Family Therapy in Saskatoon, SK

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Photo of Elliott Field, Registered Social Worker in Saskatoon, SK
Elliott Field
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
I have been a practicing clinical social worker with the Saskatoon Family Counselling Centre for the last ten years, working to support individuals and families in leading healthy lives. I specialize in working with adolescents and their families to develop skillful coping in response to life’s stressors. I have extensive experience supporting those who may be struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioural concerns and anger management. I am also experienced in providing individual counselling, couples counselling, anger management, and men’s mental health.
I have been a practicing clinical social worker with the Saskatoon Family Counselling Centre for the last ten years, working to support individuals and families in leading healthy lives. I specialize in working with adolescents and their families to develop skillful coping in response to life’s stressors. I have extensive experience supporting those who may be struggling with ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioural concerns and anger management. I am also experienced in providing individual counselling, couples counselling, anger management, and men’s mental health.
(306) 517-6924 View (306) 517-6924
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Jasen McQuarrie
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
3 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7K
Do you find yourself repeating painful struggles? Or experiencing anxiety that you just don't know how to hold or what to do with? Do you continue to have problems or issues with your family or loved ones? Is what you are doing or have been doing leaving you feeling stuck, unhappy or frustrated with certain aspects of your life but can’t seem to make lasting changes no matter how hard you try? Life is a journey, not a destination. However, the quality of your present moment experience determines the overall satisfaction of that journey.
Do you find yourself repeating painful struggles? Or experiencing anxiety that you just don't know how to hold or what to do with? Do you continue to have problems or issues with your family or loved ones? Is what you are doing or have been doing leaving you feeling stuck, unhappy or frustrated with certain aspects of your life but can’t seem to make lasting changes no matter how hard you try? Life is a journey, not a destination. However, the quality of your present moment experience determines the overall satisfaction of that journey.
(306) 900-4962 View (306) 900-4962
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Ashley E. Foster
Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), MACP, CCTP, BA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7H  (Online Only)
My therapeutic approach combines Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment/EFT Therapy, and EMDR.
Do you feel stuck due to mood, stress, experiences, or trauma? Are anxiety, guilt, or shame limiting your potential? Are you a first responder, current or former athlete, or someone going through significant life transitions? If so, I am here to provide you with a judgement-free supportive space tailored to your unique needs. Together, we will navigate the challenges of your past, present, and future experiences. I am here to support you every step of the way. Therapy is a courageous step, and I commend you for seeking help. I believe in working at your pace, ensuring that therapy is a comfortable and empowering experience for you.
My therapeutic approach combines Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment/EFT Therapy, and EMDR.
Do you feel stuck due to mood, stress, experiences, or trauma? Are anxiety, guilt, or shame limiting your potential? Are you a first responder, current or former athlete, or someone going through significant life transitions? If so, I am here to provide you with a judgement-free supportive space tailored to your unique needs. Together, we will navigate the challenges of your past, present, and future experiences. I am here to support you every step of the way. Therapy is a courageous step, and I commend you for seeking help. I believe in working at your pace, ensuring that therapy is a comfortable and empowering experience for you.
(306) 802-4816 View (306) 802-4816
Evolve Counselling & Wellness
Registered Social Worker
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7K
We offer individual, couple, and family counselling for all ages.
At Evolve Counselling & Wellness we provide a safe and welcoming environment to help individuals of all ages and demographics work through a variety of life challenges. Each counsellor at Evolves comes with great experience and desire to provide compassionate and quality care to our clients. Everyone at Evolve aims to meet people where they are at in their mental health and wellness journey. Our knowledgeable counsellors offer an assortment of therapy techniques to meet the unique needs of our clients. All clinicians are client centered and utilizes a trauma-informed care approach with everyone.
We offer individual, couple, and family counselling for all ages.
At Evolve Counselling & Wellness we provide a safe and welcoming environment to help individuals of all ages and demographics work through a variety of life challenges. Each counsellor at Evolves comes with great experience and desire to provide compassionate and quality care to our clients. Everyone at Evolve aims to meet people where they are at in their mental health and wellness journey. Our knowledgeable counsellors offer an assortment of therapy techniques to meet the unique needs of our clients. All clinicians are client centered and utilizes a trauma-informed care approach with everyone.
(639) 384-7674 View (639) 384-7674
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Alex Hartshorn
Counsellor, BFA, MA, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7M
Hi, I'm Alex! I am most passionate about working with adults who feel like they are stuck in one or many ways in life, perhaps struggling to find a path toward discovering who they really are or what they desire. I work with people who might experience "blockages" in the form of issues within their family system or environment, difficulties connecting with others and cultivating relationships, loss of relationships, a loss of purpose, significant life transitions, chronic stress, difficulty feeling a sense of safety and security, and recurring emotions such as anxiety, anger, or sadness, that can feel debilitating and confusing.
Hi, I'm Alex! I am most passionate about working with adults who feel like they are stuck in one or many ways in life, perhaps struggling to find a path toward discovering who they really are or what they desire. I work with people who might experience "blockages" in the form of issues within their family system or environment, difficulties connecting with others and cultivating relationships, loss of relationships, a loss of purpose, significant life transitions, chronic stress, difficulty feeling a sense of safety and security, and recurring emotions such as anxiety, anger, or sadness, that can feel debilitating and confusing.
(306) 988-4577 View (306) 988-4577
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Moni Bagonluri
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW, BA
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
Areas of focus: grief, loss, and bereavement, self-esteem, self-love, and body image, family conflict, women’s issues, empowerment, mindfulness and spirituality, healthy coping strategies/emotional expression, 2SLGBTQ+ Friendly, NIHB Provider, cultural adjustment, immigrant and refugees, trauma, mental health, stress management, health care workers.
Hello there :) My name is Moni, yes just like the song “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol, and I am a clinical social worker with a background in psychology and I am so happy you’re here. At the Whole Heart YXE, it is my goal is to use talk therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to reframe thoughts and the way we think. I want to teach you new skills to implement in your life, and build off the skills you already have! I am so excited to meet you and support you however I can.
Areas of focus: grief, loss, and bereavement, self-esteem, self-love, and body image, family conflict, women’s issues, empowerment, mindfulness and spirituality, healthy coping strategies/emotional expression, 2SLGBTQ+ Friendly, NIHB Provider, cultural adjustment, immigrant and refugees, trauma, mental health, stress management, health care workers.
Hello there :) My name is Moni, yes just like the song “Mony Mony” by Billy Idol, and I am a clinical social worker with a background in psychology and I am so happy you’re here. At the Whole Heart YXE, it is my goal is to use talk therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to reframe thoughts and the way we think. I want to teach you new skills to implement in your life, and build off the skills you already have! I am so excited to meet you and support you however I can.
(306) 900-4882 View (306) 900-4882
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Chelsey Gareau
Marriage & Family Therapist, BA, MAMFT
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
With experience and extensive training in Crisis Counselling and Marriage and Family Therapy, I am passionate about helping clients from all walks of life.
Pain, heartache and suffering is not something anyone anticipates experiencing. When it comes out of no-where it may seem too unbearable to handle. Individuals may suppress what they are feeling, behave in ways they never thought they would, and/or experience secondary symptoms that mask what is truly going on! Whether it is the initial pain you are experiencing and/or years of wear and tear, please know that there is help available to you! I would be honoured to help you make sense of your experiences and take back control.
With experience and extensive training in Crisis Counselling and Marriage and Family Therapy, I am passionate about helping clients from all walks of life.
Pain, heartache and suffering is not something anyone anticipates experiencing. When it comes out of no-where it may seem too unbearable to handle. Individuals may suppress what they are feeling, behave in ways they never thought they would, and/or experience secondary symptoms that mask what is truly going on! Whether it is the initial pain you are experiencing and/or years of wear and tear, please know that there is help available to you! I would be honoured to help you make sense of your experiences and take back control.
(306) 988-7872 View (306) 988-7872
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Cathy Nickel
Counsellor, BA(Adv), Psy, CHyp
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7N
Cathy Nickel, BA(Adv)Psy, C.Hyp is a trained professional with over 38 years of experience as an individual, group, family and marriage counsellor. Cathy is also available for workshops and lectures. Cathy is respectful of her clients. She uses a multidisciplinary approach. Cathy has recently added Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy to her practice and she is finding it a very transformative tool. Cathy is known as being straightforward and courteous. Cathy is gifted in bringing out the positives in her therapy sessions. She is also a Usui trained Reiki Master and teacher.
Cathy Nickel, BA(Adv)Psy, C.Hyp is a trained professional with over 38 years of experience as an individual, group, family and marriage counsellor. Cathy is also available for workshops and lectures. Cathy is respectful of her clients. She uses a multidisciplinary approach. Cathy has recently added Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy to her practice and she is finding it a very transformative tool. Cathy is known as being straightforward and courteous. Cathy is gifted in bringing out the positives in her therapy sessions. She is also a Usui trained Reiki Master and teacher.
(877) 959-2191 View (877) 959-2191
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Ashley Breland
Registered Social Worker, BA, BSW , RSW
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7H
My specialties: Trauma , Boundaries, Interpersonal conflict with family, extended family, and in laws, Body acceptance, Life Adjustment, Motherhood, Grief/Loss/Bereavement, Caregivers Stress, Self Esteem, Anxiety, and Mood.
Accepting new clients - Listen - if you’re finding yourself a tiny bit annoyed all the time, your relationships/connections are more drama filled than you’d like, if you notice yourself as the victim, you have a secret fear of saying no, being abandoned, or rejected, not liked or perceived as "being mean" - it's time for us to connect and unpack this together. I specialize in supporting folks that want to improve their relationship to self and to others, by first, digging into the root of the actual problem - which is not you. Recovering people pleasers, chronic "yes" people, and those stuck in scarcity will also find space here.
My specialties: Trauma , Boundaries, Interpersonal conflict with family, extended family, and in laws, Body acceptance, Life Adjustment, Motherhood, Grief/Loss/Bereavement, Caregivers Stress, Self Esteem, Anxiety, and Mood.
Accepting new clients - Listen - if you’re finding yourself a tiny bit annoyed all the time, your relationships/connections are more drama filled than you’d like, if you notice yourself as the victim, you have a secret fear of saying no, being abandoned, or rejected, not liked or perceived as "being mean" - it's time for us to connect and unpack this together. I specialize in supporting folks that want to improve their relationship to self and to others, by first, digging into the root of the actual problem - which is not you. Recovering people pleasers, chronic "yes" people, and those stuck in scarcity will also find space here.
(306) 900-6740 View (306) 900-6740
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Jeremiah Palmer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MAMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7K
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist? It’s a confusing title, but MFT’s have either a master's or doctorate degree specializing in family and interpersonal dynamics.
Who would you be if you truly had the freedom to be yourself? In this life, it can be easy to turn against yourself, believing that you are not enough as you are - to feel shame, resentment, hopelessness, or loneliness. I understand it takes courage to seek help when you are not at your best, so I take your decision to engage in therapy respectfully. I am committed to helping individuals build healthier relationships to reconnect with themselves and others. I believe in working collaboratively with clients to help them gain the insight and coping skills needed to lead a more fulfilling life.
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist? It’s a confusing title, but MFT’s have either a master's or doctorate degree specializing in family and interpersonal dynamics.
Who would you be if you truly had the freedom to be yourself? In this life, it can be easy to turn against yourself, believing that you are not enough as you are - to feel shame, resentment, hopelessness, or loneliness. I understand it takes courage to seek help when you are not at your best, so I take your decision to engage in therapy respectfully. I am committed to helping individuals build healthier relationships to reconnect with themselves and others. I believe in working collaboratively with clients to help them gain the insight and coping skills needed to lead a more fulfilling life.
(306) 517-7236 View (306) 517-7236
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Aspire Too Counselling & Professional Services
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RPsych, CCC
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7M
With our large team of therapists in multiple locations across Saskatchewan, we offer many services for the whole family.
We are a well established, highly trained team of therapists in the heart of the prairies. We have offices in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Melfort, & Kindersley. We offer both in-person and virtual services across the province.
With our large team of therapists in multiple locations across Saskatchewan, we offer many services for the whole family.
We are a well established, highly trained team of therapists in the heart of the prairies. We have offices in Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Melfort, & Kindersley. We offer both in-person and virtual services across the province.
(306) 988-7457 View (306) 988-7457
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Adeola Adenugba
Counsellor, BA, MAMFT, CCC, Victims, Service
Verified
1 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7H
Welcome! Thanks for checking my profile. I hold a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and in Gender Studies. I’m a professional member of the CAMFT, PACCP and CCPA. Being familiar with some of life's struggles myself, I value the opportunity to support my clients and walk alongside them as they journey through life's complexities. In my role as a therapist/counselor, I work with my clients on their personal and mental health, to foster their general sense of well-being and peace of mind.
Welcome! Thanks for checking my profile. I hold a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and in Gender Studies. I’m a professional member of the CAMFT, PACCP and CCPA. Being familiar with some of life's struggles myself, I value the opportunity to support my clients and walk alongside them as they journey through life's complexities. In my role as a therapist/counselor, I work with my clients on their personal and mental health, to foster their general sense of well-being and peace of mind.
(306) 801-7733 View (306) 801-7733
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Stephanie Lynchuk
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MISW
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
For the last 10 years, I have been a front line worker supporting individuals struggling with Mental Health and Addictions (concurrent disorders, family & addiction, mental health: bipolar, anxiety, depression, self-esteem), grief & loss, stress . I enjoy utilizing humor as part of my practice, along side a variety of modalities suited to each clients unique individual needs. I strive for a non judgmental, empathetic approach to therapy, with a large portion of my knowledge coming from not only education, but personal lived experiences.
For the last 10 years, I have been a front line worker supporting individuals struggling with Mental Health and Addictions (concurrent disorders, family & addiction, mental health: bipolar, anxiety, depression, self-esteem), grief & loss, stress . I enjoy utilizing humor as part of my practice, along side a variety of modalities suited to each clients unique individual needs. I strive for a non judgmental, empathetic approach to therapy, with a large portion of my knowledge coming from not only education, but personal lived experiences.
(306) 900-4247 View (306) 900-4247
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Denise Norris
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RSW , SEP
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
Waitlist for new clients
I work with a lot of youth and families that are struggling with anxiety, stress, self-esteem, and family conflict. I also work with couples seeking to communicate better understand each other and improve their relationship.
I work with a lot of youth and families that are struggling with anxiety, stress, self-esteem, and family conflict. I also work with couples seeking to communicate better understand each other and improve their relationship.
(306) 517-6259 View (306) 517-6259
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Stephanie Morin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, MISW, RSW
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7K
Self-harm/ Suicidal thoughts/ Substance Use Disorder/ Addiction/ Abuse/ Job Loss/ Career Change/ Depression/ Anxiety/ Self-Love/ Low Self-Esteem & Self- Worth/ Empowerment/ Relationship/ Family Dynamics/ Body Dysmorphia /Sexuality/ Queer Issues/ Trauma/ Grief and Loss/ Prenatal Mood Disorders/ Post-Partum/ Boundary Setting/ Healthy Coping/ Communication.
At Sâkâstew - Empowerment Wellness & Counselling, we are privileged to introduce you to a unique approach to mental health therapy. Stephanie's therapy style is holistic, drawing from her rich Indigenous heritage. She firmly believes that every individual, regardless of their background, shares a profound and interconnected relationship with the world around them. Her mission is to guide you in tapping into this inherent potential, offering empowerment that enables you to surmount challenges, heal from trauma, and manifest your cherished desires.
Self-harm/ Suicidal thoughts/ Substance Use Disorder/ Addiction/ Abuse/ Job Loss/ Career Change/ Depression/ Anxiety/ Self-Love/ Low Self-Esteem & Self- Worth/ Empowerment/ Relationship/ Family Dynamics/ Body Dysmorphia /Sexuality/ Queer Issues/ Trauma/ Grief and Loss/ Prenatal Mood Disorders/ Post-Partum/ Boundary Setting/ Healthy Coping/ Communication.
At Sâkâstew - Empowerment Wellness & Counselling, we are privileged to introduce you to a unique approach to mental health therapy. Stephanie's therapy style is holistic, drawing from her rich Indigenous heritage. She firmly believes that every individual, regardless of their background, shares a profound and interconnected relationship with the world around them. Her mission is to guide you in tapping into this inherent potential, offering empowerment that enables you to surmount challenges, heal from trauma, and manifest your cherished desires.
(306) 900-0951 View (306) 900-0951
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Riki Yandt
Registered Social Worker, BSW, MSW, RSW
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7L  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a queer and non-binary registered social worker and therapist. I identify as neurodivergent (ADHD) and welcome individuals with various communication and sensory needs. I primarily work with youth and adults (16+) who might be interested in exploring themes around gender and sexual diversity (identities and relationships); family and state violence (interpersonal, domestic, and LGBTQ relationships); class dynamics; neurodivergence; fatness and fatphobia; chronic health conditions; workplace stress; anxiety and depression.
Hello! I am a queer and non-binary registered social worker and therapist. I identify as neurodivergent (ADHD) and welcome individuals with various communication and sensory needs. I primarily work with youth and adults (16+) who might be interested in exploring themes around gender and sexual diversity (identities and relationships); family and state violence (interpersonal, domestic, and LGBTQ relationships); class dynamics; neurodivergence; fatness and fatphobia; chronic health conditions; workplace stress; anxiety and depression.
(844) 725-2037 View (844) 725-2037
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Insight Counselling & Holistic Therapy
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW, RYT 200
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7L
I have worked with people as they find healing through the impacts of traumatic events and uncomfortable circumstance due to sexual abuse/assault, addictions, relationship struggles, family issues, mental health, sexuality, etc.
Are you looking to make a change in your life? Perhaps you are dealing with the impacts of trauma? Your reasons for reaching out is valid. At Insight Counselling & Holistic Therapy you will experience a compassionate, open-minded, trauma-sensitive approach to counselling. Holistic therapy combines traditional talk therapy with breath and body work, aiming to help you find balance by focusing on your mind-body connection.
I have worked with people as they find healing through the impacts of traumatic events and uncomfortable circumstance due to sexual abuse/assault, addictions, relationship struggles, family issues, mental health, sexuality, etc.
Are you looking to make a change in your life? Perhaps you are dealing with the impacts of trauma? Your reasons for reaching out is valid. At Insight Counselling & Holistic Therapy you will experience a compassionate, open-minded, trauma-sensitive approach to counselling. Holistic therapy combines traditional talk therapy with breath and body work, aiming to help you find balance by focusing on your mind-body connection.
(306) 992-9029 View (306) 992-9029
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Susan Derry
Marriage & Family Therapist, BEd, MSPsy
4 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7K
Whether you want to improve your relationship with yourself, your spouse, your family or your co-workers, I will help you discover your strengths and resolve issues that are keeping you stuck.
Are you feeling stuck? Do you know what needs to change, but find yourself repeating the same unhealthy patterns? I will help you consciously design your best life. Think and act more positively and confidently. Create a tipping point to propel you into the life you desire. I will help you build on your strengths to reach your full potential.
Whether you want to improve your relationship with yourself, your spouse, your family or your co-workers, I will help you discover your strengths and resolve issues that are keeping you stuck.
Are you feeling stuck? Do you know what needs to change, but find yourself repeating the same unhealthy patterns? I will help you consciously design your best life. Think and act more positively and confidently. Create a tipping point to propel you into the life you desire. I will help you build on your strengths to reach your full potential.
(866) 763-9140 View (866) 763-9140
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Angie Howlett
Registered Social Worker, BA, RSW, QMed
Verified
Saskatoon, SK S7M
I specialize in mediating elder and estate disputes, family conflicts, landlord-tenant issues and workplace disputes.
Hi! I am Angie. I am a registered social worker and I have been supporting residents of Saskatoon on their mental health and wellness journey since 2016. In 2021, I began taking conflict resolution training and fell in love with the field. Nothing is more fulfilling than supporting individuals through conflict. Resolving conflict effectively facilitates empowerment through self-determination, capacity building and increased communication for healthier relationships. I offer strengths-based, solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) counselling and a variety of conflict resolution services.
I specialize in mediating elder and estate disputes, family conflicts, landlord-tenant issues and workplace disputes.
Hi! I am Angie. I am a registered social worker and I have been supporting residents of Saskatoon on their mental health and wellness journey since 2016. In 2021, I began taking conflict resolution training and fell in love with the field. Nothing is more fulfilling than supporting individuals through conflict. Resolving conflict effectively facilitates empowerment through self-determination, capacity building and increased communication for healthier relationships. I offer strengths-based, solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) counselling and a variety of conflict resolution services.
(306) 992-2532 View (306) 992-2532
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Ariel Brown
Counsellor, BA, MA, CCC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Saskatoon, SK S7H
Accepting new clients for virtual counselling only. Evening and weekend appointments available. Do you feel burdened by negative thoughts and self-talk? Are you experiencing uneasiness about past events? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life transitions? Have you been struggling in your relationships? Let us work together to help you move forward with greater self-awareness, more self-compassion, and clarity about your future. I offer individual, relationship/couples, and family counselling to adolescents and adults of all identities, partnerships, relationship units, and family structures.
Accepting new clients for virtual counselling only. Evening and weekend appointments available. Do you feel burdened by negative thoughts and self-talk? Are you experiencing uneasiness about past events? Are you finding it difficult to navigate life transitions? Have you been struggling in your relationships? Let us work together to help you move forward with greater self-awareness, more self-compassion, and clarity about your future. I offer individual, relationship/couples, and family counselling to adolescents and adults of all identities, partnerships, relationship units, and family structures.
(306) 400-5202 View (306) 400-5202

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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.