Strategic Family Therapy

What is strategic family therapy?

Strategic family therapy is a type of therapy where the therapist is a problem-solver and focuses on finding solutions to challenges that families are facing.

How does strategic family therapy work?

Strategic family therapy is a short-term, structured style of therapy. There stages involved include:

Observation

The therapist observes how your family interacts and ensure the therapy setting is safe and comfortable for all members of the family.

Determining the problem

The therapist will ask you questions to determine the exact problem that your family is experiencing.

Family dynamics

Your family discusses the problem with the therapist who will have a better idea of the hierarchy, patterns of communication and behaviour, and the way you interact as a family.

Goal setting

Your family, together with the therapist will come up with goals for therapy, and strategies for achieving those goals.

Action

Your therapist will come up with and assign tasks to your and your family members to complete and to arrange for future sessions if needed.

When is strategic family therapy used?

This type of therapy is useful in helping families with the following concerns:

  • Blended family adjustment
  • Family issues
  • Family violence
  • Interracial families and relationships
  • Divorce or separation
  • Developmental disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Premarital counselling
  • Relationship dependence

This type of therapy may be used to treat other conditions and concerns in addition to those listed above. It may also be used in conjunction with other treatment methods. Your therapist will work with you to determine the best treatment method for your individual circumstances.

You should be aware that there is no treatment method that is successful for every person. What works for you, may not work for someone else.

What to expect from therapy

Put simply, you will get out of therapy what you put into it. It’s not a magic solution that will solve all your problems. It may involve you doing some real work and being completely honest with yourself and your therapist. Sometimes facing our truth is the hardest thing of all – but from that discomfort can come healing and growth.

Insight’s therapists are available for in-person, online, or telephone counselling at several locations in Alberta. Contact us to learn more.

 

 

Brooke Hendricks

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Assessments

Dr. Yvonne Hindes

Calgary

Assessments

Loriann Quinlan

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online Counselling

Adults, Seniors

Brandi Enns

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Navpreet Johal

Calgary, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community, Assessments

Sabrina Brady

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Terri Philips

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community

Nikesha Deenoo

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, Sexuality

Nicole Donovan

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

Kelly Jenny

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Karla Buchholz

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Natalie McMurray

Calgary, Online Counselling

Adults, Couples

Tracy Pham

Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Assessments

Dr. Ivan Murray

Corporate Services

Jaci Freeman

Edmonton South

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors

Aurora Atienza

Edmonton North, Edmonton South, Online Counselling

Adults, Seniors, Families, Couples

Dr. Hendriatta Wong

Corporate Services

Bob Stenhouse

Corporate Services

Shirley Leonard

Corporate Services

Roy Langer

Corporate Services

Shaheel Hooda

Corporate Services

Lisa Standeven

Corporate Services

At this time, Insight Psychological does not have therapists who specialize in this specific area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you! Please contact us to talk with our Intake Personnel to find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your unique circumstances.