Family therapy can support members in achieving more desired ways of engaging with each other, fostering stability, and coping with hardship. I pay attention to generational influences, emotions & attachment bonds, interaction patterns, and can help you identify how, if possible, members can exist in ways that honour both the family bond and personal authenticity.
As a systemic therapist, I work from the concept of "linked lives" and consider how your experiences in the family and as individuals:
I attune to how context (e.g. values, culture, society; past and present) influences experience.
In my work with clients, the problem is the problem; it is not who one person is but instead, is something the family unit is teaming up against. The relationship is viewed as a system, which means everyone engaging in therapy has a responsibility to work towards therapeutic change.
Please note that currently, I do not have any capacity to work with clients who are at high risk. That is, those experiencing recent (in the last 3 months) or current Intimate partner violence and/or domestic violence, current active suicidal ideation/attempts.
I work collaboratively with you to identify and understand:
A common misconception is that therapy is and should be a "last resort".
Subsequently, many people do themselves and the relationship system a disservice by waiting until things have "blown up" to seek therapy. At this point, they react out of a place of desperation and urgency and hope that therapy will be a quick, saving grace.
Favorable outcomes are correlated with therapy for the purposes of proactivity and maintenance.
This is not to say that family therapy cannot be helpful even if it is a last resort. With that, what you should know is:
Family therapy is a PROCESS that requires commitment, time, and patience.
Communication and Conflict
Relationship Trauma (e.g. broken trust)
Dynamics of Power
Balancing individual and relationship needs
Racial Identity (BIPOC)
Gender and Sexuality (LGBTQ2IA+)
Intercultural relationships (e.g. interracial, interethnic, interfaith)
Adjusting to expected and unexpected, welcomed and unwelcomed changes:
Pregnancy and Parenting
Relationship Ruptures(e.g. Separation & Divorce)
Family of Origin impact on Family of Choice/Procreation
Experiences of subjugation, oppression, marginalization, dehumanization, brutality, & criminalization inflicted on you (and your communities and ancestral lines) because of your identities and ways of being
Internalized "-isms" & "-phobias"
Anger, Anxiety, Fear, Grief
Emotion Processing and Regulation (self and co-regulation)
My standard rate is $165+HST per 50 minutes. For payment, I require a card to be uploaded to your secure electronic file, and bill you directly. You would be able to submit receipts to your insurance company if they cover services offered by a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).
Session length is determined by therapeutic benefit, therapy goals, and client preferences. Sessions can range from 50 to 80 mins, at a pro-rated price.
I have a 48 hour late cancellation and late reschedule policy. The full session fee is applied to no-shows and sessions cancelled or rescheduled with less than 48 hours notice.