Emotion Focused Family Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for Families (trauma modality)
Integrative Parenting Approach
HOW CORRIE CAN HELP
Heal past difficult experiences
Strategize to face challenges such as illness or loss of a loved one
Address concerns about child’s or parent’s behaviour
Process trauma or crises together
Achieve compromise on tough situations
Improve communication and positive interaction with one another
Process divorce healthily
Increase mutual understanding and respect
Adjust well with change together
Families face all types of challenges, conflicts and concerns. Family therapy can help you address concerns that you and your family may not have the tools or resources to resolve independently. We offer safe and open spaces for each family member to express and address issues the family system. Your therapist ensures and reinforces safety, respect and trust in the therapeutic space.
Family therapy helps people come together and work toward a shared goal. It is most successful when each family member is committed to one another and the process. We can help you learn new ways to communicate, problem solve, express emotion, and create resolutions and repairs.
You and your family therapist move toward healing and safety. Your therapist will not divide your unit, choose sides, or allow anyone to be harmful while in the therapeutic space. If you and your family are feeling stuck in negative patterns and responses, this type of support may help you learn new ways to develop a positive dynamic within your family.
DOES EVERY FAMILY MEMBER COME TO EVERY SESSION?
Not necessarily. Depending on the presenting issues, your therapist may suggest subsets of the family to attend sessions or for one family member to attend an individual session. For example, it is common for the parents to meet with the therapist to ensure they are on the same page before bringing the children into sessions. This can support the parents to develop shared parenting styles, beliefs, skills and show a respectful and united front.
WILL THE FAMILY THERAPIST AUTOMATICALLY SIDE WITH WHAT THE PARENTS WANT?
Parents always have the final say in what rules and structures are placed in their home. However, your therapist may work collaboratively with you to become curious about which rules and structures best suit the family. Your therapist will also respectfully address any harmful behaviours toward children to ensure all are safe and respected.
WHAT IF EACH FAMILY MEMBER HAS DIFFERENT GOALS?
Family therapy works best when everyone works on the same goal. If different goals are brought to session, the therapist will work with you to become curious and collaboratively determine which goals everyone is comfortable with and committed to. Your therapist may also work with you to categorize goals in an order that is supportive and validating.