Family and couples therapy
Counselling designed to nurture change, build positivity and improve relationships
It can be challenging as couple or family unit to meet everyone’s needs when faced with the many pressures, stresses and distractions that everyday life brings. Family and couples therapy can be useful when excessive stress, grief, anger or other form of conflict have taken your relationships beyond ‘complex’ – to become unhealthy.
What do we treat?
Family therapists assist family members, couples and others who care about each other, to improve their relationships, their communication skills and shift the influence of problems such as:
- Child and adolescent mental health
- Family relationships and adjustment to change
- Parenting issues
- Couple relationships
- Adult mental health
- Supporting family members through separation, mediation and divorce
- Child and adolescent behaviour
- Eating disorders
- Drug and alcohol misuse
What psychological therapies do we offer?
Systemic family and couple therapy is a therapeutic approach that is effective in fostering change, by providing a safe and supportive space to explore difficult thoughts and emotions. Family and couples therapy helps participants to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Couple and family therapy is not about changing an individual. It is about working on the relationship between all individuals and the influence of these interactions on behaviour. Change can happen either from the new views generated from our therapy sessions and by experimenting with different ideas and behaviours at home.
As with any form of therapy, early intervention is a critical factor in the success of your sessions.
What to expect from your first appointment.
As a family or couple attending a family therapy session, it is important to include all of the individuals who are influenced by the difficulties you are experiencing.
During your initial 75 minute appointment we will explore:
- The problem you are experiencing
- Factors influencing your difficulties
- Previous attempts you have made at change
- Barriers to achieving change
- How you hope therapy will assist you
- Ways to reduce the negative influence on your family.
As well as exploring interactions within the generation undergoing therapy, we will consider influences from previous generations, attachment styles, beliefs, values and expectations that may perpetuate your relationship difficulties.
Like all psychotherapy, family and couple sessions are strictly confidential. This confidence will only be broken if someone’s safety is at risk, when we will discuss our concerns with you before assisting you to access any further support that you require.
Who can assist me?
BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), Clinical Psychologist
Dr Kim Eaton
BA (Hons), MPsych (Clinical),
Dr Esha Jamnadass
BPsych (Hons), MPsych (Clinical), PhD
Monday to Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9 am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 2:30pm
6 Outram Street
West Perth, 6005 WA
36 St Quentin Avenue
Claremont, 6010 WA
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