“Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.”
— Virginia Satir
Family counselling can help improve communication. The goal is to validate every family member’s needs while helping each communicate more effectively, resolving problems and re-establishing positive bonds. This can be particularly important in addressing parent-child or parent-teen conflict.
Family counselling can include the exploration of parenting styles and concerns, helping parents and step-parents explore effective parenting strategies. These are based upon three important parenting principles; communication that fosters mutual understanding, the opportunity for growth through encouragement and validation of personal responsibility, and the fostering of healthy self-esteem. Children and youth require a balance of structure and nurture. Step-parenting presents a unique challenge in managing these needs that family counselling can help facilitate.
As well, counselling for youth provides individual counselling for adolescents and pre-adolescents to help with issues common to youth, including anger, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, identity and developmental concerns.
Trained in Virginia Satir’s Family Therapy, Stephen has experience facilitating parenting programs with both Fraserside Community Services and West Coast Family Services, and has extensive experience working with families of all types and a variety of needs.
“There is no problem so great I can’t be solved.”
— Barbara Coloroso