Family Therapy in Guelph, ON

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Ingrid M Jacobson
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, CBT
Verified
Guelph, ON N1H  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am a certified Bioenergetic Analyst (mind-body connection) and over the past twenty years, I have completed different trainings including therapeutic writing, family of origin studies, grief support and CBT for anxiety and depression.
My priority is for you to feel welcomed and safe in my office. Our sessions will be guided by your presenting issues and may explore relationships both past and present and the impact of those experiences on your current situation. You may be coming to address issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, stress, difficult life transitions, past or present abuse or relationship challenges. We will look at patterns that may be present in your life and explore new ways of being.
I am a certified Bioenergetic Analyst (mind-body connection) and over the past twenty years, I have completed different trainings including therapeutic writing, family of origin studies, grief support and CBT for anxiety and depression.
My priority is for you to feel welcomed and safe in my office. Our sessions will be guided by your presenting issues and may explore relationships both past and present and the impact of those experiences on your current situation. You may be coming to address issues such as anxiety, depression, grief, stress, difficult life transitions, past or present abuse or relationship challenges. We will look at patterns that may be present in your life and explore new ways of being.
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Linda Perlis
Registered Social Worker, Linda Perlis, MSW, RSW
Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
I am a therapist who approaches clinical work with compassion and commitment. I treat each client as unique and offer modalities that might range from a single session to ongoing weekly support, depending on the circumstances. I tailor my therapeutic techniques to each client and provide problem solving, active listening and goal oriented therapy. I am experienced in a wide range of concerns, including anxiety and depression, relationships, family issues, school/jobs. I address issues resulting from separation and divorce through mediation, custody assessment and counselling.
I am a therapist who approaches clinical work with compassion and commitment. I treat each client as unique and offer modalities that might range from a single session to ongoing weekly support, depending on the circumstances. I tailor my therapeutic techniques to each client and provide problem solving, active listening and goal oriented therapy. I am experienced in a wide range of concerns, including anxiety and depression, relationships, family issues, school/jobs. I address issues resulting from separation and divorce through mediation, custody assessment and counselling.
(647) 370-7346 View (647) 370-7346
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Magdalena Karakehayova
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP
Verified
Guelph, ON N1E  (Online Only)
As my family and I are immigrants from Bulgaria, I understand the importance of advocating for and empowering clients to recognize their inherent strengths, while validating their emotional experiences.
I see therapy as a safe space, where you can express your internal voice and begin to explore opportunities to cultivate a compassionate relationship with yourself and those around you. I work with individuals, couples, children, and families, and offer a free consultation. My approach is founded in transparency, genuineness, and at times – humour. As a therapist, I seek to be your companion, facilitating your internal search and exploration as we strive to help you make meaningful connections, unveil new understandings and elicit a sense of hope and trust in yourself. In my work, I am grounded in the importance of relationships.
As my family and I are immigrants from Bulgaria, I understand the importance of advocating for and empowering clients to recognize their inherent strengths, while validating their emotional experiences.
I see therapy as a safe space, where you can express your internal voice and begin to explore opportunities to cultivate a compassionate relationship with yourself and those around you. I work with individuals, couples, children, and families, and offer a free consultation. My approach is founded in transparency, genuineness, and at times – humour. As a therapist, I seek to be your companion, facilitating your internal search and exploration as we strive to help you make meaningful connections, unveil new understandings and elicit a sense of hope and trust in yourself. In my work, I am grounded in the importance of relationships.
(548) 900-0266 View (548) 900-0266
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Tristan Price
Registered Psychotherapist, MSc, RP, RMFT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I am a registered psychotherapist and a registered marriage and family therapist who has worked in a variety of settings offering specialized support to individuals confronting unique circumstances.
As a psychotherapist with 9 years of experience, I have grown to know that I have a passion for witnessing clients discover the values they cherish, and utilize those to achieve their goals. I know that people flourish in therapy and counselling when they have a good relationship with their therapist. I am devoted to creating and maintaining a safe, non-judgemental, calm, and sensitive therapeutic space in which you will receive appropriate support.
I am a registered psychotherapist and a registered marriage and family therapist who has worked in a variety of settings offering specialized support to individuals confronting unique circumstances.
As a psychotherapist with 9 years of experience, I have grown to know that I have a passion for witnessing clients discover the values they cherish, and utilize those to achieve their goals. I know that people flourish in therapy and counselling when they have a good relationship with their therapist. I am devoted to creating and maintaining a safe, non-judgemental, calm, and sensitive therapeutic space in which you will receive appropriate support.
(226) 212-5049 View (226) 212-5049
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Liz Mineo
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RECE, RT
Verified
Guelph, ON N1G
I look forward to being able to support you and your family along your journey in navigating life.
I have a unique background of over 30 years experience working with young children, adolescents and their families. I offer a variety of client centred psychotherapeutic services specializing in individual and family therapy. My relaxed play-based approach helps children explore difficult emotions and situations. I use a strength-based approach helping adolescents building their self confidence, self esteem and coping strategies. When parents feel capable and they are better able to understand their child's individuality the potential risks for mental health concerns decrease for every family member.
I look forward to being able to support you and your family along your journey in navigating life.
I have a unique background of over 30 years experience working with young children, adolescents and their families. I offer a variety of client centred psychotherapeutic services specializing in individual and family therapy. My relaxed play-based approach helps children explore difficult emotions and situations. I use a strength-based approach helping adolescents building their self confidence, self esteem and coping strategies. When parents feel capable and they are better able to understand their child's individuality the potential risks for mental health concerns decrease for every family member.
(226) 455-5637 View (226) 455-5637
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Stevie Forbes-Roberts
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
Life is messy and hard and beautiful. We all need support to reach our goals and live a life of meaning. I provide free half hour consultations to discuss how I can be helpful. It's important to find the right therapist for you. My work with you will be strength-based, person-centred and collaborative. Specialties: mental health recovery, 2SLGBTQ+ adults, children, youth and families, trauma informed care, youth and adults struggling with chronic suicidality and self-harm behaviours, and support for parents with a 2SLGBTQ2S+ family member. I also have lived experience with depression, anxiety, intergenerational trauma and ADHD.
Life is messy and hard and beautiful. We all need support to reach our goals and live a life of meaning. I provide free half hour consultations to discuss how I can be helpful. It's important to find the right therapist for you. My work with you will be strength-based, person-centred and collaborative. Specialties: mental health recovery, 2SLGBTQ+ adults, children, youth and families, trauma informed care, youth and adults struggling with chronic suicidality and self-harm behaviours, and support for parents with a 2SLGBTQ2S+ family member. I also have lived experience with depression, anxiety, intergenerational trauma and ADHD.
(226) 786-0436 View (226) 786-0436
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Nichole Caswell
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Guelph, ON N1E
Specifically, I specialize in: Attachment, Trauma, Parent-Child Conflict, Separation/Divorce, Parenting, Couples and/or Family Therapy, Grief/Loss, Sexuality/Gender Identity, Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidality/Self Harm, ADHD and more.
Hello, my name is Nichole Caswell. I'm a registered social worker with several years of training and experience working with individuals and families. I hope to empower clients to make changes in their lives. I strive to create a secure and supportive environment, allowing for an atmosphere that feels comfortable and collaborative. I listen to my clients with compassion and strive to create a safe space for people to share their experiences and hopes for the future.
Specifically, I specialize in: Attachment, Trauma, Parent-Child Conflict, Separation/Divorce, Parenting, Couples and/or Family Therapy, Grief/Loss, Sexuality/Gender Identity, Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidality/Self Harm, ADHD and more.
Hello, my name is Nichole Caswell. I'm a registered social worker with several years of training and experience working with individuals and families. I hope to empower clients to make changes in their lives. I strive to create a secure and supportive environment, allowing for an atmosphere that feels comfortable and collaborative. I listen to my clients with compassion and strive to create a safe space for people to share their experiences and hopes for the future.
(226) 270-2985 View (226) 270-2985
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Lauren McLaren
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MA
Verified
Guelph, ON N1C
Do you ever feel isolated by a painful experience? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and are looking to make the necessary changes to move forward? Do the relationships in your life feel strained and complicated? Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, parenting stress, or marital/family conflict, I bring a wide range of expertise to our work together. My passion is helping adults and couples tap into a hope that even when life is hard, there is still good to be found and that things can get better.
Do you ever feel isolated by a painful experience? Do you find yourself feeling stuck and are looking to make the necessary changes to move forward? Do the relationships in your life feel strained and complicated? Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, life transitions, parenting stress, or marital/family conflict, I bring a wide range of expertise to our work together. My passion is helping adults and couples tap into a hope that even when life is hard, there is still good to be found and that things can get better.
(226) 908-0371 View (226) 908-0371
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Tania Isnor (Off The Couch Counselling)
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, BA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
I work with individuals who experience, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, narcissistic partners/family members, loss, and self-esteem issues.
Taking the first step towards self-awareness and healing can feel challenging. I am here to offer a safe, unbiased space to unpack emotions, experiences, and thoughts. Recognizing our internal dualities and reconnecting with our inner child, a wounded part of ourselves, can be transformative and healing. As your therapist, I am committed to supporting you by fostering self-awareness and challenging harmful patterns.
I work with individuals who experience, anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, narcissistic partners/family members, loss, and self-esteem issues.
Taking the first step towards self-awareness and healing can feel challenging. I am here to offer a safe, unbiased space to unpack emotions, experiences, and thoughts. Recognizing our internal dualities and reconnecting with our inner child, a wounded part of ourselves, can be transformative and healing. As your therapist, I am committed to supporting you by fostering self-awareness and challenging harmful patterns.
(226) 796-0309 View (226) 796-0309
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Chaos to Connection
Registered Psychotherapist, MACP, MSc, RP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G  (Online Only)
Vulnerability is the first step to healing. When we are able to be vulnerable with ourselves, we are able to open up,. I want your messy self to show up and feel safe in your own space alongside me. I am a student of the Satir Family System's model and help the whole family grow alongside one another. I love the challenge of helping the client heal and being part of the process. My goal is to help clients associate self-responsibility with success. The Satir approach can help clients work through trauma and develop a greater sense of harmony and inner peace. I am a firm believer in therapy being client-driven and action orientated.
Vulnerability is the first step to healing. When we are able to be vulnerable with ourselves, we are able to open up,. I want your messy self to show up and feel safe in your own space alongside me. I am a student of the Satir Family System's model and help the whole family grow alongside one another. I love the challenge of helping the client heal and being part of the process. My goal is to help clients associate self-responsibility with success. The Satir approach can help clients work through trauma and develop a greater sense of harmony and inner peace. I am a firm believer in therapy being client-driven and action orientated.
(705) 999-8332 View (705) 999-8332
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Marsaye Treen
Registered Psychotherapist, BA, RP
Verified
Guelph, ON N1E  (Online Only)
COVID-19 emotional help. I work using both somatic (body) as well as talk therapies (psycho dynamic). I find this combination to be more profound than just one modality. I bring extensive experience with mental illness and trauma. Like most therapists, I have several areas of practice in which I feel distinctly equipped to work. These include anxiety, depression, recovery from interpersonal trauma/ abuse, neglect, communication issues (for e.g. bosses, friends, partners. family members) stress of everyday life, grief, couple issues, childhood attachment issues, PTSD and dissociative disorders.
COVID-19 emotional help. I work using both somatic (body) as well as talk therapies (psycho dynamic). I find this combination to be more profound than just one modality. I bring extensive experience with mental illness and trauma. Like most therapists, I have several areas of practice in which I feel distinctly equipped to work. These include anxiety, depression, recovery from interpersonal trauma/ abuse, neglect, communication issues (for e.g. bosses, friends, partners. family members) stress of everyday life, grief, couple issues, childhood attachment issues, PTSD and dissociative disorders.
(226) 641-0684 View (226) 641-0684
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Andrzej Mlynarz
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RMFT, MSc
Verified
Guelph, ON N1G
I provide individual, couple and family therapy for adults, parental coaching, and professional consultation for psychotherapists.
A client asked me once: Is therapy just TALKING?  In a way it is.  Just talking ... words, words, words. Sometimes words are meaningless and pointless.  They lead to conflicts, misunderstandings, hurt, pain, crises.  What could happen when words are meaningful, relevant, clear, aimed at understanding you and the other?  What difference would it make when the right words are spoken, and they are heard at the right time? Would they make your wants, needs, wishes and dreams more real and attainable?
I provide individual, couple and family therapy for adults, parental coaching, and professional consultation for psychotherapists.
A client asked me once: Is therapy just TALKING?  In a way it is.  Just talking ... words, words, words. Sometimes words are meaningless and pointless.  They lead to conflicts, misunderstandings, hurt, pain, crises.  What could happen when words are meaningful, relevant, clear, aimed at understanding you and the other?  What difference would it make when the right words are spoken, and they are heard at the right time? Would they make your wants, needs, wishes and dreams more real and attainable?
(226) 782-4607 View (226) 782-4607
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Katherine Tomkinson
Marriage & Family Therapist, BASc, MSc, RP, RMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1G
I have been an individual, couple and family therapist and clinical supervisor in family service agencies and private practice for over twenty-five years. These experiences have provided me with the skills necessary to help people dealing with a diverse range of life's challenges. I have worked successfully with individuals, couples and families struggling with physical and mental illnesses, addictions, trauma, grief and loss, affairs, separation and divorce as well as other family stresses.
I have been an individual, couple and family therapist and clinical supervisor in family service agencies and private practice for over twenty-five years. These experiences have provided me with the skills necessary to help people dealing with a diverse range of life's challenges. I have worked successfully with individuals, couples and families struggling with physical and mental illnesses, addictions, trauma, grief and loss, affairs, separation and divorce as well as other family stresses.
(855) 780-2471 View (855) 780-2471
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Angela E McHolm
Psychologist, PhD, CPsych
Verified
Guelph, ON N1E
If you think I am a good fit for your family, you can learn more at www.
I am a registered clinical psychologist who serves children, adolescents, and their families. For more than 20 years, I have provided psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services in both public and private mental health settings. I have had the opportunity to work many years with complex populations through McMaster Children's Hospital and an outpatient mental health clinic housed on the University of Guelph campus. I am trained and have experience working with children and their families struggling with a wide range of issues including anxiety disorders, depression, learning difficulties, trauma, adjustment issues, interpersonal and relationship issues.
If you think I am a good fit for your family, you can learn more at www.
I am a registered clinical psychologist who serves children, adolescents, and their families. For more than 20 years, I have provided psychological assessment, treatment, and consultation services in both public and private mental health settings. I have had the opportunity to work many years with complex populations through McMaster Children's Hospital and an outpatient mental health clinic housed on the University of Guelph campus. I am trained and have experience working with children and their families struggling with a wide range of issues including anxiety disorders, depression, learning difficulties, trauma, adjustment issues, interpersonal and relationship issues.
(226) 605-5579 View (226) 605-5579
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Ashley Murphy Kilgar
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, BA hons, MSW, RSW
Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
I am a caring and skilled therapist. I work with individuals, couples and families who are having difficulty coping with life stressors, addiction and mental health concerns. I support people to work through relationship, work, family and other life challenges. Using a non-judgmental approach I support you to move forward and make difficult but positive changes in your life. Each person I support is unique and will receive individualized treatment based on needs. I value in depth assessments to ensure that your situation and needs are understood. We will work together in a way that ensures your comfort and satisfaction with therapy.
I am a caring and skilled therapist. I work with individuals, couples and families who are having difficulty coping with life stressors, addiction and mental health concerns. I support people to work through relationship, work, family and other life challenges. Using a non-judgmental approach I support you to move forward and make difficult but positive changes in your life. Each person I support is unique and will receive individualized treatment based on needs. I value in depth assessments to ensure that your situation and needs are understood. We will work together in a way that ensures your comfort and satisfaction with therapy.
(226) 962-2242 View (226) 962-2242
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Leslie St Jacques
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MES , BHScPA
Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
As a clinical Social Worker I offer individual, group and family therapy that helps people become aware of and manage emotions and thoughts.
I am a Psychotherapist with a Master's in Social Work (since 2004). I work with individuals, couples and families. Some of the topics I help people with include anxiety, depression, couples issues, relationship difficulties, major life transitions, grief & loss, serious health issues and prior traumatic events. I also work with parents and their children as they manage the intense emotions during parental separation and divorce. Therapeutic modalities include narrative, CBT/DBT and mindfulness-based approaches.
As a clinical Social Worker I offer individual, group and family therapy that helps people become aware of and manage emotions and thoughts.
I am a Psychotherapist with a Master's in Social Work (since 2004). I work with individuals, couples and families. Some of the topics I help people with include anxiety, depression, couples issues, relationship difficulties, major life transitions, grief & loss, serious health issues and prior traumatic events. I also work with parents and their children as they manage the intense emotions during parental separation and divorce. Therapeutic modalities include narrative, CBT/DBT and mindfulness-based approaches.
(226) 641-6502 View (226) 641-6502
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Building Bridges Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MSc, MA
Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
For more information on how we do individual, couple, or family therapy, feel free to view our website.
Accepting New Clients: In-Person & Phone/Video. We believe that there is good in every person, and hope in every situation. We have helped individuals, couples, and families heal, grow, and connect. As relational therapists, we appreciate the impact that our relationships have on our well-being. We do not see clients as having something wrong with their minds that necessarily needs to be fixed. Rather, we see our clients as unique individuals, each with their own stories and perspectives, embedded in important relationships and contexts that impact them. We see strengths and we see hope, even when it feels like there is none.
For more information on how we do individual, couple, or family therapy, feel free to view our website.
Accepting New Clients: In-Person & Phone/Video. We believe that there is good in every person, and hope in every situation. We have helped individuals, couples, and families heal, grow, and connect. As relational therapists, we appreciate the impact that our relationships have on our well-being. We do not see clients as having something wrong with their minds that necessarily needs to be fixed. Rather, we see our clients as unique individuals, each with their own stories and perspectives, embedded in important relationships and contexts that impact them. We see strengths and we see hope, even when it feels like there is none.
(226) 702-8590 View (226) 702-8590
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Cheryl Champagne
Registered Psychotherapist, MEd, RP
Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
In my primary modality, Internal Family Systems, we bring curiosity and compassion to the parts that hold wounds as well as the parts that seek to protect you, even if at times you feel they wreak havoc on your life.
NOTE: In 2024, I am primarily accepting new clients available for in person sessions in Guelph on Tuesdays. / Much of my career has been supporting individuals recover from unhealthy or abusive relationships, sexual assault or harassment and harmful childhood experiences. I also provide compassionate grief counselling to individuals who have lost a loved one, experiencing separation or divorce, job loss, or the impact of cancer.
In my primary modality, Internal Family Systems, we bring curiosity and compassion to the parts that hold wounds as well as the parts that seek to protect you, even if at times you feel they wreak havoc on your life.
NOTE: In 2024, I am primarily accepting new clients available for in person sessions in Guelph on Tuesdays. / Much of my career has been supporting individuals recover from unhealthy or abusive relationships, sexual assault or harassment and harmful childhood experiences. I also provide compassionate grief counselling to individuals who have lost a loved one, experiencing separation or divorce, job loss, or the impact of cancer.
(647) 503-4092 View (647) 503-4092
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Taylor Wark
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP
Verified
Guelph, ON N1H
Waitlist for new clients
Practices include client-centered, emotion focused therapy (EFT), DBT, Internal Family Systems, and Gottman Method.
One of my many passions is helping clients better understand their emotions, responses, and how to better cope overall. I am able to help individuals of all ages wok through body-image struggles, self-esteem, grief, trauma, ADHD and other emotional disorders. I enjoy helping adults and youth 11yrs +. I also enjoy working with couples who are facing such challenges as frequent conflict, betrayal, and loss of connection. As a trained Gottman Method couples therapist, I aim to create a safe and supportive space where couples can begin to learn how to communicate more effectively and rebuild their friendship and connection.
Practices include client-centered, emotion focused therapy (EFT), DBT, Internal Family Systems, and Gottman Method.
One of my many passions is helping clients better understand their emotions, responses, and how to better cope overall. I am able to help individuals of all ages wok through body-image struggles, self-esteem, grief, trauma, ADHD and other emotional disorders. I enjoy helping adults and youth 11yrs +. I also enjoy working with couples who are facing such challenges as frequent conflict, betrayal, and loss of connection. As a trained Gottman Method couples therapist, I aim to create a safe and supportive space where couples can begin to learn how to communicate more effectively and rebuild their friendship and connection.
(548) 488-3170 x128 View (548) 488-3170 x128
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Lisa McCaskell
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Guelph, ON N1H
Parenting is difficult at the best of times. Add in the complexities of supporting a child or teen who is struggling and parenting becomes even more challenging. It can be hard to know where to turn to get support for you, your child or teen, and your whole family. I am here to help. I have worked in children's mental health for 18 years supporting children and youth with mental health and behavioural difficulties and their families. Together we can develop a plan to support your loved one. I will teach you the skills you need along the way.
Parenting is difficult at the best of times. Add in the complexities of supporting a child or teen who is struggling and parenting becomes even more challenging. It can be hard to know where to turn to get support for you, your child or teen, and your whole family. I am here to help. I have worked in children's mental health for 18 years supporting children and youth with mental health and behavioural difficulties and their families. Together we can develop a plan to support your loved one. I will teach you the skills you need along the way.
(226) 271-5588 View (226) 271-5588

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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.