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During a child's development from infancy to adulthood, many influences are responsible for shaping their ways of seeing the world, their ideas of their own identity and their place within society. Factors such as environmental setting, family, community and the media all shape a child. In a perfect world, a child would develop successfully into a happily functioning adult, without any problems along the way, however this is not usually the case and many children find that they may struggle throughout the process.
Adolescence (12 - 18 years old) is a particularly hard time for children. They are experiencing all kinds of new changes in their bodies and in their feelings. As well, they often feel misunderstood as they are struggling to leave behind their childhood and become adults. Adolescence has commonly been characterized by issues such as rebellious behaviour, lying, cheating, school performance problems, negative attitudes, disobedience and disrespect, sibling rivalry, drug and alcohol abuse, pressures from peers, depression, and issues of sexuality.
Moving from high school to college and college to independent living are some of the most difficult transitions in an individual’s life.
Many young adults find themselves struggling with significant mental health issues that become exacerbated by the pressures and demands of their school and/or early work career.
Pregnancy is a truly amazing and life altering experience. Processing the physical, emotional, relational and spiritual changes is a crucial part of the process. Women can have a wide range of emotions in this stage, and they can see many transitions in their identity, abilities, and relationships with themselves, their partners and their families.
The experience of bringing new life into this world can be described as the most beautiful and also can be one of the scariest of a person’s life. Postpartum therapy can be as gentle as sharing your birthing story and can continue on to providing on-going support to new moms (and dads). The postpartum time-period, also known as the “Fourth Trimester” can bring about extreme emotional and physical highs and lows. This time period requires a lot of support and can be strenuous for the couple, transitioning from partners into parents.
Relationships are living and breathing entities that need nurturance and attention. Couples often go many years feeling unhappy or unsatisfied in their relationship before seeking outside help. Couple’s therapy is a safe place to work through the difficulties and challenges you may be experiencing, in order to grow as a couple and feel satisfied in your relationship.
Parenting is truly the hardest of jobs. As our children grow the challenges change and grow right along with them. One age may be manageable, while the next phase may be very difficult. All children are different, requiring parents to have the skills to shift their technique and styles to accommodate each- no easy task! Children do not come with manuals-seeking parenting therapy can look like emotional support for parents, ideas and suggestions, or individualized behavioral modification treatment plans. We work with each family and develop treatments based on your needs.
Family therapy may involve the entire family or different subgroups at a time (parents, mom and kids, involved grandparents, only kids). Family therapy is a “systemic” approach involving all of the members, in order to avoid signaling out one person, which may lead to guilt or shame in that family member. Family therapy explores all the dynamics, rules, and struggles the family may be experiencing.