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Therapy for the whole family

Child & Family Therapy

In-person or virtual sessions for children, teens, & adults.

Therapy for the whole family

Child & Family Therapy

In-person or virtual sessions for children, teens, & adults.

Stop fights between family members

Feel heard, understood, & loved

Build a stronger connection

Families are complex

When one person is facing challenges, it can have a significant impact on every member of the family.

Family therapy can help with issues related to relationships, behaviour, conflict, and communication – bringing peace & connection back to your home.

We provide in-person family therapy in Burnaby, with virtual sessions available in Vancouver, Burnaby & Surrey.

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Why should I consider child and family therapy?

As a parent, you want your children to be happy, and your home to be a peaceful space. When unexpected challenges or conflicts arise, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to navigate them.

Children, teens and parents face a variety of challenges in their day-to-day lives, including:

Difficulty Getting Along

Members of the family may find it hard to get along or solve problems with others. You want to fix your relationships but aren’t sure how.

Feeling Disconnected

When it feels like something is missing – with your partner, or your kids – that prevents you from enjoying the relationship you want.

Consistent Worry or Anxiety

When you or another member of the family are dealing with persistent feelings of fear, nervousness, or unease that can impact daily life and well-being.

Trouble Focusing or Listening

The challenges that arise when your child has difficulty concentrating or paying attention, can result in tension and frustration in the home, or at school.

School Challenges

Refusing to go to school, disruptive behaviour, missing a lot of school, and dropping grades can indicate a deeper issue.

Emotional Regulation

When children, teens, or adults have difficulty managing and expressing emotions in a healthy and balanced manner, it can impact the whole family.

Feeling Isolated or Withdrawn

Wanting to be alone a lot, or not spending time with others can indicate a deeper issue that can be addressed in therapy.

Feeling Misunderstood

A lack of communication in the home can lead to misunderstandings between partners, or between parents and teens.

We can help your family work through conflict and grow stronger together.
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How Can Therapy Help Our Family?

Play and art therapy use creative activities to help children express themselves when words may be difficult to find. It helps them understand and deal with their feelings better, boosting their confidence, and encourage problem-solving skills.
Somatic therapy focuses on how emotions affect the body. It teaches children and families ways to relax and let go of stress using techniques like deep breathing and gentle movements.
Emotion-focused therapy helps children, teens, and adults understand and talk about their feelings in a way that makes sense to them. By learning to express emotions in a healthy way, they can improve how they communicate and solve problems together.
In family therapy, we offer guidance to help families work through problems together. By improving your communication and learning skills you can strengthen relationships, resolve conflict, and decrease miscommunication and tension.
In parenting sessions, we offer the skills and guidance to help you support your child’s growth. In these sessions, you’ll learn practical strategies for handling behavior, building strong bonds, and improving family communication. As you become more confident in your parenting, you can create a loving and supportive environment for your children, boosting their emotional and social development.
Here, you’ll find a safe environment for you to explore challenges, express emotions, and find solutions that work for your family.

Our approach

How family therapy works

We may do individual sessions

In working with individual members of your family, we can help get to the root of the challenges they are facing by providing personalized support and understanding that resonates with each person’s unique experiences and needs.

We may do parent sessions

Meeting with you as parents helps us understand your family better so that we can equip you with skills and strategies that you can use to address challenges & foster harmony in your day-to-day life.

We may do family sessions

As needed, we’ll bring your family together to enhance communication, strengthen bonds, and develop valuable problem-solving skills. This collaborative approach fosters a supportive, nurturing environment at home.

Dee Gill, Founder & Clinical Director of Searchlight Counselling in Burnaby

Dee Gill

Founder & Clinical Director

Child & Family Therapy

Why Searchlight Counselling?

Over time, pressure from society, peers and parents can start to cloud the feelings and needs of your children and teens. The demands of parenthood can have an effect on the harmony of your home life, as well as your confidence.

Our primary mission in working with children and families is to offer caring, culturally inclusive, non-judgmental and gender affirming therapy to help each member feel seen and heard in a way that allows them to develop into the person they are working to uncover.

As a parent, our goal is that you will see positive changes in your family members’ moods and behaviours as your communication and understanding of each other improves.

Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.

Therapists who specialize in Young Adult Therapy

Therapist who specialize in child & family counselling

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What you can expect from this approach

Child & family counselling in Vancouver can help children, teens, and adults manage the complexities of family life.

Over time, you may see improvements in each member of your family such as:
  • Improved self-esteem and confidence
  • A happier and more content child or youth
  • Better relationships with themselves and others
  • Improved listening and communication
  • More peace and calm in the home
  • More tools for parents to manage behaviours
  • More tools to support your child’s well-being
  • Good parent-child connection

Better coping skills for dealing with stress and anxiety

Enhanced communication and relationship skills

Greater emotional regulation and stability

Enhanced creativity and productivity

Increased ability to make decisions and solve problems

Improved self-awareness and self-esteem

Therapy can help your family cultivate stronger relationships and create a more supportive environment for growth and healing.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Child & Family Counselling

Frequently Asked Questions About Child & Family Counselling

We start with a parent and child session to get a thorough understanding of what is happening at home, what your child is struggling with, and what your current parent-child relationship looks like.

We then have an individual session with your child to assess their current struggles and get their perspective on the problem.

Once we have a better understanding of your needs, we will decide whether more separate sessions are needed or whether both parent and child are ready to work together in family sessions.

It is a form of therapy that allows children and teens to express their thoughts, feelings and perspectives through art-making when they struggle to express themselves in words.

Art therapy will be used when working with your child or teen alone. When doing family therapy, we will use talk therapy, depending on the child’s age and ability to express themselves verbally.

Children express their emotions through behaviours. Some children will “act out” showing anger, aggression, defying authority, being rebellious, and not following your rules. Other children will “act in” by shutting down, withdrawing and isolating from others. In both cases, parents often feel overwhelmed, confused, frustrated, and hurt.

When you recognize your children either acting in or out, and your best attempts at “fixing” the situation have not brought about change, it is time to seek help.

Do not wait too long before seeking help. Change is possible and is easier when addressed sooner than later.

Family therapy helps family members build a safe, respectful, and loving connection after having felt emotionally distant and disconnected from one another for a while.

Ideally, when possible, both parents should be involved in family therapy, as they can learn to support each other when things are difficult at home. Along with challenges in parent-child relationships, parents may have differences about parenting, and feel disconnected from each other, which makes everything even more difficult.

For family members who do not want to participate in family therapy, the therapist may want to invite them in for an individual session to get their perspective on the problem and to understand their reasons for not wanting family therapy.

The therapist makes sure that every family member feels understood, seen, heard and validated, and respects their choice regarding therapy.

One of the fastest ways for children to start feeling and behaving better is to feel understood, and supported by emotionally responsive parents. We want children and teens to reach out to their parents for emotional support when needed. A good parent-child relationship is the best antidote for mental health issues in children and teens. That is why parental involvement in therapy is essential when aiming for long-term sustainable change. Parental involvement may look like a parent session and joint family session, depending on each family’s specific needs.

That being said, the therapist can work with the child or teen alone, but it may take some more time for change to be seen.

How You Get Started

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Book an appointment online with one of our therapists at a time that works for you.
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Do You Have Questions?

Book a free 15-min consultation with any of our therapists to meet and have your questions answered.

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Empowering your family to grow stronger together