Family Therapy in London, ON

Photo of Marisa Kanas, MA, RP, Registered Psychotherapist
Marisa Kanas
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N5X
Life can be hard, and at times we can feel overwhelmed. Sometimes, our circumstances change when we separate or divorce, lose a loved one, change careers, have to deal with complex family dynamics, experience health challenges, or encounter other events that make it difficult to manage our feelings and behaviours, or sustain relationships with those closest to us.
Life can be hard, and at times we can feel overwhelmed. Sometimes, our circumstances change when we separate or divorce, lose a loved one, change careers, have to deal with complex family dynamics, experience health challenges, or encounter other events that make it difficult to manage our feelings and behaviours, or sustain relationships with those closest to us.
(226) 779-7809 View (226) 779-7809
Photo of Tamara Spencer, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Tamara Spencer
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6P  (Online Only)
Are you working so hard in every aspect of your life only to feel like things still aren’t good enough? Like your relationships are destined for failure, you’ll never be able to cope with the curveballs life throws at you, and there’s something inside yourself that just feels… wrong? Maybe you've convinced yourself that if it just looks like you have the perfect career, relationship, and family, that somehow it will become your reality. I’ve been down this same road, and what I eventually realized was that, when I spent all my time focused on being "better" or achieving more, I lost sight of myself and those who mattered most to me.
Are you working so hard in every aspect of your life only to feel like things still aren’t good enough? Like your relationships are destined for failure, you’ll never be able to cope with the curveballs life throws at you, and there’s something inside yourself that just feels… wrong? Maybe you've convinced yourself that if it just looks like you have the perfect career, relationship, and family, that somehow it will become your reality. I’ve been down this same road, and what I eventually realized was that, when I spent all my time focused on being "better" or achieving more, I lost sight of myself and those who mattered most to me.
(226) 799-4923 View (226) 799-4923
Photo of Natalie Medeiros, RP-Q, RECE, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Natalie Medeiros
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), RP-Q, RECE
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
London, ON N6P
With specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy for perinatal populations, I provide a therapeutic approach that is flexible and integrative of various evidence-based practices.
I am a Master’s level Counselling Psychology graduate with over 15 years of experience supporting children 0-12 and their families within the early years sector. As a professor of Early Childhood Education and a former college Learning Facilitator for adults with disabilities, I have been privileged to support individuals of diverse backgrounds with varying abilities. These experiences have taught me about the incredible power of resilience, curiosity, and human connection.
With specialized training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy for perinatal populations, I provide a therapeutic approach that is flexible and integrative of various evidence-based practices.
I am a Master’s level Counselling Psychology graduate with over 15 years of experience supporting children 0-12 and their families within the early years sector. As a professor of Early Childhood Education and a former college Learning Facilitator for adults with disabilities, I have been privileged to support individuals of diverse backgrounds with varying abilities. These experiences have taught me about the incredible power of resilience, curiosity, and human connection.
(226) 910-1125 View (226) 910-1125
Photo of Scott L E Fredin, BSW, MSW, Registered Social Worker
Scott L E Fredin
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6P
Rather than quickly giving advice or being emotionally involved as family and friends are, I could help you carefully examine different options and offer some direction.
Sometimes we need someone to listen us in order to gain insight and understanding, then we can come up with a plan to help manage or address what we are going through - whether it's a difficult life transition, a loss, or stressful life event(s). My approach to counselling is to create a collaborative process to support individuals with their mental health recovery. I work from a strengths-based perspective in order to assist people as they overcome adversity and life challenges.
Rather than quickly giving advice or being emotionally involved as family and friends are, I could help you carefully examine different options and offer some direction.
Sometimes we need someone to listen us in order to gain insight and understanding, then we can come up with a plan to help manage or address what we are going through - whether it's a difficult life transition, a loss, or stressful life event(s). My approach to counselling is to create a collaborative process to support individuals with their mental health recovery. I work from a strengths-based perspective in order to assist people as they overcome adversity and life challenges.
(226) 401-5424 View (226) 401-5424
Photo of Catherine Coolidge, RP, MDiv, Registered Psychotherapist
Catherine Coolidge
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, MDiv
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
I use an integrative style of therapy including Family Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
There are times in life when we feel stuck, overwhelmed or alone. Relationships are complicated and difficult. Life can be stressful, confusing and painful. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. I am a registered psychotherapist and work with individuals, couples and families. I believe my role as a therapist is to walk alongside you for part of your journey, holding your pain with you and working together to expand your perspective, and discover new strategies.
I use an integrative style of therapy including Family Systems Theory, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
There are times in life when we feel stuck, overwhelmed or alone. Relationships are complicated and difficult. Life can be stressful, confusing and painful. You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. I am a registered psychotherapist and work with individuals, couples and families. I believe my role as a therapist is to walk alongside you for part of your journey, holding your pain with you and working together to expand your perspective, and discover new strategies.
(226) 702-2736 View (226) 702-2736
Photo of undefined - Sheila O'Donovan Counselling Services, OATR, CTS, RP, Acc FM, Registered Psychotherapist
Sheila O'Donovan Counselling Services
Registered Psychotherapist, OATR, CTS, RP, Acc FM
Verified Verified
London, ON N6H
I am a Reg. Psychotherapist/Clinical Trauma Specialist and an Accredited Family Mediator. I am passionate about the work that I do which includes working with children, adolescents and their families. I have extensive experience in working with children from separated and divorced families. I have been called as an expert witness in our family court system several times over the past 25 + years. I often work in collaboration with other professionals to best support families. I am an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. I assist families that are separating to develop a solid Parenting plan.
I am a Reg. Psychotherapist/Clinical Trauma Specialist and an Accredited Family Mediator. I am passionate about the work that I do which includes working with children, adolescents and their families. I have extensive experience in working with children from separated and divorced families. I have been called as an expert witness in our family court system several times over the past 25 + years. I often work in collaboration with other professionals to best support families. I am an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediators. I assist families that are separating to develop a solid Parenting plan.
(519) 636-2444 View (519) 636-2444
Photo of Victor Feunekes, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Victor Feunekes
Registered Social Worker, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
I use a mix of approaches in sessions including DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), Internal Family Systems Therapy, and existential therapy with systemic impacts in mind.
June 2024: some daytime availability. I'm happy you’ve found my page. I understand that reaching out to a therapist can be daunting, especially if you have had difficulties with other services in the past. I have a particular passion for working with members of the LGBQ, Trans, and Nonbinary communities to challenge internalized transphobia and homophobias. I am also skilled at working with people who experience anxiety, depression, BPD, and other challenges with mental health, and I love to work with youth and kids.
I use a mix of approaches in sessions including DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), Internal Family Systems Therapy, and existential therapy with systemic impacts in mind.
June 2024: some daytime availability. I'm happy you’ve found my page. I understand that reaching out to a therapist can be daunting, especially if you have had difficulties with other services in the past. I have a particular passion for working with members of the LGBQ, Trans, and Nonbinary communities to challenge internalized transphobia and homophobias. I am also skilled at working with people who experience anxiety, depression, BPD, and other challenges with mental health, and I love to work with youth and kids.
View
Photo of Aileen Pennings, MDiv, Registered Psychotherapist
Aileen Pennings
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv
Verified Verified
London, ON N6E
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed? Life can be challenging to navigate and taking the first step toward therapy can seem daunting. When you take this courageous step, you will be met with warmth and empathy. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, life stage transition, and faith issues. I provide both individual and couple therapy. I am intentional about building a relationship with my clients that is rooted in trust and safety. We will work together to reduce emotional distress, recover hope, and build resiliency.
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed? Life can be challenging to navigate and taking the first step toward therapy can seem daunting. When you take this courageous step, you will be met with warmth and empathy. I work with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, life stage transition, and faith issues. I provide both individual and couple therapy. I am intentional about building a relationship with my clients that is rooted in trust and safety. We will work together to reduce emotional distress, recover hope, and build resiliency.
(226) 774-1579 View (226) 774-1579
Photo of Anne Newby, MA, CPsych, Psychologist
Anne Newby
Psychologist, MA, CPsych
Verified Verified
London, ON N6C
People often come for therapy as they are hurting or distressed and they have found that they are confused about how to move forward. They can be worried about someone else, are having difficulty with relationships with their spouse, children, or coworkers. Some people prefer to attend therapy on their own, while others wish to include the family member they are concerned about. I see people with depression, anxiety, attention difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse, adjustment issues (separation and divorce).
People often come for therapy as they are hurting or distressed and they have found that they are confused about how to move forward. They can be worried about someone else, are having difficulty with relationships with their spouse, children, or coworkers. Some people prefer to attend therapy on their own, while others wish to include the family member they are concerned about. I see people with depression, anxiety, attention difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse, adjustment issues (separation and divorce).
(844) 402-2865 View (844) 402-2865
Photo of Mike Fluit, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Mike Fluit
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
London, ON N6C
I use a number of different evidence based approaches in counselling, including Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
I help men and women dealing with stress, anxiety, past trauma or abuse, and relationship difficulties understand the problems in their life, find ways to move forward and find peace. If you often feel overwhelmed or irritable in your daily life, or like your emotions are always simmering just below the surface or spilling over, I can help. I am a therapist at North Counselling and Psychotherapy, a group of Registered Social Workers/Psychotherapists who provide counselling services to adults and children in London, ON.
I use a number of different evidence based approaches in counselling, including Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
I help men and women dealing with stress, anxiety, past trauma or abuse, and relationship difficulties understand the problems in their life, find ways to move forward and find peace. If you often feel overwhelmed or irritable in your daily life, or like your emotions are always simmering just below the surface or spilling over, I can help. I am a therapist at North Counselling and Psychotherapy, a group of Registered Social Workers/Psychotherapists who provide counselling services to adults and children in London, ON.
(226) 641-6727 View (226) 641-6727
Photo of Paula Deveto, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Paula Deveto
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6H
My therapeutic approach draws heavily from family systems theory, cognitive/behavioural therapy, developmental psychology, and trauma/attachment theory.
As a therapist, reunification counsellor, mediator, parenting coordinator, and collaboratively trained professional, I specialize in offering a full range of therapeutic and alternative forms of conflict resolution to families in dispute. Regardless as to where you are in the lifecycle of your family or separation process, parents are assisted to identify their concerns, learn to address their needs, and to separate those needs from the needs of their children. Parents are encouraged to hear their children's voices and to embrace their roles responsibly as the adult decision makers charged with storying their children's legacy.
My therapeutic approach draws heavily from family systems theory, cognitive/behavioural therapy, developmental psychology, and trauma/attachment theory.
As a therapist, reunification counsellor, mediator, parenting coordinator, and collaboratively trained professional, I specialize in offering a full range of therapeutic and alternative forms of conflict resolution to families in dispute. Regardless as to where you are in the lifecycle of your family or separation process, parents are assisted to identify their concerns, learn to address their needs, and to separate those needs from the needs of their children. Parents are encouraged to hear their children's voices and to embrace their roles responsibly as the adult decision makers charged with storying their children's legacy.
(226) 641-6784 View (226) 641-6784
Photo of Wendy Pearson, HBA, MEd, RP, Registered Psychotherapist
Wendy Pearson
Registered Psychotherapist, HBA, MEd, RP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
Wendy is the Founder and Clinical Director of evolve Psychotherapy and Consulting Group Inc. As a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified EMDR therapist with over 25 years experience, Wendy has had the honour of working with individuals, couples, families, children and teens who are impacted by current or past trauma, substance use, grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and disordered eating, relationship issues, stress, parenting issues, sexual assault or abuse, workplace issues, addiction, gender identity concerns, couple and family issues as well as life transitions, to name a few.
Wendy is the Founder and Clinical Director of evolve Psychotherapy and Consulting Group Inc. As a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified EMDR therapist with over 25 years experience, Wendy has had the honour of working with individuals, couples, families, children and teens who are impacted by current or past trauma, substance use, grief, depression, anxiety, eating disorders and disordered eating, relationship issues, stress, parenting issues, sexual assault or abuse, workplace issues, addiction, gender identity concerns, couple and family issues as well as life transitions, to name a few.
(226) 781-4117 View (226) 781-4117
Photo of Sandra Hemming, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Sandra Hemming
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6K
Are you feeling anxious, on edge, angry or unable to keep your emotions in check? Perhaps you are experiencing stress at work or in your family or have been dealing with a major life change or traumatic event. Looking to find some peace and ways to calm and cope then I am here to help. I offer Individual and Family Therapy to children, youth, adults and families. Therapy is hard work but together we can work to find solutions and strategies to help you restore your balance.
Are you feeling anxious, on edge, angry or unable to keep your emotions in check? Perhaps you are experiencing stress at work or in your family or have been dealing with a major life change or traumatic event. Looking to find some peace and ways to calm and cope then I am here to help. I offer Individual and Family Therapy to children, youth, adults and families. Therapy is hard work but together we can work to find solutions and strategies to help you restore your balance.
(226) 457-0480 View (226) 457-0480
Photo of Devin P. Locher, MSW, RSW, MA, Registered Social Worker
Devin P. Locher
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, MA
Verified Verified
London, ON N6A
Waitlist for new clients
I am a clinical social worker with knowledge and experience working with children, adolescents (including their parents/families) and adults. I have over 12 years’ experience working various roles in mental health including clinical private practice, education, and residential treatment. I have provided support to those struggling with complex and attachment trauma, anxiety, depression, general stress, family conflict, school struggles, PTSD, self-harm/suicide, and those simply wishing to improve their emotional well-being or enhance skill development.
I am a clinical social worker with knowledge and experience working with children, adolescents (including their parents/families) and adults. I have over 12 years’ experience working various roles in mental health including clinical private practice, education, and residential treatment. I have provided support to those struggling with complex and attachment trauma, anxiety, depression, general stress, family conflict, school struggles, PTSD, self-harm/suicide, and those simply wishing to improve their emotional well-being or enhance skill development.
(226) 777-3037 View (226) 777-3037
Photo of Rey T. Singh, MSW, RCS, CHyp, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Rey T. Singh
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RCS, CHyp, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6K
My practice foci includes marriage/family counselling, mental health stabilization, treatment of addictions, and healing of intergenerational trauma.
Finding someone you can trust to open up to and begin your healing journey and receive support is an exercise of trust. It is important to trust who will be working with to receive support. I provide evidence-based, specialized approaches to supporting people experiencing complex PTSD, anxiety, depression and other integrative challenges. It will be my privilege to provide you with expertise and support to connect to your body, stabilize and provide ongoing treatment. My services are geared to assist the general public, as well as First Nations, and culturally diverse communities seeking support for healing, recovery and wellness.
My practice foci includes marriage/family counselling, mental health stabilization, treatment of addictions, and healing of intergenerational trauma.
Finding someone you can trust to open up to and begin your healing journey and receive support is an exercise of trust. It is important to trust who will be working with to receive support. I provide evidence-based, specialized approaches to supporting people experiencing complex PTSD, anxiety, depression and other integrative challenges. It will be my privilege to provide you with expertise and support to connect to your body, stabilize and provide ongoing treatment. My services are geared to assist the general public, as well as First Nations, and culturally diverse communities seeking support for healing, recovery and wellness.
(226) 236-6485 View (226) 236-6485
Photo of David DaSilva, MSW, BA, RSW, Registered Social Worker
David DaSilva
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BA, RSW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6H
He utilizes an eclectic approach that includes multiple theoretical frameworks and modalities including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Brief Solution Focused approach, anti-oppressive practice, Queer Theories, and most importantly humor.
Accepting new clients. David (he/they) is a white, first-generation Canadian cisgender man who is a settler of Portuguese descent. He has been working in the field of social work for almost a decade, with a focus on youth mental health and addiction, and recently completed his Master's Degree in social work. David offers individual counselling to youth aged 13 years and up, adults of the 2sLGBTQIA+ community and their family, friends, and allies. David supports individuals dealing with anxiety and depression symptoms, self-esteem and confidence issues, understanding and coping with emotions, & exploring gender & sexual identity.
He utilizes an eclectic approach that includes multiple theoretical frameworks and modalities including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Brief Solution Focused approach, anti-oppressive practice, Queer Theories, and most importantly humor.
Accepting new clients. David (he/they) is a white, first-generation Canadian cisgender man who is a settler of Portuguese descent. He has been working in the field of social work for almost a decade, with a focus on youth mental health and addiction, and recently completed his Master's Degree in social work. David offers individual counselling to youth aged 13 years and up, adults of the 2sLGBTQIA+ community and their family, friends, and allies. David supports individuals dealing with anxiety and depression symptoms, self-esteem and confidence issues, understanding and coping with emotions, & exploring gender & sexual identity.
(226) 455-8274 x203 View (226) 455-8274 x203
Photo of Emily Starratt, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Emily Starratt
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N6B
Through therapy, we will use your child and family's strengths and support your areas of growth to meet your goals.
Accepting clients. Life can be overwhelming for families, and it can be hard to know what to do when your child has behaviours or is struggling. Emotions can feel out of control and family dynamics can be difficult. I have learned from working with children and families that sharing emotions and creating a space to process your experience, allows your family to feel connected and supported. It is important that through those difficult times that you know your family matters, and that you are not alone.
Through therapy, we will use your child and family's strengths and support your areas of growth to meet your goals.
Accepting clients. Life can be overwhelming for families, and it can be hard to know what to do when your child has behaviours or is struggling. Emotions can feel out of control and family dynamics can be difficult. I have learned from working with children and families that sharing emotions and creating a space to process your experience, allows your family to feel connected and supported. It is important that through those difficult times that you know your family matters, and that you are not alone.
View
Photo of undefined - Chris Chmielewski, MA, MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker
Chris Chmielewski
Registered Social Worker, MA, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N6A
Perspectives applied: our deeper subconscious energies and persuasions; family dynamics ; Neuropsychology; social-cultural-historical factors; philosophy.
My background holds 40yr of extensive practice experience and continued learning. Expertise:all relationship concerns; recovery/healing from emotional hurts, losses, trauma. Such events, if in early years, can instill persistent insecurity, fears, loneliness and grief, causing troubled close relationships and inner-life: Restricting our core resilient nature where we keep strong potentials to be more open, creative, confident, realistic/effective persons. Mainly treat “self-regulation” problems: Social anxiety, shame/guilt, anger, depression; Overdependencies; Intimacy-sexuality, Communication; Identity-Personality issues;Selfcare.
Perspectives applied: our deeper subconscious energies and persuasions; family dynamics ; Neuropsychology; social-cultural-historical factors; philosophy.
My background holds 40yr of extensive practice experience and continued learning. Expertise:all relationship concerns; recovery/healing from emotional hurts, losses, trauma. Such events, if in early years, can instill persistent insecurity, fears, loneliness and grief, causing troubled close relationships and inner-life: Restricting our core resilient nature where we keep strong potentials to be more open, creative, confident, realistic/effective persons. Mainly treat “self-regulation” problems: Social anxiety, shame/guilt, anger, depression; Overdependencies; Intimacy-sexuality, Communication; Identity-Personality issues;Selfcare.
(226) 400-1834 View (226) 400-1834
Photo of Adrienne Vale, MSW, RSW, CYW, Registered Social Worker
Adrienne Vale
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, CYW
Verified Verified
London, ON N6B
I extend a warm invitation to you, to a nurturing space where healing unfolds naturally. If you're seeking support for your child, your family, or yourself in times of difficulty, know that you've found a haven where safety, understanding, and gentle guidance live. Let's embark on this journey together, creating a home for emotional well-being to move you through this challenge.
I extend a warm invitation to you, to a nurturing space where healing unfolds naturally. If you're seeking support for your child, your family, or yourself in times of difficulty, know that you've found a haven where safety, understanding, and gentle guidance live. Let's embark on this journey together, creating a home for emotional well-being to move you through this challenge.
(226) 777-7702 View (226) 777-7702
Photo of Jennifer Wagenman, MDiv, Registered Psychotherapist
Jennifer Wagenman
Registered Psychotherapist, MDiv
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
London, ON N6J  (Online Only)
You’re not sure how you got here, but you are not where you want to be. It feels so hard to just keep going. Things have happened and you are finding it hard to cope – an important relationship has broken down, you’ve lost someone or something significant, you’ve received a tough diagnosis, your family is in transition. Maybe you can’t reach your partner, or you feel like you are losing your kids. Something needs to change. You feel exhausted, hopeless, and all alone. I see the suffering behind the brave face you put on to get through the day. It’s a scary place, but I know that you can change, heal, and grow.
You’re not sure how you got here, but you are not where you want to be. It feels so hard to just keep going. Things have happened and you are finding it hard to cope – an important relationship has broken down, you’ve lost someone or something significant, you’ve received a tough diagnosis, your family is in transition. Maybe you can’t reach your partner, or you feel like you are losing your kids. Something needs to change. You feel exhausted, hopeless, and all alone. I see the suffering behind the brave face you put on to get through the day. It’s a scary place, but I know that you can change, heal, and grow.
(226) 799-0956 View (226) 799-0956

See more therapy options for London

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.