Family Therapy

At NuVista Mental Health, we understand that families are unique, complex systems with their own dynamics, challenges, and strengths. Our dedicated team of marriage and family therapists is committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate family therapy services that cater to the specific needs and goals of each family.

Family therapy can help with a number of life’s challenges that can include:

Marital and couple conflict, parent and child conflict, addictions issues, sibling rivalry, sexual dysfunction, grief, distress, eating disorders, children’s behavioural problems, and issues with eldercare, such as coping with a parent’s or grandparent’s dementia. Our therapists also work with mental-health issues such as a family member’s depression or anxiety, and the impact these issues have on the rest of the family.

Our goal is to help identify patterns, concerns, and needs of each individual in order to find ways to strengthen the family as a whole. By first working to deescalate the negative cycle of interaction in the family, the therapist will be able to support family members in discovering deeper feelings, and removing obstacles that prevent vulnerability. Together the family and therapist focus on how they can work to restructure this cycle to create more positive interactions and a deeper level of connectedness.

Our Treatment Options

Family dynamics can present various challenges in fostering trusting relationships. At our practice, we recognize the importance of involving all family members in the therapeutic process to achieve effective solutions.

Family therapy is a constructive approach to enhancing bonding, overcoming adversity, and fostering positive interactions. It addresses a wide range of challenges, including marital conflict, parent-child discord, addiction issues, sibling rivalry, grief, behavioral problems, and mental health concerns.

Our therapists specialize in identifying patterns, concerns, and individual needs to strengthen and support the family unit. By deescalating negative interaction cycles and promoting vulnerability, we facilitate deeper emotional connections and conflict resolution while facilitating positive interactions.

Structural Family Therapy

This approach focuses on understanding and restructuring the family structure, emphasizing the importance of boundaries and roles within the family system. Our therapists work with families to realign their relationships and foster a healthier, more supportive family environment.

Systemic Family Therapy

Recognizing the family as a complex system, this form of therapy examines the interactions and patterns that influence family dynamics. Our family therapists skillfully navigate these dynamics, promoting positive change and improved communication among family members.

Functional Family Therapy

Aimed at families with adolescents, this evidence-based approach addresses problematic behaviors by improving dysfunctional family interactions and enhancing the family’s problem-solving abilities, thereby strengthening family relations.

Strategic Family Therapy

This method focuses on solving specific problems within the family system. Our therapists employ targeted strategies to change patterns of interaction, helping families overcome immediate issues and conflicts.

Coping Skills and Family Interventions

Beyond these structured therapies, we offer tailored interventions and strategies to equip families with the coping skills needed to navigate life’s challenges, enhancing the family’s overall resilience and well-being.

Why Choose Us?

  • Expertise and Experience: Our marriage and family therapists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, specializing in the nuances of family dynamics and therapy. Their expertise ensures that your family receives the highest quality care tailored to your specific needs.
  • Comprehensive Approach: We understand that each family is unique. Our therapists employ a range of therapeutic modalities, selecting the most effective strategies to address the complexities of your family system.
  • Collaborative Family Process: At NuVista, we view the family as a collaborative partner in the therapy process. Our sessions are designed to engage each family member, fostering an environment of mutual respect and understanding.
  • Focus on Family Functions and Structure: We pay close attention to the functions and structure of the family, recognizing the pivotal role these elements play in the family’s overall health. Our interventions aim to strengthen the family foundation, promoting a functional and supportive family life cycle.
  • Enhanced Family Relations: Our goal is to enhance family relations, not just resolve conflicts. We strive to deepen connections among family members, facilitating a supportive and nurturing family environment.
  • A Safe Space for All Family Members: NuVista Mental Health provides a safe, non-judgmental space where every family member can express their thoughts and feelings openly. This foundation of trust is crucial for effective therapy and lasting change.

Begin Your Family’s Journey to Healing and Growth

If your family is navigating the complexities of family life, facing specific challenges, or simply seeking to strengthen your bonds, NuVista Mental Health is here to support you. Our marriage and family therapists are dedicated to helping your family thrive, offering the understanding, strategies, and care you need to foster a healthier, more harmonious family dynamic.

Contact us today to learn more about our family therapy services and to schedule a consultation. Let us embark on this transformative journey together, nurturing a stronger, more resilient family foundation for years to come.


What is family therapy, and who needs it?

Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that aims to improve communication, resolve conflicts, and enhance the overall functioning of the family unit. It’s beneficial for families experiencing a wide range of challenges, including relationship difficulties, behavioral problems in children or adolescents, life transitions, and mental health issues affecting one or more family members.

What can we expect from our first family therapy session at NuVista Mental Health?

The first session is primarily about understanding your family’s unique dynamics, challenges, and goals. Your therapist will engage each family member in conversation to get a comprehensive view of the issues at hand and how they impact the family. It’s a time for mutual introduction, establishing comfort, and setting the stage for future work together.

How long does family therapy typically last?

The duration of family therapy varies depending on the specific needs and goals of the family. Some families may see significant progress in a few months, while others might engage in therapy for a longer period. Your therapist will work with you to set realistic expectations and goals for therapy.

Will our family therapist take sides?

Absolutely not. Family therapists are trained to remain neutral and unbiased. The goal is to facilitate healthy communication and understanding among all family members, not to take sides or assign blame.

Can we continue individual therapy while participating in family therapy at NuVista Mental Health?

Yes, individual therapy can complement family therapy by allowing family members to explore personal issues that may be contributing to family dynamics. Your therapist can help determine the best approach for integrating these forms of therapy.

How do you ensure confidentiality in family therapy sessions?

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of all therapy, including family therapy. Your therapist will discuss confidentiality rules with your family, ensuring that what is shared in therapy remains private, with certain legally mandated exceptions related to safety.

What if a family member is unwilling to participate?

It’s not uncommon for some family members to be hesitant about therapy. We encourage open discussion about these hesitations and can provide guidance on how to engage reluctant family members. Sometimes, starting therapy with willing members can lead to changes that encourage others to join.

How is family therapy different from individual therapy?

While individual therapy focuses on the concerns and development of one person, family therapy addresses the interactions and relationships within the family unit. It recognizes that individual issues can impact the family and vice versa, seeking to improve the health of the family system as a whole.

Does NuVista Mental Health offer support or therapy for parents?

Yes, we offer support specifically tailored for parents, including parenting strategies, coping skills, and guidance on managing family stressors. This can be part of family therapy or a separate focus depending on the family’s needs.

Young married couple with son during family therapy with counselor

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Family Therapy Locations

Toronto, Ontario

56 Aberfoyle Crescent
Suite 730
Toronto, Ontario M8X 2W4
(416) 619-0238

Ottawa (West-Kanata), Ontario

600 Terry Fox Drive
Suite 202
Ottawa, Ontario K2L 4B6
(613) 435-3055

Ottawa (Downtown), Ontario

440 Laurier Ave W
Suite 200
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 7X6
(613) 435-3055
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