Living Systems Counselling offers affordable counselling to individuals, couple and families. People from all walks of life seek assistance with their personal dilemmas. Anxiety, depression, physical illness, marital discord, behavioural problems, family relationship dilemmas, parents concerned about their children, and workplace difficulties are some of the problems people bring to counselling.
Clients begin to take up the challenge of thinking in new ways about the difficult situations they face and of finding thoughtful ways to direct their own lives. While many people initially prefer weekly appointments, they quickly learn that the real effort lies outside the clinical hour in their important relationships, and they have clinical sessions less frequently.
Individualized Coaching Sessions for Parent
The Parent Coaching Program is designed to develop one’s natural parenting strengths. It’s natural to want to fix and change a child/adolescent who is struggling to manage life. Hence it may be a surprise to hear that this program is designed to focus on the parent rather than to try to change the young person. A repeated idea in this program is that when parents shift their energies away from trying to fix or change their child and invest in what is in their control as parents, new hopeful pathways open up. Changing another is outside of anyone’s control, whereas changing self is always achievable.
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Anxiety & Depression
A systems approach to dealing with stress, anxiety and/or depression would invite the individual to take a broader view of his/her situation. A systems approach to counselling asks the client to understand how he or she functions in their own family and social groups and how things evolved over time.
Individuals are encouraged to notice how the situation varies over time and in different settings or circumstances as this can provide clues to allow the client to better direct their lives. If you suffer from Anxiety and Depression, our Counsellors can help. Contact a Living Systems location nearest you today.
A systems approach to relationship issues would invite individuals to look at things differently. People in a relationship respond to each other in very automatic ways, some consciously, some un-consciously. Often the issue is in the interaction, in the relationship patterns. These mostly automatic responses (or reactions) to each other can become dysfunctional.
The relationship patterns are influenced by outside stressors (money, work, tiredness, etc) and other important relationships (kids, parents, siblings, bosses, friends). Our goal is to help a person think about how they react to various situations and choose healthier ways to respond. If you have Relationship Issues, our Counsellors can help. Contact a Living Systems location nearest you today.
An addiction can be understood as a symptom that reflects the level of difficulty one is having in their important relationships and with other stressors in their life (e.g. health, work, finances).
A systems approach to counselling would address any physiological dependencies, but also how one functions in their relationship systems, as well as other life stressors to get at the root of the problem(s). If you suffer with Addiction(s), our Counsellors can help. Contact a Living Systems location nearest you today.
Low self-esteem, assertiveness, anger, communication or career issues
A systems approach to counselling to working on these types of issues would involve understanding how one acts and reacts in the system, or in relationship to others, whether it is with family, friends or in the workplace.
It is very common for individuals to want to avoid conflict, rejection, not rock the boat or stir things up. As a result, an individual can learn to give in and go along with the group or another person. This process of giving in, going along, or wanting to please can contribute to lower self-esteem, frustration and anger, and communication issues, at home or at work. It is not simply a matter of being more assertive.
Our approach to counselling would encourage the individual to identify dysfunctional patterns of relating to others and then coach them on responding more effectively so they can better direct their lives. If you are suffering from interpersonal and career issues, our Counsellors can help. Contact a Living Systems location nearest you today.
Counselling appointments are available online, by phone or on-site. Depending on the counsellor or intern you choose, we offer a range of appointment options including daytime, evening and weekend counselling. Please contact us with any questions or to book an appointment. Our clinical counselling interns see clients at the lower sliding fee scale ($15-$65). Currently, we have clinical counselling interns available in the North Vancouver, Vancouver, and New Westminster offices.
209-1500 Marine Drive, North Vancouver, V7P 1T7, (near Capilano Rd, Marine & McGowan)
401 – 625 Fifth Avenue, New Westminster, V3M 1X4 (5th Ave & 7th Street)
First Lutheran Church, 5745 Wales St, Vancouver, V5R 3N3 (Wales & 42nd Ave)
915 – 1125 Howe Street, Vancouver, V6G 2K8 (Howe & Helmcken)
Gastown Office, 310-304 W Cordova St., Vancouver, V6B 1E8 (W. Cordova & Cambie)
288-2211 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver, V6K 4S2 (4th & Vine)
212 – 1628 W. 1st Avenue, Vancouver, V6J 3Z2 (near Granville Island)