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What Is Family Therapy And What Can It Provide?

Family therapy is a type of counselling (psychotherapy) that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. It is a practice focused on helping dysfunctional families become functional by transforming patterns of behaviour into patterns of healthy choice. Family therapy is often short term and may be between 6-12 sessions. It may include all family members or just those most able or willing to participate. A treatment plan will depend on your family’s situation.

Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through demanding times, even after you’re done going to psychotherapy. It can help your family learn preferred interactions, reframe interactions, find united goals, clarify interactional dynamics, create space to process emotions and honour emotions. It enables families to discuss healthy relationships and explore current relationships in the context of the developmental nature of families, encourage self- responsibility, and create boundaries.

What Types of Problems can be addressed in Family Therapy?

All families at some point in their development can benefit from family therapy. Some common complaints that family therapy can help with include: poor communication, feeling distant from each other, disagreements, stress, complex developmental issues, teenage pregnancies, co-parenting, blended family issues, divorce and post-divorce conflicts, respect, family roles, financial stress, teenage rebellion, independence and sibling rivalry.

My Approach to Helping Families: My approach to family therapy is informed by my education- I have a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a Registered Psychologist with College of Alberta Psychologists, and a member of the PAA (Psychologists Association of Alberta), as well as a clinical member of the AAMFT (The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy). I have spent thousands of hours talking to families, helping them deal with many different issues in an effort to find peace and connection. If you are concerned about your children, how your family is communicating or not communicating, I can help you navigate what may feel like an overwhelming but needed conversation. There are ways to find peace and harmony in your home and I can help you to achieve this.

The family: We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant. Loving laughing defending and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together-Erma Bombeck

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