Family Counselling across Perth and Fremantle

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 counselling is not always fun and exciting, but the research indicates that family therapy produces lasting improvements for families who come in.

How can Family Counselling 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 counsellors 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.

Our Experienced Family Therapists 

Unami Magwenzi Senior Clinical Psychologist

Unami has over 12 years experience in counselling and has developed her relationship and family counselling skills during her time at Relationships Australia. Unami is passionate about working with young people, adults and their families. Unami is highly skilled at working with parents and caregivers around a range of issues including navigating the transition to parenthood, managing their child’s behaviours and emotional concerns, family breakdown, adjusting to life as a step-family, adoption and fostering, and attachment and bonding issues. Unami is trained in a range of parenting programs and is able to apply the strategies from these programs to provide 1:1 tailored support. Read more

Katherine Shanhun – Senior Psychologist 

With extensive experience working in Relationships Australia and private practice Katherine is passionate about relationship and family-based therapy and working young people and their families. Katherine has significant experience (12 years) working with individuals, and families in a variety of settings including private practice, Relationships Australia, and other counselling practices. Should you be struggling with relationship, individual or family matters Katherine can support you to address these concerns or challenges with compassion and care. Read more


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