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Family Therapy in Calgary

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Choosing to get family therapy is a profound and transformative decision that strengthens family bonds, improves communication, and resolves conflicts. It acknowledges the interconnectedness of family members in a nurturing and supportive environment, where positive change can take root and grow. Eventually, we try to make enough progress that future sessions do not need the whole family to attend.
 
At Flourish Psychological Services in southeast Calgary’s Douglasdale neighbourhood, we understand the importance of finding the right family therapy near you and setting a strong foundation for a successful, long-lasting transformation. Here, you can expect careful, therapeutic approaches that are tailored to meet your family’s unique needs, led by a highly skilled and compassionate team of counsellors. We believe that every family has the potential to thrive, and we are dedicated to providing the tools, support, and expertise necessary to make that happen.

Benefits of Family Therapy

Are you thinking to yourself, “Why should my family get therapy? Will it be effective?” We understand that it might be a brand-new idea to you. Here are some of the main benefits of family therapy:
 

  • It provides a safe and non-judgmental space where family members can openly express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns.

  • It can foster understanding, empathy, and acceptance among family members, promoting emotional healing and building stronger connections. 

  • By addressing communication patterns, family roles, and conflicts, family therapy helps cultivate healthier dynamics and equips families with effective strategies for future problem-solving and conflict resolution.

Finding the Right Family Therapy for You

A counsellor who understands your unique culture and context creates a therapeutic environment that feels safe, comfortable, and inclusive for your family. This understanding allows for a deeper connection, more effective interventions, and a clearer overall process as you proceed.

At Flourish Psychological Services, we prioritize your family's well-being and growth. We foster a collaborative partnership with you and your family, working together to identify goals and develop a personalized treatment plan. Choosing us means choosing a team that is truly dedicated to your family's success – passionate about empowering you to overcome challenges and build a better future together. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a thriving family dynamic.

The Goals of Family Counselling

The goal of family counselling (aka family therapy) is to promote family healing, self-awareness, acceptance, and resolution. Through these sessions, family members work together in a safe and supportive space to address challenges, foster understanding, and improve communication. It helps individuals gain insight into their own emotions, behaviors, and patterns within the family system, allowing family members to embrace each other's differences and unique perspectives.

Scheduling Family Therapy Near Me

Scheduling an appointment for family therapy is simple and convenient. You can reach out to our clinic in Calgary to set up an initial phone consultation, and our friendly staff will guide you through the process, answering any questions you may have. We understand that every family's situation is unique, and our therapists are here to meet your specific needs. We even offer online counselling, so if you have a busy schedule, that can be a good option to ask about!

Family Therapy Types

In our practice, we incorporate various types of family therapy techniques to get the best results:

Family Systems Therapy

This method examines the complex interplay of family dynamics and relationships, recognizing how they impact individual members and promoting healthy functioning within the family unit. It can be further divided into structural, strategic, and intergenerational therapies, which focus on different aspects of relationships and values that may influence how family members perceive one another.

Narrative Therapy

Narratives explore the stories and themes that shape a family's experiences, allowing for the creation of empowered new perspectives and meanings that can foster growth and empathy.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This is a common therapeutic approach that targets negative thinking patterns and behaviors, aiming to identify them and bring about positive change.

Solution-Focused Therapy

SFT places emphasis on identifying strengths and solutions within the family, working collaboratively to achieve positive change and progress towards desired goals.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT encourages mindfulness, acceptance of difficult emotions, and a commitment to taking actions that align with one's core values, promoting psychological flexibility and well-being.

Starting a Family Therapy Intervention

Our therapeutic intervention process begins with a comprehensive assessment of your family dynamics, strengths, and areas for growth. Together, we establish clear goals for therapy and create a roadmap for your family's journey. Throughout the therapeutic process, we implement evidence-based techniques and interventions tailored to your family's specific needs, fostering healing, growth, and positive change.

Family Therapy Concepts

In family therapy, we explore how the full system interacts – not just each individual member, but all of them together, along with surrounding influences from culture and the environment at large. Some of these concepts include:

  1. Self-differentiation

  2. Emotional triangles (i.e., parents with a child) and cutoff

  3. Family projection processes and multigenerational transmission of values/expectations

  4. Sibling interactions and expectations

  5. External societal factors

More information about these concepts can be found here.

Family Counselling FAQs

What is Family Counselling and how does it work?

Family counseling is a form of therapy that aims to help families improve communication, resolve conflicts, and build stronger relationships. It typically involves all members of a family meeting with a trained therapist to discuss their issues and work toward solutions. Family counseling at our offices here in Calgary may include individual sessions as well as joint sessions with the entire family.

How can Family Counselling benefit my family?

Family counseling can benefit your family in several ways. It can help you communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts, and build stronger relationships. Family counseling can also help you learn new coping skills, how to manage stress, and how to deal with difficult emotions. By working with a therapist here in Calgary, your family can develop a deeper understanding of each other and learn how to support each other in a healthy way.

What kinds of issues can Family Counselling address?

Family counseling can address a wide range of issues that affect families here in Calgary, including communication problems, parenting issues, divorce, blended family challenges, sibling rivalry, behavioural problems in children, mental health issues, substance abuse, and domestic violence. A trained family therapist can work with your family to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and goals.

How long does family therapy usually take?

The length of family counseling varies depending on the specific issues being addressed and the progress made during therapy. Some people's families may see improvement after just a few quick sessions, while others may require several months or even longer to achieve their goals. Your therapist in our Calgary office can work with you to determine a treatment plan that fits your needs and schedule.

How do I know if my family needs counselling?

If your family is experiencing conflicts, communication problems, or other issues that are affecting your relationships and well-being, family counseling in Calgary may be a helpful option. You may also consider counselling if you are facing a major life transition or dealing with a mental health issue that is affecting your family. If you are unsure whether your family could benefit from counseling, you can speak with a therapist here in southeast Calgary to learn more about the services they offer and how they may be able to help your family.

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