Family Therapy

Family therapy involves a whole family, or several family members, all meeting with a therapist. Family therapy can be helpful if a family is having problems getting along. It can also be used when one family member has a problem, and family relationships contribute to or maintain the problem.



Family Counselling may be useful to you if your family needs help with:
  • Parenting and step-parenting                                        
  • Blended families (your kids, my kids, and our kids)
  • Parent-child or parent-teen relationships
  • Boomerang kids or ‘trixonites’ (adult children still living at home) or millennials
  • ‘Sandwiched’ generation (taking care of parents and own children)
  • Peer and extended family relations
  • Communication difficulties
  • Family conflicts or power struggles
  • Disengaged or Enmeshed families
  • Coping with child related issues (conduct or oppositional defiant disorders, etc.)
  • Coping with teen related issues (teenage depression, self-harming, eating disorders, etc.)
  • Family member with mental disorder (Borderline, ADHD, Bi-Polar, Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, etc)
Family: Who Needs It?

All families are imperfect, but some families are healthier than others! Research indicates that family therapy is as effective as, and in some cases more effective than, standard and/or individual treatments for many mental health problems.

A family is more than a group of individuals who happen to share the same address and the same last name. ‘Family’ is not merely a collection of individuals, but a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Individual behaviour is understood within the context of the whole.

 When one member of a family is experiencing difficulties, everyone is affected. It is helpful for you as a family to meet together to work toward resolving the troubling issues in a mutually respectful and constructive manner.

Dr Mervin comes alongside families struggling with these problems - specialising in medication related family counselling issues.