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FSC Services include:

  • Psychotherapy - with individuals, couples, and families.

  • Internet Abuse Counseling - dealing with pathological usage, Cyber-Sex /Pornography

  • Mediation - for separating and divorcing couples, families and small businesses.

  • Workshops: When Anger Pushes Love Away - The Secrets of Deepening Intimacy. (big success! to be repeated soon)

  • Caring and Sharing: Discarding tension and hostility and replacing that with caring and sharing.


Relationship or Family Counseling

All families have conflict. It's the nature of people living in close proximity. But when normal conflicts turn into daily shouting matches, family members begin hurting each other emotionally (and sometimes physically) and a feeling of anger permeates the household, it's time to do something about it. Blended families in which one or both parents bring to the marriage children from previous relationships present their own unique dynamics. Let's face it. It isn't always the Brady Bunch. But there is help.
Sometimes the conflict is caused by the inappropriate or unacceptable behavior of one or more members of the family. But it affects everyone. While we work with those individuals to try to help them with the cause of their actions, we also work with the entire family so they can provide support for that person and for each other, and to learn how to reduce the conflict.

Families can be thought of as a system of interacting parts. We learn how to think, feel and behave from the families in which we grew up. When these beliefs are not challenged and/or changed, we pass on that legacy to our children and their families.

Relationship or family counseling may be particularly useful for:

  • Problems developing in one or more family members which affect all (i.e.: children's problems, anger, depression in one partner etc.)
  • Family or relationship change such as divorce, or children leaving home
  • Cultural and ethnic conflict within relationships
  • Sexual or cultural differences between the family and the larger community
  • Finding the satisfaction you seek in relationships

Individual Counseling

Everyone experiences problems in the course of growth and development. Some problems pass with time; some can be resolved with personal creative problem solving; some can be resolved by consulting with family, friends, or other resources. Sometimes problems persist in spite of all attempts to resolve them; sometimes they are just too numerous, too acute, and too big to manage without additional support. At these times counseling services can provide assistance in rebuilding problem solving resources and options.

Individual counseling might be particularly useful for:

  • life changes, such as relationship loss
  • aloneness and loneliness
  • ethnic and cultural background differences
  • sexual identity differences
  • anger issues, ongoing stressors such as depression; substance abuse; eating or other disorders

Mediation Services

Marriages, business partnerships and corporations do break up. Skilled psychologists/mediators have saved parties millions of dollars in damages, legal costs and court costs by diverting the process away from the traditional court barrister's adversarial methods and building instead a goal-oriented spirit and discussion framework for cooperative issue structuring, management and resolution. With adept mediation, key issues can be resolved and finality reached early in the process at a nominal cost. Please do call us for a free consultation to discuss the viability of this adjunct to your legal processes.

Fees

  • Fees with taxes included will be set at your first appointment.
  • Therapy Fees range from $85 per hour to as low as $55 per hour with ability-to-pay relief applied to Seniors, Students and special cases.
  • Family Law matter mediation fees are $95 per hour.
  • Business / Proprietorship mediation fees are set based on a Schedule for Completion.

Internet Appointment Booking Form

All services in Barrie, Simcoe County and area are by appointment between 9:30am and 9:00pm. Emergency services are available. ((905) 841-9279


Director: Micheal J. O'Brien B.A. Psychology, Child & Youth Counsellor, SJA First Aid Rescuer, Level "C" CPR, Prevention & Management of Aggressive Behaviour training, Anger Management Facilitator

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Behaviour Therapy: psychotherapy that emphasizes the application of the principles of learning to substitute desirable responses and behavior patterns for undesirable ones -- also referred to as behavior modification therapy.

Counseling: professional guidance of the individual utilizing psychological methods especially in collecting case history data, using various techniques of the personal interview, and testing interests and aptitudes.

Group Therapy: therapy in the presence of a therapist in which several patients discuss and share their personal problems.

Primal Therapy: psychotherapy in which the patient recalls and reenacts a particularly disturbing past experience usually occurring early in life and expresses normally repressed anger or frustration especially through spontaneous and unrestrained screams, hysteria, or physical expression.

Play Therapy: psychotherapy in which a child is encouraged to reveal feelings and conflicts in play rather than by verbalization

Psychotherapy: treatment of mental or emotional disorder or of related bodily ills by psychological means.

Therapy: therapeutic treatment especially of bodily, mental, or behavioral disorder.