Family Counselling Perth and Applecross
Family Counselling – a holistic approach
More often than not, the person that is referred to counselling is only a part of the problem. Family systems are complex, and involve many individuals. To be able to create change in this system, working as a family and identifying each individual’s contribution to conflict and disharmony is the most effective method to dissolve issues. In fact, understanding how each person relates emotionally and to identify expectations of each other in their relationships is the beginning of sustainable changes. Rather than just trying to fix the person with the behavioural or emotional problems, family therapy works on the whole family system.
Family therapy helps family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Family therapy helps change the broken patterns of communication and the sense of isolation, fear, abandonment, and any number of other challenges that families face. Family therapy is not always fun and exciting, but the research indicates that family therapy produces lasting improvements for families who come in.
How can Family Therapy help?
Family therapy is useful for the following issues:
- Health problems (i.e., chronic illnesses)
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Behavioural problems in children
- Anger management problems
- Adult mental health
- Foster care and adoption
- Co-parenting and separation issues
- Work related problems
- Traumatic experiences
- Parenting skills and family functioning
- Marital difficulties including separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
How does Family Therapy work?
A family therapy session usually lasts between 60-90 minutes; the intervals between sessions are from one to several weeks depending on the presented problems, the needs of the family members, the stage of the treatment and other variables. Decisions over these matters are negotiated collaboratively with clients and any other involved professionals. Although it is hard to estimate, and it differs widely, the average length of family therapy treatment ranges between 6 – 20 sessions.
Family therapists most often work with more than one family member in the room but individual sessions, or meetings with parents separate from children for example, are also offered when appropriate.
TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT PHONE: 08 6555 7786
- Phones answered Monday to Friday, 7 am to 5 pm
- After-hours appointments available weeknights to 7 pm, Saturdays 9am to 1.00pm
- Medicare rebates can be processed at your session
Our Experienced Family Psychologist – Dr Terry Olesen
Terry works with a range of issues including Relationship Counselling, Family Therapy, Mood Disorders, Aging, Pain Management, Critical Incident, Interpersonal Conflict, Family Discord/Conflict, Personal Adjustment, Drug & Alcohol, Workplace Conflict, Gender Identity and Career Choice.
Terry has worked as psychologist leading groups in Anxiety, Anger Management and Depression for Anglicare WA.
- Registered Psychologist in W.A. since 1999
- Former School Psychologist
- Training in systemic family therapy, ACT/CBT, and other modalities