Families

Families

I work with families of all ages and types:

Parents and young children/teenagers

Parents/grandparents and adult children

Siblings/step siblings

Multi-generational families

Blended families/step families

Sometimes families find it hard to communicate and can even reach a point where communication stops altogether.

Families can be loving and supportive, but sometimes the stresses and strains of everyday life makes this ideal difficult to achieve. Individual family members can feel isolated, rejected, sad or angry.

I have worked with families facing many challenges, including:

Parents, children and/or adolescents feeling misunderstood or not heard

Communication difficulties

Family arguments

Siblings are not getting on

Separation or divorce

Adapting to a new family/step family

Issues with in-laws

LGBT issues/sexual identity

Loss of a parent/family member

Effects of illness in the family

Stressful life cycle events

Problems at school/college/university

Cultural/religious issues

Counselling can help explore these difficult issues in a safe environment and help families re-connect. When family members are given a chance to share their feelings and feel heard much healing can take place.

When working with families I usually meet with various combinations of people. Some sessions may involve the whole family together, others may involve a sub-set of family members and some sessions may take place with individuals.

Family