Michael Hart, M.A., CCC
Certified Canadian Counsellor
1825 St. Joseph Blvd, Ottawa, ON K1C 7C6
Understanding the dynamic that exists between family members in the family system is a very important first step for helping familiesa achieve their therapeutic goals. Elim counsellors have done advanced studies in Family Systems Theory and are able to identify dynamics between family members and guide family members to conclusions that are necessary if unwanted dynamics are to be changed. By using this approach, family members are able to move away from unhealthy patterns of blaming each other and become more focus on changing unwanted dynamics.
Gill Reilly, MSW, RSW, RMFT
Registered Marriage and family Therapist, Certified EMDR
When working with families I have found that understanding how that particular family 'system' works is most important. Each family is unique with its own strengths and weakness. I also bring my extensive training in Attachment Theory to understand how each family member connects to the others. Helping each member be 'heard' and respected by the others goes a long way towards resolving issues within the family.
Suzanne More Kerr, M.A. (C. Psych.), C.C.C.
Marriage & Family & Individual Psychotherapist
611 - 267 O'Connor Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1V3
Family Therapy initiates an awareness of and a respect for the very different reality and experience held by each family members. it facilitates awareness of the uniqueness of each family member's individual identity, rather than promoting individual family members as a reflection of the other. Understanding unfolds such that family members are capable of developing a map of reality that reflects the awareness of, and respect for, the important needs of each family member . See www.newhorizonscounselling.com - Family Therapy
Abundant Living Counselling Group
Various locations in Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K2G 0G3
They dynamics and complexity of family therapy is best with the model of co-therapy where two counsellors are involved; one with parent(s) and one with other family member(s). Understanding how each member fits within the family system and how the family system operates as a whole is fundamental to relationship repair. Many times these dynamics are further complicated by a blended family situation, which has it's own stressors.
Meghan Simmons, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
451 Daly Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 2H6
Families often need support around issues including grief and loss, family break-up, life transitions, substance use, illness, parent-teen conflict, communication, among other issues. I work with families to help them to shift patterns that are leading to conflict and are challenging the closeness of the relationships. My aim is to support families to strengthen their bonds and to transform their relationships. I work with families of all ages including young children as well as adult children.
Jane Langmaid, M. Ed. (Counselling)
Registered Psychotherapist, Ontario
124 O'Connor St, Suite 503, Ottawa, ON K1P 5M9
I meet with families in "dyads" which means two people at a time, and may also meet members individually because I find this the safest and most effective way to rebuild relationships. For instance if there is conflict between parents and adolescent, I usually would meet with all three first to get a sense of the issues. This session needs to be carefully managed so it is not a blaming session. Subsequently I might meet with the adolescent individually Then have meetings with adolescent and each parent, as well as both parents together focus on those relationships. The goal is to identify and arrest negative cycles, and power struggles and start to address issues in a new way.
Laurie Bowen, B.Ed., C.D.C.,M.S.W.,R.S.W.
Registered Psychotherapist/Social Worker
Bank St, Ottawa, ON
When Laurie was in graduate school at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, she chose to specialize in Family Therapy because she believes that the family is centre of everything that is sacred. Looking at problems through a family approach takes the heat off of the offending member (often one of the children) and it puts it where it belongs, on the entire family system. For when there is a problem with one member of the family, then there is a problem for all of the members of the family. Trying to help only the offending member is a band aide approach that doesn't work and only further helps to damage the already fragmented family. All for one and one for all!
Yoshie Martinez, M.Ed., CCC
Canadian Certified Counsellor
317 Catherine St., Ottawa, ON K2R 5T4
Family is our most valuable asset. We love them, want to impress them and seek their approval. Yet, it is with our family that we get disappointed and fight with. We end up in a spiral of hurt and disappointment that feels hard to get out of. I help families communicate how important they are to each other, give a voice to each family member and provide tools to communicate their emotions and emotional injuries. Providing harmony to the family helps heal so much more.
Liesel Aranyosi, Registered Professional Counsellor
2130 Robertson Rd., Ottawa, ON K2M 1G2
Knowing the family dynamics is very important in Family Therapy. With this knowledge, I am able to point out to the family members how they are relating to each other. If there are dysfunctions in those relationships, I would want to address the root causes of the dysfunctions which could be their thoughts about themselves and the other family members. Once those irrational thoughts are addressed, then we can work on how each member can be relevant to each other and function as a family unit that works for all.
Ros Macdonald, BA, MSW, RSW
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Unit 125 - 2111 Montreal Rd., Ottawa, ON K1J 8M8
In times of crisis family members are likely to be more motivated to step out of old habits that no longer serve them well. I can support you to: • Resolve issues together; • Enhance communication, choosing words that affirm and inspire; • Foster your children and teens' ability to take personal responsibility; • Empower them to make moral choices; • Encourage their self confidence; • Use clear boundaries based on respect, peace and justice; • Perserve your couple time together; • Parent with greater unity; • Parent in single and blended families; and • Deal with separation, and life transitions. This is your opportunity. I am here to help.