Toronto Family Dynamics and Conflict Resolution Counselling
When we think about family, we might picture two parents and children all living in the same household. However, as times have changed, family today can include other people, such as grandparents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, step-parents, step-siblings, grandchildren, and other close friends that all share the same home.
With each individual in the family unit all having their own ideas, beliefs, desires, and so on, it can often lead to conflict between family members. The purpose of Toronto family dynamics and conflict resolution counselling is to help identify issues when conflict arises. My goal is to help family members develop the right skills and tools in order to work together to resolve family conflicts in a productive manner.
Family counselling can be very useful to help the family navigate through several emotional and trying times, including:
- Child Behaviour Issues
- Death of an Immediate Family Member
- Separation and Divorce
- Chronic/Terminal Illness of an Immediate Family Member
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse/Addiction by a Family Member
- Addictions to Video Games, Social Media, Internet, Pornography, etc.
- Puberty Behaviour Issues
- Body Shaming Issues
- Sexual/Gender Identity Issues
- Teen Dating, Romance, and Intimacy Concerns
- Teen Pregnancy
It is important to remember each family is unique. Your family may have their own issues and concerns not listed here. Yet they are still able to be resolved through family dynamics and conflict resolution counselling.
Addressing Conflict within the Family
There are sorts of conflict that can arise within a family. Sometimes the conflict can seem minor, like your sons fighting over whose turn it is to play video games. Although, while the conflict between your sons might seem minor to you, there could actually be a larger underlying issues you may not be aware of, like your older son calling your younger son names when you are not around.
Other time the conflict can be more serious from the start. For instance, you have grounded your teenager daughter and she sneaks out of the home, only to be caught when she returns homes.
It is vital to point out conflict is a natural occurrence that happens between individuals of all ages. Even toddlers can experience conflict when they have to share toys with other toddlers or are learning how to play together.
Family dynamics and conflict resolution counselling can help address conflict within the family from minor to serious issues. Being able to work through family conflict outside the home offers a neutral area for everyone to resolve their own conflict.
Family members are often more open to sharing and talking when placed in a supportive, caring, and non-judgmental environment counselling provides. The purpose of counselling is to help each member of the family have a voice and be heard in a productive manner in order to resolve the conflict.
For further information or to schedule an initial family dynamics and conflict resolution counselling session in Toronto, please feel free to contact me, Ellen Starr at 416-488-3102 today!