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Anita Thandi, MA, RCC and Anil Baines MA, RCC

Family & Parenting

  • tree representing growth for families and parentsAre there times when it feels like your family is falling apart?
  • Are you trying to help your child deal with a recent separation or divorce?
  • Do you want more harmony in your family?
  • Are you concerned about how a family member is dealing with a life stressor, addiction or a mental health concern?

As we deal with life stressors such as separation and divorce, work transitions, physical or mental illness, the family unit can be tested to its limits. When a member of the family is struggling with an issue, invariably the entire family unit is affected. The resulting family conflict can feel unbearable. At these times, we may need support to transition through the changes. Counselling can be a way to allow expression and processing for family members during this difficult period, resulting in restored, working relationships.

  • Extended Family
  • Cultural expectations
  • Elder Care
  • Parent-Teen Mediation
  • Mental Illness
  • Addiction


Whether you are a new parent, a parent of teens or blending a family, having an opportunity to problem solve, receive support, feel empowered and make informed decisions can all be achieved in counselling. Finding practical, solution oriented techniques during counselling sessions to deal with common parenting issues like routines, chores, expectations and discipline are some of the things commonly discussed by parents.

Parents often access counselling to address concerns about how a child is managing a life challenge or is struggling with anxiety, depression or an addiction. Counselling can offer support, ideas and clarity while developing strategies and interventions to best support their child.

Blending a family can be very challenging as both parents have different expectations based on how they were parented themselves and how roles may have differed in their previous relationship. In these cases counselling will allow for an open dialogue and facilitate movement to an agreement on how to handle situations pro-actively versus waiting for a crisis to develop.

Family Counselling can help you:

  • Feel understood and listened to by the members of your family.
  • Recognize unhealthy roles and patterns that each member plays out.
  • Develop a way to talk and problem solve around difficult, perpetual problems.
  • Create more connection, meaning and positive interaction with family members.