Family‌ ‌Counselling‌ ‌Services : Book an Appointment

Do you feel unheard and unseen in your family sometimes?

Feel like your parents or children aren’t communicating as effectively as they should?

Do you notice your siblings struggling to express themselves because they feel they won’t be understood?

Do you get that quiet, nagging sense that you can do better as a family?

If you have answered yes to most of these questions, then family therapy may be able to help you.

We all know how important families are in our lives; yet sometimes we underestimate the influence our family has on our life. The type of home environment and relationships shared with our families largely determine our quality of life and the person we grow to become. This makes it ever so crucial to ensure that our home is a positive, nurturing, and safe place for everyone.

Our families constitute a crucial source of support, security and guidance in our lives. Difficulties and issues encountered in the family can affect various aspects of all family members’ lives, and disrupt the family’s mental health and functioning. 

Issues‌ ‌faced by Families 

Some of the issues that many families may experience include:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Separation or divorce
  • Difficulty getting along with step-parents or step-siblings
  • Financial problems or unemployment
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Communication problems
  • Poor work-life balance
  • Infidelity
  • Conflicting beliefs, practices or personality
  • Jealousy
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Cultural or generational differences

During times of hardship, many families tend to become highly vulnerable and emotional, causing conflicts to arise frequently and strain relationships. Though each family has their own way of resolving conflicts and dealing with their problems, they may not always work. Family counselling provides a platform for you and your family to express your doubts and emotions healthily and thus, overcome difficulties as a team.

‌How‌ Family Counselling Works 

Family‌ ‌counselling can help reduce the levels of distress in your family and minimise any form of misunderstandings. By providing you with a safe space to talk about your thoughts and feelings, family counselling can give you and your family the opportunity to understand each other better and to look at the problem through each other’s perspectives. This allows you to build stronger bonds with your family members, which will greatly ease the process of conflict resolution. 

Often, when we feel like we are not being heard or understood by our family, we tend to disengage and stop putting in effort to open up. Though avoidance may seem like an easy way out, ignoring the problem – instead of talking about it – will only cause it to grow bigger. Having a platform for open and effective communication is important in ensuring that each family member is on the same page and working together to explore solutions for the problems faced. 

At‌ ‌Incontact,‌ ‌we‌ ‌provide‌ ‌a‌ ‌safe‌ ‌and‌ ‌non-judgemental‌ ‌space‌ ‌where‌ ‌ ‌you and your family ‌be‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌express ‌your‌ honest ‌thoughts‌ ‌and‌ ‌feelings freely.‌ ‌ ‌

Our therapists ‌can‌ ‌help‌ ‌your‌ ‌family‌ ‌to communicate effectively,‌ and‌ ‌work proactively‌ ‌to‌ ‌resolve‌ ‌conflicts.‌ Our therapists have years of experience in assisting clients resolve conflicts by exploring effective and healthy solutions for them. ‌ ‌

During family counselling, our therapists play a more passive role by observing and studying family roles as well as behaviour patterns. ‌This allows them to‌ ‌better understand‌ ‌and‌ ‌identify‌ ‌problems‌ ‌that‌ ‌contribute‌ ‌to‌ ‌the conflicts that arise at home.‌ By doing so, our therapists will also be able to pinpoint your family’s strengths and build on them to allow better conflict management and resolution. 

Typically, family ‌counselling‌ ‌consists‌ ‌of‌ ‌multiple‌ ‌sessions that aim to address the issues your family is facing, one at a time. In each of these sessions, our experienced therapists will guide your family in adopting positive coping strategies to deal with conflict and ensure that each individual in the family feels supported and heard. 

If you think your family is facing challenges that are difficult to manage, contact our mental health professionals who can help. Book an appointment with us for either an online or face-to-face counselling session. 

Additional‌ ‌Services‌

  • Couples‌ ‌Counselling

It is normal for couples to encounter numerous obstacles throughout their relationship. Relationships are not smooth sailing all the time. Instability in the relationship may not always only affect you and your partner, but your family around you as well. Extensively trained in the Gottman method, a proven and tested approach to couples therapy, our psychotherapists can help you and your partner work through any resentments and manage conflicts, and eventually reignite the respect and admiration that the two of you had for each other.

  • Adolescent’s Counselling

Adolescence‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌difficult‌ ‌time‌ ‌for‌ ‌many.‌ Especially during adolescence, change is the only constant – from physiological to psychological changes. This gives rise to much confusion and frustration among youths, especially so for those who have difficulty adapting to change. With adolescent’s counselling, our experienced therapists can provide guidance and support to adolescents that can help them find themselves and understand their thoughts, feelings and behaviours better. 

  • Children’s Counselling

Growing up is never easy. Childhood is a critical period of time and can come with seemingly endless hurdles. As parents, this may feel like an extremely heavy responsibility to carry, and we may not always have the best solutions for our children. Children’s counselling with our experienced therapists at Incontact may help you and your child navigate through this growing up process with greater ease. Our therapists can help guide and support your child in adopting healthy coping mechanisms that are crucial not only during childhood, but throughout their lifetime. 

Frequently‌ ‌Asked‌ ‌Questions‌

Q: ‌Do‌ ‌all‌ ‌the‌ ‌members‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌family‌ ‌need‌ ‌to‌ ‌attend‌ ‌family‌ ‌counselling?‌

A: It‌ ‌is‌ ‌highly‌ ‌encouraged‌ ‌that‌ ‌all‌ ‌family‌ ‌members‌ ‌attend‌ ‌counselling sessions.‌ ‌In order for family counselling to work, every member has to play a role in ensuring that they are considerate and sensitive towards others’ feelings and opinions. Furthermore, effective communication can only develop in the family if everybody is present and actively making efforts for change.  ‌

Q: ‌Isn’t‌ ‌it‌ ‌better‌ ‌for‌ ‌families‌ ‌to‌ ‌solve‌ ‌their‌ ‌own‌ ‌problems?‌ ‌

A: While some families may find it easier to solve problems on their own, not all families function the same way and deal with the same problems. Sometimes, seeking external or professional help may be more beneficial than trying to solve the problem on your own – which may cause even more conflict and misunderstanding. Family therapy can help your family pinpoint the issues that you are facing and explore ways to address them positively. Family therapy also can give your family a safe space to express your thoughts and emotions and communicate effectively.

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