“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” – Virginia Satir
The role of the family in shaping the way we see ourselves and how we deal with the world around us is often overlooked. Family therapy focuses on assisting either the individual members or the unit as a whole to effectively deal with whatever problem is presenting itself. Family therapy can hence be done with individuals, couples or the family as a unit.
I often deal with the following in therapy:
- Resolving conflict between members of the family
- Trauma debriefing
- Assisting the family to support a family member who is chronically ill/mentally ill/disabled
- Adjusting to a new developmental phase (i.e the birth of a new baby; the empty nest-stage; young adults forming their own new families)
- Adjusting to a new family structure (i.e. blended families; divorced families; the death of a loved one)
Therapy is available in Afrikaans and English.