What We Do
At the Couple and Family Therapy Centre (CFTC) we work with Individuals, Couples and Families. Our approach is distinct in that we offer a relational and “systemic” focus to all of our clinical work with clients, even clients who come as individuals. While we work with you, we are also considering and helping you to see the broader context of your life and the influence it may have. These include your relationships – family, friends, work, school and community. It also includes things like, social influences and expectations, culture, or things that can make us feel marginalized.
We collaborate with people to help them better understand and manage these influences and strengthen the relationships that are important to them. We build on the skills that people already have and build on those to develop new ones and to explore new possibilities.
We support clients by providing resources, making recommendations, co-ordinating with other health care professionals or community agencies as needed or making referrals when necessary.
We help clients to:
- Consider alternative ways of managing, coping and dealing with problems;
- Generate possible solutions and implement constructive change;
- Enhance current strengths, skills and personal resources;
- Build communities of support and concern.
The following is a sample of the types of concerns or problems we have experience working with:
- Family, couple ,workplace and school challenges, conflicts and communication.
- Life transition and change
- Intimacy and sexuality
- Anxiety, stress and depression
- Grief, loss, loneliness and feelings of isolation
- Disability, illness or enduring pain
- Parenting or blended family challenges
- Trauma, unexpected crises and intimate partner violence
- Diverse genders, sexualities and orientations.
- Transnational families and adapting to a new home
We also provide on-going complementary support to people with an established mental health diagnosis or addiction who are also receiving care from a qualified medical professional.
First Therapy Session:
Your first therapy session usually lasts about 1.5 hours. This allows time to review such things as our terms of service, fee agreement and confidentiality forms http://www.uoguelph.ca/family/forms, while also allowing you ample time to begin to discuss your concerns and how the Centre can best help.
Duration of Therapy:
Sessions are typically one hour long; however, longer sessions may be arranged in consultation with your therapist at an adjusted fee. The number of sessions you will receive is based upon the goals you and your therapists set for therapy. Sessions may be booked, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on need and availability. Progress toward meeting your goals is reviewed with your therapist at regular intervals.