Family life is fulfilling but can also be complicated. We know that things like separation, kids getting into trouble, blended families, new babies and money troubles can affect the whole family. Relate Family Counselling offers a flexible approach to sorting out problems. Everyone has family arguments at some time. Usually these just blow over, but sometimes they just get worse. This is when a Relate Family Counsellor can help you work things out in a way that’s best for everyone.
What it is
Family counselling is for families facing change, such as separation, divorce, a blended family, money troubles, or children getting into trouble. It is a counselling approach which gives each family member an opportunity to voice their concerns or worries and to be heard in a non-judgmental, non-threatening space. Families can be helped to move forward to agree common goals and to develop strategies for ensuring the wellbeing of each family member.
How it helps
We see families as a group for a first appointment to establish what the difficulties are and if we can help. Then we will see family members either individually and/or in smaller groups, to find out how each member relates to the rest of the family. By establishing each individual’s agenda and feelings, we can make sure everyone’s voice is heard and their feelings are acknowledged. Family counselling will help to build stronger family relationships.
What to expect
After seeing the whole family for an initial appointment, to find out if we can help, we can then schedule regular weekly appointments for up to an hour with each family member and/or small group of family members. Family counselling is available either online or in person.