenage boys in overcoming their challenges with family conflict, peer issues, grief, anger, and depression.
Hi, my name is Jim, I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario (CRPO) and have a background as a Child and Youth Counsellor. I have been practicing in this field for over 30 years.
(249) 492-5398 View (249) 492-5398
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Gillian Freeman
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M  (Online Only)
Are you, your child/ teenager or spouse having difficulties? Going through a separation and divorce? Life is filled with struggles that at times we need assistance with. Taking that first step to ask for assistance can be extremely difficult. I am a registered social worker with over twenty-five (25) years of experience working with children, youth, adults, couples and families in the field of family dynamics, trauma, grief and mental health. I operate from a client centered strengths-based approach where we can work through things collaboratively.
Are you, your child/ teenager or spouse having difficulties? Going through a separation and divorce? Life is filled with struggles that at times we need assistance with. Taking that first step to ask for assistance can be extremely difficult. I am a registered social worker with over twenty-five (25) years of experience working with children, youth, adults, couples and families in the field of family dynamics, trauma, grief and mental health. I operate from a client centered strengths-based approach where we can work through things collaboratively.
(249) 508-5846 View (249) 508-5846
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Jordan Mason
Registered Social Worker, BRE, RSSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
Are you overwhelmed by stress and anxiety? Do you feel like you're done, fed up, tired of the fighting? Are you unsure of how you got to this place, and unable to move forward? Struggling to communicate or to express yourself in relationships? Whether it's a marriage, your family or just personally, we can help work together to change your life, one step at a time.
Are you overwhelmed by stress and anxiety? Do you feel like you're done, fed up, tired of the fighting? Are you unsure of how you got to this place, and unable to move forward? Struggling to communicate or to express yourself in relationships? Whether it's a marriage, your family or just personally, we can help work together to change your life, one step at a time.
(705) 996-1235 View (705) 996-1235
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Steph Nesbit
Registered Psychotherapist, MC, CCC, CPC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4M
I use narrative, CBT and family systems approaches with a trauma-informed, brain/body connection, and attachment lens.
As a psychotherapist, I bring over 20 years of past experience in Christian ministry and journalism. Your story is uniquely yours. I will help you talk about the hard parts of your life story, understand how it's shaped you and set goals for the way forward. As I ask questions, I'll listen with curiosity to create a safe space that brings clarity, new meaning and hope. Whether you want to reduce stress and anxiety, navigate difficult relationships, or recover from loss, I'm committed to having conversations that allow you to process your thoughts, emotions and actions, gain perspective and find freedom from stuck places.
I use narrative, CBT and family systems approaches with a trauma-informed, brain/body connection, and attachment lens.
As a psychotherapist, I bring over 20 years of past experience in Christian ministry and journalism. Your story is uniquely yours. I will help you talk about the hard parts of your life story, understand how it's shaped you and set goals for the way forward. As I ask questions, I'll listen with curiosity to create a safe space that brings clarity, new meaning and hope. Whether you want to reduce stress and anxiety, navigate difficult relationships, or recover from loss, I'm committed to having conversations that allow you to process your thoughts, emotions and actions, gain perspective and find freedom from stuck places.
(249) 490-8611 View (249) 490-8611
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Kim M Kitchen
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, OAMHP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
I worked for 17 years providing community based therapy/counselling as an Addictions Therapist with a premier mental health and addictions hospital. Recently I have been the Senior Clinician with a community based mental health services program. I offer personalized and confidential services with a non-judgemental, empathic, and supportive approach. Along with Addiction based services for individuals and their family members, I have worked extensively with parent-teen and family based conflict, relationships, domestic violence, trauma, anger management and conflict resolution, mental health (eg. anxiety, depression, grief/loss, OCD, stress, suicide) as well as school refusal and peer difficulties.
I worked for 17 years providing community based therapy/counselling as an Addictions Therapist with a premier mental health and addictions hospital. Recently I have been the Senior Clinician with a community based mental health services program. I offer personalized and confidential services with a non-judgemental, empathic, and supportive approach. Along with Addiction based services for individuals and their family members, I have worked extensively with parent-teen and family based conflict, relationships, domestic violence, trauma, anger management and conflict resolution, mental health (eg. anxiety, depression, grief/loss, OCD, stress, suicide) as well as school refusal and peer difficulties.
(844) 334-6624 View (844) 334-6624
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Tatyana Bashkatova
Registered Psychotherapist, MPsy, RP, AAC
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
The modalities are Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Emotion-Image Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Addiction Counselling, and the Gottman Method.
Visit me at www.insightcentre.ca. Life tends to offer us circumstances and relationships that challenge our ability to manage our feelings and cope with difficult situations. At times, we find ourselves vulnerable, lost, frustrated, angry, sad or weak and struggling to find solutions on our own. If this is the case for you, I am happy to offer all my knowledge and experience to assist you with working through your issues and promoting self-change and improvement in your relationships.
The modalities are Gestalt Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Emotion-Image Therapy, Art Therapy, Psychodrama, Addiction Counselling, and the Gottman Method.
Visit me at www.insightcentre.ca. Life tends to offer us circumstances and relationships that challenge our ability to manage our feelings and cope with difficult situations. At times, we find ourselves vulnerable, lost, frustrated, angry, sad or weak and struggling to find solutions on our own. If this is the case for you, I am happy to offer all my knowledge and experience to assist you with working through your issues and promoting self-change and improvement in your relationships.
(249) 503-8530 View (249) 503-8530
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Alaina Clarke
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RP
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N  (Online Only)
I have training and experience in CBT, trauma, attachment, anxiety and other mood concerns, relationship issues, family issues, and work-related stress.
Accepting new clients virtually - - Anxiety, Panic, Overwhelm, Chronic Stress - These experiences can make you feel helpless & alone. I am passionate about helping people understand how anxiety & mood issues operate and how to begin to heal. Having provided counselling for over 10 years, my priority is to create a space that is welcoming & safe so that you feel able & willing to explore your concerns & challenges. I strive to understand you for the unique person that you are. I believe all humans are experts in their own lives & that the therapeutic process can allow movement towards better balance, well being & overall health.
I have training and experience in CBT, trauma, attachment, anxiety and other mood concerns, relationship issues, family issues, and work-related stress.
Accepting new clients virtually - - Anxiety, Panic, Overwhelm, Chronic Stress - These experiences can make you feel helpless & alone. I am passionate about helping people understand how anxiety & mood issues operate and how to begin to heal. Having provided counselling for over 10 years, my priority is to create a space that is welcoming & safe so that you feel able & willing to explore your concerns & challenges. I strive to understand you for the unique person that you are. I believe all humans are experts in their own lives & that the therapeutic process can allow movement towards better balance, well being & overall health.
(289) 763-9898 View (289) 763-9898
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Collective Care Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
Collective Care Counselling offers individual, couples and family therapy through a wide range of holistic and evidence-based methods to support your healing.
Are you navigating questions about your sexual orientation or gender identity? Are your experiencing relationship distress? Are you healing from the loss of a loved one? At Collective Care Counselling, we specialize in the following areas: trauma, grief and loss, spirituality, gender identity, transitioning, LGBTQIA2s+, perinatal mental health, OCD, BDD, neurodiversity (ADHD, autism, etc.), concussions, and many other topics. All of our therapists work from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, anti-oppressive and intersectional framework.
Collective Care Counselling offers individual, couples and family therapy through a wide range of holistic and evidence-based methods to support your healing.
Are you navigating questions about your sexual orientation or gender identity? Are your experiencing relationship distress? Are you healing from the loss of a loved one? At Collective Care Counselling, we specialize in the following areas: trauma, grief and loss, spirituality, gender identity, transitioning, LGBTQIA2s+, perinatal mental health, OCD, BDD, neurodiversity (ADHD, autism, etc.), concussions, and many other topics. All of our therapists work from a trauma-informed, strengths-based, anti-oppressive and intersectional framework.
(705) 896-6936 View (705) 896-6936
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Courtney Perry
Registered Social Service Worker
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
At the core of my practice is the belief in the inherent strength and worthiness of all people. I work to create an environment absolutely free of judgement, where each person is respected and valued as an individual. I am a strong advocate for normalizing therapy and mental health care. I believe in a strengths focused approach and utilize evidence-based therapies. I integrate my experiences with substance abuse, family violence and loss into helping my clients find success through troubled times. As such, I am passionate about working with couples and families in particular. Individual teens, adults and elders are also welcome.
At the core of my practice is the belief in the inherent strength and worthiness of all people. I work to create an environment absolutely free of judgement, where each person is respected and valued as an individual. I am a strong advocate for normalizing therapy and mental health care. I believe in a strengths focused approach and utilize evidence-based therapies. I integrate my experiences with substance abuse, family violence and loss into helping my clients find success through troubled times. As such, I am passionate about working with couples and families in particular. Individual teens, adults and elders are also welcome.
(249) 495-0741 View (249) 495-0741
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Naomi Bennett
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
I see people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, adjustment to change in their lives, relationship or family conflict, or the residual pain left from difficult childhoods or painful life events. My way of working as a therapist is to get to know you: your hopes, your talents, your problems and your unique way of thinking and expressing yourself. We then proceed with treatment based on who you are and what you need. The aim is to allow coping with your weaknesses to help you uncover your strengths, and your way forward.
I see people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, adjustment to change in their lives, relationship or family conflict, or the residual pain left from difficult childhoods or painful life events. My way of working as a therapist is to get to know you: your hopes, your talents, your problems and your unique way of thinking and expressing yourself. We then proceed with treatment based on who you are and what you need. The aim is to allow coping with your weaknesses to help you uncover your strengths, and your way forward.
(855) 977-0103 View (855) 977-0103
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Family First Play Therapy Centre Inc
MEd, CPTS, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Barrie, ON L4N
Family First offers support to parents and caregivers as well as direct support for children, youth, teens and families.
Family First is a well established (23 years) privately owned centre in 2 locations: Bradford and Burlington. FF conducts Psychological, Psych-Ed Assessments, Child Trauma Assessments and psychotherapy services. FF specializes in helping children and their caregivers with issues involving attachment, regulation, trauma, grief, developmental, parenting and family issues. Lorie Walton, M.Ed, RP, owner, is internationally known for her work in the field of Attachment and emotional regulation. Specialized child psychotherapists at FF use evidence based, age appropriate interventions such as CBT, Play Therapy, Theraplay, EMFT et al.
Family First offers support to parents and caregivers as well as direct support for children, youth, teens and families.
Family First is a well established (23 years) privately owned centre in 2 locations: Bradford and Burlington. FF conducts Psychological, Psych-Ed Assessments, Child Trauma Assessments and psychotherapy services. FF specializes in helping children and their caregivers with issues involving attachment, regulation, trauma, grief, developmental, parenting and family issues. Lorie Walton, M.Ed, RP, owner, is internationally known for her work in the field of Attachment and emotional regulation. Specialized child psychotherapists at FF use evidence based, age appropriate interventions such as CBT, Play Therapy, Theraplay, EMFT et al.
(289) 302-7194 View (289) 302-7194
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Christina Lee
Registered Social Worker
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4N
You can overcome trauma, build healthy relationships, and learn how to handle conflict with partners, family, friends, and colleagues.
Are you feeling burnt out or overwhelmed? Is anxiety impacting your day-today life? Do you need help healing from difficult past relationships, traumatic events, or abuse? Do you find yourself repeating unhelpful behaviors and not know how to stop them? In therapy, you can learn coping skills to manage the anxiety or feelings holding you back. You will better understand what powers your difficulties and get the tools that you need to feel and function better. You can build self-esteem and develop communication skills. Your past does not have to dictate your future. You can take the driver's seat of your life journey. Start t
You can overcome trauma, build healthy relationships, and learn how to handle conflict with partners, family, friends, and colleagues.
Are you feeling burnt out or overwhelmed? Is anxiety impacting your day-today life? Do you need help healing from difficult past relationships, traumatic events, or abuse? Do you find yourself repeating unhelpful behaviors and not know how to stop them? In therapy, you can learn coping skills to manage the anxiety or feelings holding you back. You will better understand what powers your difficulties and get the tools that you need to feel and function better. You can build self-esteem and develop communication skills. Your past does not have to dictate your future. You can take the driver's seat of your life journey. Start t
(249) 490-8864 View (249) 490-8864
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Trisha Obanor
Registered Social Worker, BScN, MSW, RSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Barrie, ON L4M
I use a variety of treatment modalities, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family System (IFS), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and others.
Finding the right support for life challenges can be stressful and discouraging. I provide a non-judgemental and safe space in which you and I can work together towards your desired outcomes. With over 14 years of nursing experience and my social work background, I am in a unique position of being able to provide a truly holistic approach to therapy. I foster a collaborative and supportive therapeutic relationship to address concerns that are specific to each client. My approach focuses on developing life skills, building strengths and positive coping skills.
I use a variety of treatment modalities, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family System (IFS), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy and others.
Finding the right support for life challenges can be stressful and discouraging. I provide a non-judgemental and safe space in which you and I can work together towards your desired outcomes. With over 14 years of nursing experience and my social work background, I am in a unique position of being able to provide a truly holistic approach to therapy. I foster a collaborative and supportive therapeutic relationship to address concerns that are specific to each client. My approach focuses on developing life skills, building strengths and positive coping skills.
(249) 505-0496 View (249) 505-0496

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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.