“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself”

 

George Bernard Shaw, Maxim for Revolutionists

 

 

                        

Family

While Adolescent counselling is intended to help adolescents make sense of their feelings and behaviour. Approaches such as family therapy provide both parent and teenager with the chance of exploring their relationship and voicing their feelings in a supportive environment. It is done to help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is often short term. It may include all family members or just those most able to participate. The number of sessions will depend on your family's situation.

Often times, your families are the ones who made you the person that you are. Families are constantly changing, and throughout those changes, hurdles may arise. Counselling can help to change the way your family is communicating with each other, so that each individual can grow and contribute to the family. Within families, it is important to realize that we each affect each other. And we have often been affected by our parents, just as they were affected by their parents. We are also affected by our social environment. For example, our children are affected by their teachers at school.

Family Therapy can help your family to really work as a positive and productive team, so each individual can grow and contribute to each other.

Common issues addressed include:

  • parent-child (and total family) interactions
  • siblings not relating well
  • support for siblings and parents of special needs children
  • parenting issues
  • post-adoption issues
  • blended family difficulties (e.g. step-families, foster families, guardian issues)
  • multi-generational family concerns.

Sessions last 90 minutes. The sessions are confidential between you and the counsellor. The only time confidentiality is breached is when the therapist fears for your safety or another person’s safety.

If you are interested in learning more about beginning family therapy, please go to our Contact Page or call (087) 1520515