Family Counselling


Communication

You may feel that there is a gap in your connection with family members and that you are having difficulty seeing eye-to-eye, overwhelmed, and in constant conflict. This may be affecting the overall harmony and satisfaction to live comfortably in your home. The general feeling of tension can just get too much and you might want to explore what counselling can do for you and your family. Family counselling can help with identifying the triggers and boundaries of each person and developing strategies to respectfully discuss and resolve grievances in a constructive way.


Mental Health

One or more people in the home may be struggling with a mental health concern, which can create turmoil and added stress in the environment. Counselling can help understand the nature and impact of the mental health challenges for all of the family members. Counselling can also assist with developing ways to better relate with each other that are for greater harmony and happiness in the home.


Grief/Loss

Loss of a family member can be one of the most devastating events experienced in a family. Counselling can help with learning how the family can move forward in life while honouring and respecting the memory of a member. Sometimes a loss in a family might be a physical, mental, social, or occupational loss that someone has suffered. Learning how to move forward and building on the existing strengths is often the strategy that counselling assists members with to reclaim some normality and sense of satisfaction back in life.


Transitions

Whether it is a move, change in job, or other transition in life, such big changes can shake the foundations of the family's sense of cohesion and the happiness of each member. Counselling can assist the family with exploring the needs of each member in the transition, bolster and build on the existing strengths of the family as a whole, and assist with developing strategies for solving problems that arise in the transition process.


Separation/Divorce

Separation and divorce in a family changes the very foundations and can leave each member trying to figure out how to cope with the new dynamic. Counselling can help overcome some of the obstacles that go along with separation and divorce to harmoniously integrate each member into the new family dynamic. Identifying the needs of each person in the new dynamic and improving discussion is paramount because the new setup often requires negotiating new roles and ways of relating with each member.


Additional Practice Areas

If you have concerns about issues that were not mentioned in the menu, Lifespring offers family counselling services for many other areas. Feel free to inquire about our areas of practice at 604.200.9681 or

  • When I decided to find a counsellor, I tried to find someone that I could relate to, someone that is like-minded and down-to-earth and with Alistair I really found the right person. He uses an integrative approach, showed me techniques to relax and get aware of my emotions, and helped me see things in a new perspective. Of course this is an ongoing process but I enjoy meeting and working with Alistair every time. The downtown office is a very neutral place – not too intimate, not too clinical – which is helpful to overcome apprehension, especially the first couple of times. What I find remarkable is that Alistair almost always knows what I’m trying to say, even if I can’t put it into words. Working with Alistair helped me a lot and it was the right decision to put my trust in him.

    - Michael S.

  • Alistair really cares about you the person, and I could really feel him trying to tackle my challenges. He was also very available for off-session contact via text and email. I think he did a great job with confronting me where I needed it. Alistair always could remember the important peoples' names in my personal life, which really helped with talking about my problems. I really felt like I was talking to a friend.
    Definitely feels great that they're options out there get help and I achieved a lot with Alister in as little as 5 sessions.

    — Max A

  • I have been working with Alistair Gordon as my counsellor at Lifespring for almost 6 months now and cannot begin to tell you how far I have come with his help. I have tried working with other counsellors and therapists in the past but never really found one that clicked for me. I always felt judged, unsupported, and rushed at those appointments until I booked my first appointment with Lifespring and with Allistair. Read More

    — Elyse Renouf

  • I am a young professional which for a long time now, has struggled with anxiety, insecurity, and difficulty in finding effective life coping mechanisms. Alistair was referred to me by a friend and upon the first meeting, I found Alistair to be empathetic, compassionate and intuitive. I have now been seeing Alistair regularly for 6 months and through that time my anxiety has significantly decreased, Read More

    — Kahir Lalji

  • I am very glad that I had the chance to work with Alistair. It was easy to connect right from the start. He uses an integrative approach, showed me techniques to relax and helped me see things in a new perspective. One of Alistair’s most remarkable qualities is that he almost always knows what I’m trying to say, even if I can’t put it into words. Contacting Alistair and working with him was definitely the right decision.

    — Michael Silberhorn

  • I had no experience with therapy and was unsure of the whole process. Alistair made everything very accessible and unintimidating. It was clear that he puts quite a lot of effort and preparation into every session. I'm so glad that I decided to do this, and could not have asked for a better person to help me with this. I would highly reccomend Alistair to anyone who has ever thought that they might benefit from talking to a professional.

    — Edward Hicks

  • I enjoy how sessions are collaborative where I can take the lead for the direction of what we talk about, and at the same time I know that Alistair will offer helpful guidance and insight along the way. I also like how we focus on the future instead of just the past. I find this to be empowering and helpful to move forward in life.

    — RM

  • Alistair is an awesome counsellor. He has been so helpful in working with me through some tough times in my life. He's always been available to chat with me in-between sessions. I'd recommend Alistair to anyone - he's really the ideal counsellor in my view.

    — JG



  • I have always felt very comfortable with Alistair. He has a calming presence, and you can tell he cares about being the best counsellor for you. He helps you with all aspects of your concern, and is always able to help me find a solution to the problem I'm having.

    — SD



  • Alistair is an exceptionally talented counsellor and has always demonstrated strong ethics, great compassion, wisdom and respect for others. I highly recommend him as a counselling practitioner.

    — Dr. Marla Buchanan

    Director of the UBC Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma,
    University of British Columbia


  • Mr. Gordon is someone that captures the spirit and the heart of active engagement. He is empathic, genuine and incorporates action and creative problem solving into his practice. I have no hesitation in recommending Mr. Gordon as an effective career and personal counsellor.

    — Dr. Norman Amundson

    Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, Author of "Active Engagement: The Being and Doing of Career Counselling"