I work with families of all ages and types:
Parents and young children/teenagers
Parents/grandparents and adult children
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
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
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.