Death and Dying Family Systems

Death and Dying

Death and dying are common issues faced by people who seek counselling. When a loved one passes away,  dormant feelings of rejection, separation and abandonment in a person's life history tend to resurface. Every client has a different reaction to death and dying, a topic that has been a taboo in many cultures.

Many people are ill-equipped to deal with death and dying, and the process of adjustment that naturally has to follow such an event. During the grieving process, a person tends to react emotionally, but their character usually doesn't change. They are bound to review their relationship with the deceased individual, and express the unfairness of the death. The grieving person might seek out other people to replace the deceased, while at the same time revising their current relationships and personal identity.

The mourning process consists of a number of stages, that most people experience. The stages usually occur consecutively, but it's natural to experience them in a different order, to experience more than one at a time, or to skip a stage altogether. Some people have reported regressing to a previous stage, and moving back and forth between stages.

Unresolved grief can lead to psychopathology. It takes a strong person to seek help and therapy can help you realize that mourning is a natural process that allows you to explore life after the loss of a loved one. It will help you to find new coping mechanisms and help you to move forward with a life that does not include him or her.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who works with clients who are grieving the loss of someone, you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Family Systems

Family Systems therapy is a type of counselling specific to helping interpersonal relationships within a family system. Family Systems counselling is facilitated by marriage and family therapists who work with the various family combinations, including siblings, couples, parent and child, or step families.

The principle of family systems counselling is to help each individual to first learn to understand his or her own emotions, and how to manage interpersonal relationships effectively, as that influences all future relationships. Once family members understand themselves and the emotional system within the family, it is easier to be flexible in relationships with family  members, marriages, community, school and other relationships.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Family Systems Therapies, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Susan Blake

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Susan Blake, Registered Psychologist, provides individual and group psychotherapy with adults, working within a contemporary psychodynamic approach.Together we explore the experiences and relationships that have... Read more
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One of my clients said that prior to coming to counselling she'd feared that the experience of therapy would be "like turning the room completely upside down." She instead found it to be "like finally... Read more
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Joanna Simundic holds both designations: Registered Clinical Social Worker and Registered Clinical Counsellor, which makes it easier for you since all types of insurance coverage will be accepted to ensure you get... Read more

Karen Ergas

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Karen Ergas is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working with individuals who have eating disorders. She worked at St. Paul's Hospital Eating Disorders Program from 1994-2011.... Read more

Rebecca Fairweather

M.Couns., RCC
I am a caring, respectful counsellor who has been working with children, youth and adults across Vancouver Island since 2001. I am currently offering individual counselling that is safe, person centered and strength-... Read more

Joyce Barwis

, RCC
  Joyce Barwis is a Masters Level Registered Clinical Counsellor providing the support you need to make significant, fundamental, and lasting change in your life. With over 35 years of practice behind her, Joyce... Read more

Jennifer Scott

M.A., RSW
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Are you living the life you want? Are you feeling sad, angry, anxious, or scared? Are you stuck, sleepless, or just tired of it all? Are you recovering from a trauma or loss, struggling in relationships, and ... Read more

Ruby Willems

M.A., RCC
Do you have a teen who is anxious? Depressed? Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems among all age groups across Canada. I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 25... Read more

Diana Mawson

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Mawson has been providing counselling and therapy services since 1989. She has worked in community mental health settings, psychiatric treatment facilities, and private counselling practices. She works with adults... Read more

Tracey Dahl

M.A., RCC
The Journey: Get out of the rut Do you feel unsettled, worried or stuck? Do you have a sense that you are in a rut, created from doing the same things over and over, and not getting different results? Maybe you feel... Read more

Robbie-Roberta Chesick

M.Couns., RCC
Robbie Chesick (MA, MC, RCC) is a registered clinical counsellor­­­­­­­­­, certified emdr practitioner,  level II sensorimotor psychotherapist, and certified meditation... Read more

Cristina Ciccone

M.A., RCC
Allow me to introduce myself, I am Cristina Ciccone and I have been providing individual, group and relationship counselling services in Vancouver since the mid 1980's.  In addition to... Read more

Mercedes Baines

M.A., RCC
Mercedes Baines is a Registered Clinical Counsellor & a Certified Adlerian Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology & a research focus in grief & loss. Inspiring fully embodied living... Read more

Gail Lyons

M.A., RCC
My approach to psychotherapy is informed by the belief that we are meant to grow and develop as individuals throughout our lives. This development requires a dialogue between our conscious self and the unconscious (that... Read more

Shelley Foster

M.A., RCC
Unique Family Coaching, Customized Individual Counselling and Online Consultation.Are you a family with teenagers looking for help?  Need something to change. Feel like you can no longer communicate or trust one... Read more

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC
I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a professional focus on addictions, trauma, anxiety/depression, and my life has been devoted to helping people recover from painful relationships and other difficult life... Read more

Michelle Coulombe

M.A., RCC
***Please note that I am not currently accepting new clients until September 2019.***    I have a BA in Psychology, as well as an MA in Counselling Psychology (family specialization) from UBC. I have been... Read more

Johanna Abraham

M.S.W., RSW
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and 25 years of professional experience helping individuals, couples and families from a range of backgrounds deal with a variety challenges. As well as providing counseling... Read more

Don Macdonald

M.A., RCC
Don is a Registered Clinical Counsellor(since 2004) with a focus on families (in all their many forms) and relationships. He strives to provide clients with a welcome, warm and supportive environment in which to address... Read more

Andrea Yeo

M.Ed., RCC
Andrea Yeo is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC, a Child Interviewer for BC Hear the Child Society, a Secondary School Teacher with North Vancouver School District, a Certified Parenting Facilitator and... Read more

Delyse Ledgard

M.A., RCC
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To be understood, seen, feel the comfort of another’s presence is the heart of therapy.  With over 30 years of experience I have encountered and worked with people from all walks of life... Read more

Bonnie Hall

M.Couns., RCC
Bonnie Hall has a Master’s of Counselling degree, and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in Richmond, BC. Bonnie offers counselling services for people who are feeling frustrated in... Read more

Barbara Madani

M.A.Sc., R.Psych
Barbara Madani, Registered Psychologist has provided counseling and psychotherapy for over 30 years and is located in Vancouver. She has practiced in settings as diverse as schools, hospitals and universities. Barbara... Read more

Sherri Calder

M.A., RCC
Sherri has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler University of Professional Psychology. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3580) and a member of B.C. Association of Clinical... Read more

Geoff Thompson

Ph.D., CCC
Geoff has demonstrated an exemplary ability to connect with clients while working with the Sunshine Coast Health Centre. An extensive background in both residential and outpatient addiction treatment has helped Geoff... Read more

Barbara Crosby

M.Ed., RCC
Barbara has over 35 years of experience in the Mental health field in both the public and private sectors. Her Clinical practice started in Social Work, then changed to Counselling Psychology... Read more

Matthew Beasley

M.Couns., RCC
Matthew is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in the Province of BC. He leads from a belief that every individual has an innate capacity to heal and grow. Matthew offers an opportunity when people feel stuck... Read more

Courtney Rombough

M.Couns., RCC
I believe that working towards wellness and self-understanding is a lifelong endeavour. My aim is to provide you with a safe and non-judgemental space for you to discover what wellness means for you. Together, we can... Read more

Khalil Nourani

Ph.D., RCC
Dr. Nourani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. He has more than two decades of experience in the field of mental health. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental... Read more

Ruth Lamb

M.A., RCC
Ruth Lamb is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor serving Langley and surrounding communities. She holds a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology with specific training in Eye Movement... Read more