Flexible counselling to accommodate
complex family relationships
Counselling for Families
Supporting and strengthening families ties
Families can be a source of support, love, encouragement and joy. Sometimes however families are put under strain and family members can start to feel isolated, overlooked, upset and angry. Family counselling can also be useful for adult siblings and when there are splits and conflicts in any adult family relationships. You may be having difficulties with your grown up daughter or son. There may be problems with in-law relationships. Wherever help is needed the only criteria is that you are related to each other.
Family Counselling is very flexible, it has to be as every situation and every family is unique. Your Counsellor will work with you to plan future appointments or to guide you towards one of our other services if that seems more appropriate. Please note, when help is needed to resolve issues that are clearly couple problems and between adult sexual partners, married or unmarried, we will suggest a course of Couple Counselling with one of our specifically trained Couple Counsellors.
Family counselling deals with all stages of family life cycles:
Families with young children, arrival of a new baby
Families with adolescents
Forming couples/ divorce or separations
Stepfamilies/ new relationships
Children leaving home or moving in
Ageing parents, and changing roles and responsibilities
Bereavement and dealing with loss
Families affected by addiction issues
We understand that someone misusing substances can affect the whole family and how people behave and relate to each other. Often the family members suffering goes unnoticed or can be viewed as not as important as the ‘addicted persons’. We recognise that the family as a whole, or individual family members can start to become emotionally unwell due to the stress of caring for their loved one who is misusing substances.
We realise how stressful it is for you living with or being in relationship with someone who is misusing substances. It can be hard to know if what you’re doing is really helping and how much you are affected by someone else’s behaviour. We can help you identify and understand your role in the addict’s recovery, but even more crucially help you to bring emotional wellbeing back into your own and your family’s life. We will support you to maintain direction and control of your life.
Additional to counselling support we run a Concerned Others Support Group meeting weekly except over the Christmas holiday week, and a structured 6 week programme for those affected by another’s substance misuse.
How can we help you?
To access all Family Counselling, one of your family members needs to contact our centre on behalf of all those intending to come for an assessment. The receptionist will need information about each person coming for the first appointment.