Family Therapy in Halifax

Parenting is known to be the most difficult job an adult can have. A parent’s job is all encompassing in that it serves to promote the physical, mental, emotional, and intellectual development of an individual from infancy into adult hood, and that is a lot of pressure. It’s no surprise that families often struggle to connect and communicate effectively in order to create the safe and nurturing environment we all need to be happy, thriving individuals. If your family is struggling, the therapists at Bird & Associates Psychological Services are here to help. We offer comprehensive family therapy services in Halifax, helping families in our communities learn and grow together.
The word “nurture” may come to mind when describing a healthy, functional family. Our families provide us the safe harbour to grow and change. The family systemic therapy approach is all about learning how to create a thriving family unit that nurtures each individual and creates strong bonds that ensure the family will continue to offer support and structure at all stages of life.
Sexual abuse of any kind is traumatizing and negatively impact the way we bond with our loved ones and friends. When intrafamilial sexual abuse occurs, the survivors may have difficulty maintaining a sense of safety and stability in their families, and this lack of familial support makes it difficult for them to develop and maintain healthy bonds with family, friends, and romantic partners now and in the future. Within the family, an abuse survivor may not trust the other family members, or they may feel the family let them down by failing to provide protection. It takes time and effort, but working together with a trained psychologist, survivors of intrafamilial abuse and their families can begin to heal.

During a separation or divorce, parents are likely experiencing a lot of stress and sadness, and they have struggles of their own. Worrying about the effects of divorce on children makes the entire process even more difficult. A family therapist makes the process of navigating the tough conversations and difficult moments a little easier. We also offer relationship therapy sessions for partners who are dealing with the effects of divorce or separation.

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Emotion focused therapy centers on the way that patterns of communication develop within relationships and how these patterns impact those relationships. Within families, specific members seem to have roles to play, and we often find ourselves falling into problematic ways of interacting out of habit. Emotion focused family therapy involves three stages of interactions. First, the family members define their patterns of miscommunication. Then, they gain awareness of problematic patterns of behavior as they occur, and finally, the family members develop skills to improve the ways they interact and communicate.

Family Therapy at Bird & Associates Psychological Services

While we often rely on emotion focused family therapy and family systemic therapy approaches, we understand that every family is different. Our psychologists have the experience and training to respond to the needs presented by families who visit us, and we adjust our approach to effectively address the issues families are experiencing.

" The greatest gift a parent has to give a child is emotional attuned attention in a timely manner. " - Sue Johnson

We are Currently Accepting New Patients and Referrals

Bird & Associates Psychological Services of Halifax welcomes anyone who may be interested in booking an appointment, receiving more information about our therapeutic approach or learning more about services offered to contact our office.