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FAMILY
THERAPY

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Family Dynamics

It is common to struggle with various impasses in our families. From the very beginnings of our lives as parents, expectations, misunderstandings and conflicts can leave us feeling unheard.


We affect each other in our families, and multiple levels of relationships and unconscious dynamics have powerful, even multigenerational effects. Taking a systemic look at our family experiences, the relationships within them, and what everyone needs can be transformative. Rather than the whole family needing to be present, it is possible to gain understanding and work towards changing the dynamics individually. I take a pragmatic and in-depth approach, revealing the psychological essentials of how communication and parenting styles can be upgraded to find the best fit for the situation we are facing. 

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Some common issues people want to address:

~ Family and relational dynamics
~ Pre or post natal depression and bonding
~ Parenting support
~ Parent - child dynamics
~ Psychological insight and how to create change
~ How we feel as parents and partners
~ How to foster healthy autonomy
~ Dysfunctional dynamics
~ Communication styles
~ Differences and expectations
~ Conflict, anger and reactions
~ Control and power dynamics - how much is healthy?

Teenage autonomy and transition to adulthood:

Often it is finding the unique and ever evolving balance between autonomy and support that is the most challenging for both parents and teenagers.  Learning to parent our teenagers to help them become autonomous and self regulating adults is extremely important. Respectful communication can often get lost along the way, particularly about differences expectations and ideologies. It can be useful to gain insight into what our teenagers need in order to feel supported and understood. Discussion, mediation and cultivating acceptance for growth in unexpected directions can benefit the whole family. 

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Family Therapy can help you...

...Address

differences, misunderstandings and patterns of behaviour

...Acknowledge

every family member's feelings, perspectives and needs 

...Notice

what what isn't creating an optimal sense of belonging

...Learn

to understand, mediate and cultivate empathy

...Create

balance and a compassionate, relational environment that fosters growth and connection

...Understand

what your family needs to move forward and evolve positively 

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