My approach to couples’ and family therapy is related to response-based practice. This means that the dignity of each person is of the utmost importance. I work systemically, which means I consider the family as an eco-system, with various dynamics, inter-relationships, needs and loves. I observe the dynamics, make suggestions for improved interaction and community, help identify problem-solving approaches and ways of becoming more connected to one another.
Over the past two decades, I have taught couples’ and family therapy at a number of institutions, including the University of Montreal, the University of Victoria, City University of Seattle, and the University of British Columbia. My influences including the response-based team, Allan Wade, Linda Coates, Shelly Bonnah as well as Gregory Bateson, Murray Bowen, Monica McGoldrick, Robin Routledge, The Fifth Province, the Milan Team and narrative approaches. I also integrate the work of brief and solution focused-therapy, such as the work of Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer. This involves trying to hold up families during times of pain, accompanying them through times of hardship, identifying solutions to problems and promoting their highest aspirations for happy, harmonious and meaningful relationships.
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