Family plays an important role in the emotional, physical and spiritual development of each individual within the family system. The relationship dynamics between its members impacts everyone in the family unit.
The clinical precept of family therapy is that individual problems must be understood within their larger family and environmental systems. This often provides the key to understanding the distress experienced.
Family Therapy or Family Counselling is a form of psychotherapy that seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving interactions between family members. This is achieved by mobilising their strengths, connections and relationships with each other.
who is family therapy for?
Family therapy is an evidence-based approach that has been shown to help ease distress and reduce symptoms including:
- Depression, anxiety (including social anxiety) and withdrawal
- Long-standing relationships issues and conflict
- Trauma including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders & multi-generational trauma
- Behavioural and Emotional difficulties observed in children and adolescents e.g. eating disorders, learning and developmental disorders, onset of mental illness
- Grief, losses, illnesses (including chronic illnesses)
- Cross-cultural adjustment difficulties
- Prolonged stress due to financial challenge
what happens during family therapy?
Family Therapy or Family Counselling are led by our family counsellor who has extensive training in this area. The first session will typically include the person who made contact, and possibly other family members who are central to the issue at hand. An important feature of family therapy is that a family member who cares about each other will have the space to talk about their experiences while the others listen to them in a way that might not happen in the day to day interaction. Often being heard and understood is sufficient to initiate the family move in the direction towards change.
Frequently, family members use the opportunity to talk about very intimate and intense emotional difficulties without conflict and escalation while being facilitated by the therapist. Family members can often begin to see multiple perspectives that exist and begin to think about how to include the different views that arise in a loving and relational way.
At the end of the first session, the therapist and client will discuss on who will come to the next session. Depending on the unique needs of the family, different combinations of family members may participate in each session. Meeting in different combinations often help family members free themselves to discuss different things in these sessions.
Registered Counsellor & Family Therapist
Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling)
Graduate Certificate in Family and Systemic Therapy
Registered member of Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
Deepika is a registered Family Counsellor and psychotherapist who has worked extensively with families, couples and parents. She has earned her Master Degree in Professional Counselling from Swinburne University with specialisations in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Having actively worked with families, Deepika went on to pursue her certification in Family & Systemic Therapy.
She helps individuals and families experiencing relationship difficulties, emotional challenges, prolonged stress, depression and anxiety to improve mental health and regain a sense of well-being. She also helps families cope with a range of emotional and behavioural difficulties observed in children and adolescents. She has been involved with community counselling services, social-emotional intervention programs in schools and family counselling in a residential treatment centre in Singapore.
Deepika has also lived in several countries including Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia before moving to Singapore. This background has given her a wealth of experience in connecting with individuals from diverse backgrounds and a deep understanding of cross-cultural adjustments.
Being bilingual, Deepika can communicate effectively in both English and Bahasa Indonesia.
Deepika is a registered member of the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and is an Associate member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).
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