Family Counselling

Family counselling promotes better relationships and understanding within a family. It may be related to a specific matter such as conflict with a child or between siblings, or to a crisis such as coping with the death of family member or the aftermath of divorce. Alternatively, family counselling may address the needs of the family when a member suffers from a mental or physical illness that affects the way the family relates. Family counselling usually occurs with all members present or with sub units of the family.

Family counselling teaches members new and more positive ways to communicate to replace old and destructive communication patterns.

It may also be used to point out how poor communication, especially between parents, affects the behavior and happiness of children. Children benefit from the safe forum of a session. They may be able to discuss in that environment, things they cannot discuss at home.

The family therapist also acts as moderator or mediator in family counselling. The therapist ensures that each family member gets time to express concerns and to contribute to the conversation as to how the family can do better. Sometimes the therapist may identify one or more family members who need more than the family therapy support and suggest individual counselling.

Couple or Family Counselling is provided only after an assessment of the level of violence in a family so that the safety of family members is protected.