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Family Therapy Makes Lives Better

When a family seeks counselling altogether, it can be called family therapy. Family therapy is also about family interactions.


If you are facing some conflicts or you are looking for ways to communicate with your family, family therapy can be of great help to you.

How can Family Counselling or Therapy in Ottawa help you?


  • It can be very helpful for you to improve your communication skills.

  • It helps you learn skills to understand and deal with challenging situations.

  • You can get insights and understand the problems of your family.

  • It can be of great help to you to improve your relationships.

Who Is A Family Therapist? What Does A Therapist Do?

There are certain times when couples and families face problems that they don’t understand or are unable to resolve by themselves. At those times, they need some professional help from family therapists who are trained to deal with many of the interpersonal issues that arise in families, couples, or any relationship.


To resolve family issues, these professionals often use a variety of modalities  and techniques based on the issues. Let’s talk about some of the approaches that they use in family therapy are discussed below:

Systemic therapy


In this approach, a therapist will treat the whole family as one unit, as each member has some actions that are interrelated that impact the whole family. The process is focused on improving family interactions.


Structural therapy


The structural therapy process focuses on understanding the boundaries that evolve among families and making families interact productively to resolve the issues and build strong bonds among relationships.


Brief strategic family therapy


Brief strategic family therapy involves a dozen sessions with the goal of recognizing and reorganizing the communications in the family that is causing problems and misunderstandings. Moreover, the focus is also on reconstructing the behavioral patterns of adults by assigning some homework.




According to many studies, mental health conditions also affect families and relationships a lot. So, it becomes very important for families to be educated about mental health conditions, and that is the focus of therapists in psychoeducational therapy.

How Is Therapy Different for Kids?


There are various counselling methods for children and youth and one can benefit from them according to thier needs. However, there are certain conditions when multiple counselling methods are used as treatmet. The following are some therapy modalities  that are used for children and youth.

Talk and Play Therapy


Many kids find it difficult to share their problems or traumas with their parents. In such a situation, parents can consult a professional therapist for talk and play therapy. The process involves using different objects and toys to communicate.


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a therapy based on behavior. The process involves identifying the issues with kids that are causing behavioral issues with your kids. Once the issue is identified and resolved by a professional kids start acting normal. However, if the method doesn’t work, you may try some other therapy.


Cognitive Therapy


Cognitive therapy is for kids suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD. The therapy involves educating kids about identifying harmful things that are causing stress in their lives. This type of therapy is best for improving and making positive changes in the thought process of your kids. Moreover, this therapy is most commonly used for children and youth.


So, How Do You Find The Right Type of Therapy or Therapist For Your Child/Youth?


Completing all intake forms sent via our Jane booking system ahead of time and an intake session will help in the development of a counselling plan.

Some Facts and Figures to Understand Social Issues in Canada:

  • According to a report published in 2016 by the Canadian Community Health Survey, around 32 percent of adults in Canada admitted that they had experienced child abuse before the age of 16.

  • Twenty percent of Canadians suffer from mental illness or have an addiction problem.

  • 50 percent of Canadians over the age of 40 have mental health issues or have had mental health issues in the past.



With the rise in hate crime and social issues in Canada, it has become important for us to get educated about these issues or seek professional help if required.


Focus Forward Therapy Group provides family counselling in Ottawa. You can also consult therapists online by booking an online session with us.

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To access online counselling appointments, users simply need a tablet, computer, or mobile device with access to the internet.

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