Family Therapy

How do you feel when you think about your family? Are there feelings of warmth and love? Or does tension and anger take precedence? Relationships with family can be complicated and messy. Our family unit may be our primary source of support and care, or the reason for our stress and disappointment. Sometimes, they are both.

Every family experiences challenges, often stemming from times of transition. A recent move, an illness, or a shift in your family composition can trigger uncomfortable feelings, sometimes bringing long-held resentments to the surface. Families can also face chronic difficulties due to damaging patterns of behavior or negative mindsets. A family psychologist can guide you in handling these trials with grace and wisdom.

Unlike individual therapy, family therapy usually involves all the members of a household. It’s designed to help family members better understand each other to communicate in a healthy and productive manner. This way, they can move past their current challenges and into a more hopeful future.

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What is Family Therapy?

Family therapy is an opportunity for the members of your household to meet with a mental health professional to address some specific challenges you have been facing together. Your counsellor will focus on helping you build healthy communication and conflict-resolution skills while suggesting actionable strategies to resolve the issue at hand.

When faced with setbacks, we often begin assigning blame to another party, pointing fingers and making accusations. These impulses can be detrimental to family relationships. A family counsellor can show you how to redirect those energies into finding practical solutions.

What Can We Expect as an Outcome of Family Counselling?

At Fruits from the Roots, we look forward to providing your family a safe and welcoming environment to share your concerns. We understand that within your family, there may be varying levels of comfort with the idea of therapy, and we will strive to meet each participant where they are on their therapy journey.

Through your interactions, your therapist will gain an understanding of your family dynamics and the role it has played in your current situation. Rather than looking to find fault, you’ll be encouraged to zoom out and view your family as an interconnected system. By working on your mindsets, responses and attitudes, you can achieve a more harmonious relationship with each other.

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How Does Family Therapy Work?

For your convenience, we offer online family therapy in Toronto and for residents in the surrounding areas. We understand it can be difficult to coordinate schedules between multiple people in order to attend therapy regularly, and our aim is to provide accessible family counselling to Toronto residents and those in neighboring regions.

Each therapy session will be approximately 50 minutes long. You can expect a safe place to open up and share the challenges that have been weighing on you. Our family therapists are trained to focus on conflict resolution and facilitate constructive conversations.

We rely on a solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural, narrative and trauma-informed therapeutic approach. Your counsellor may suggest strategies or practices you can adopt in your daily routines to assist in rebuilding and strengthening your bonds. Our objective is to guide you in overcoming obstacles and healing your relationships.

FAQs

Families often seek out therapy during particularly challenging periods. Common reasons for family therapy include:

  • divorce, separation or remarriage, particularly when children are involved
  • conflict between family members
  • children’s behavioral issues
  • a death in the family
  • adoption
  • birth of a child

However, family therapy can also help build and maintain healthy relationships. Disagreements and discomfort are common between family members, and it can be useful to have the right skills to lean on during times of turbulence. You can think of it as a tune-up or a preventative measure, to invest in your family during a period of relative calm so you will have the tools you need to handle tough situations in your future.

Some individuals are opposed to attending counselling sessions. They may have long-held, negative beliefs about therapy or feel uncomfortable about opening up to a perceived stranger.

It can be helpful to identify the issue driving you to seek therapy. If your family member agrees it is a problem that requires addressing, they may be more open to seeking professional advice. Let them know that we offer a complimentary, no-obligation intake session, where they can gauge their comfort level and discuss any concerns with your assigned therapist.

In some cases, you may choose to consider individual counselling instead. Our therapists can provide you with tools and strategies to connect with your family members while helping you strengthen your own mental health and well-being.

To start family counselling, please complete our intake consultation form or create a client account on the Client Portal. A member of our team will reach out to you to book a complimentary intake session lasting approximately 15 minutes. During this time, you’ll meet your assigned therapist and provide background on your presenting issues and goals for family therapy.

To assist your therapist in providing the best possible service for your needs, we request that all members of your household be present for the initial intake session and subsequent full-length sessions.