Our clinicians assist with a range of difficulties with an emphasis on each person’s relationships.
- Couple disharmony
- Child/adolescent emotional or behavioural problems
- Grief and loss
- Overcoming depression or anxiety
- Anger management
- Adjusting to stressful life events: divorce, retrenchment, relocation, mid life.
- Resolving difficulties from childhood.
- Tensions with extended family.
All of our clinicians are committed to the highest standards of:
- Professional ethics.
- Counselling that is informed by current professional research and scholarship.
- Counselling that is geared to the unique needs of each client.
- A mutual problem solving approach that aims to achieve a time efficient and economical service.
- Applying the principles of healthy relationships and functioning to their own lives.
We assist people of all ages with all kinds of life difficulties. What is distinctive about our approach is that we explore how relationships are both a resource and a challenge in a person’s effort to live a healthy productive life.
Some Core Principles of Family Systems Approach:
- Symptoms are viewed as connected to the big picture of a person’s life and relationships.
- Clients are helped to develop self-awareness of how they are reacting to others and how their reactions are being responded to.
- The past is explored to assist this awareness of circular patterns and the effect they have on people’s coping capacities. Events from the past are not viewed as the cause of symptoms but as anxiety generators that have been responded to in the relationship system. Hence each family member is affected differently by challenging events.
- The therapist works hard not to take sides with any member of the clients’ relationship system.
- Clients are encouraged to keep their change efforts outside of the therapy room – in the natural systems of real life and relationships. Hence sessions are often spaced out to allow for observing the things learned in counselling.