families have sought the help of Counselling Associates. Usually
this entails helping families find solutions to problems such as:
discipline difficulties, school attendance and performance,
emotional, physical and sexual abuse, alcohol/drug abuse, extended
family conflict and communication difficulties.
don’t just include parents and their children.
It can also include uncles, aunts and cousins. They are made up of people working to meet their individual
and collective needs. Family
relationships are complex. At
Counselling Associates we can help clients understand those
relationships to help each individual family member find their place
in the family unit.
therapy involves getting family members communicate with each other.
A skilled therapist can act as a guide in these discussions
keeping the family members focused on the important topics.
Families benefit from this in a “learn by doing”
- Learning to communicate,
- Learning to recognize healthy family communication,
- Learning to keep focused on the current issue,
- Learning to resolve family conflicts,
- Learning to cope with other family member’s challenges such as:
depression, alcohol/drug abuse, anxiety or in the case of
children difficulty at school.
parents, we have children and help them grow, learn values and
become responsible members of society while maintaining adult
trying to accomplish these tasks in a complex family relationship
leads to tension and family breakdown.
one member of the family has a problem all members have a problem.
This is because each individual in the family interacts with
and affects all other members of the family.
Sometimes that problem can be centred around a teenager or
child in the family. The
problem may present itself as adolescent misbehaviour such as:
truancy, disruptive behaviour at school, lying, stealing, using
alcohol or drugs, sexual acting out, assault, or association with
negative peers. The problem may also present itself in the form of
adolescent depression, anxiety, withdrawal, low self-esteem or
suicidal ideation. Frequently,
parents are divided and in conflict around the care and discipline
of their children.
also have personal problems. They may have difficulty in their
marriage. They may have other challenges with depression, anxiety,
alcohol, drugs, employment or finances.
Counselling Associates we are dedicated to solving family problems
and helping you to have better family relationships.
James Vickers also works closely with
“Parents for Youth”, an organization that helps parents
with acting out teenagers.