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.
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 sigificant 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.
Dr Andrew Stock (Read More)
Andrew is an experienced family therapist, and has worked with countless families to help improve their connectedness, establish and maintain healthy boundaries, and work through difficult transitions together. When a young person presents with psychological, emotional or behavioural issues, Andrew prefers to take a systemic approach. When systemic drivers of the presenting issue/s are addressed, the issues are often drastically modified or disappear altogether.
Natalie Marques – Senior Psychologist (Read More)
My extensive experience working with families, couples and significant others coupled with a Post Graduate Diploma in Family and Systemic Therapy (FST) Qualification utilizing a curious and neutral stance allows me to objectively explore the interaction patterns between family members and couples experiencing marital, sibling and family discord and separation. A positive and lasting change in family and couple dynamics is achieved by supporting families and couples to recognize the different beliefs, behaviours, communication styles and repetitive solutions that may have become ineffective and contribute to a sense of frustration and stuckness. Furthermore, the FST approach facilitates cohesion by developing empathy and connectedness through an understanding of the differences between people, improvement of collaborative problem solving and teamwork and the generation and application of effective solutions. Family and relationship counselling usually occurs on a fortnightly or monthly basis that enables people to reflect on ideas and apply solutions over a period to time. The number of sessions is dependent on the presenting concerns and their complexities and can range between 6 to 20 appointments per year.