top of page

Affordable Family Therapy in Toronto

Are you concerned about a feeling, behaviour, or sudden life change disrupting your relationships? If so, we are here to help you. Betty Stockley Counselling offers family counselling services in Toronto and surrounding areas.

Families typically come together with each member harbouring optimistic intentions. Whether through marriage or cohabitation, partners enter a relationship with the expectation of creating a haven where comfort, love, happiness, acceptance, and understanding prevail. The shared aspiration is to build a home that embodies these ideals. However, the journey is not always smooth, as families often encounter substantial stress while juggling responsibilities and navigating the complexities of their relationship. The strain of conflicts and adversity can instill feelings of anxiety and misunderstanding, posing a threat to their familial bond.

Betty Stockley Counselling has provided reliable family counselling services in Toronto for over 35 years. We offer counselling for children aged 5 to 17 (adolescents).


Family dynamics refer to the family unit's patterns, roles, and interactions. Understanding these dynamics is crucial in addressing challenges and fostering healthy relationships. Here are key aspects to consider:

  • Communication styles: Families may have different communication patterns, such as open and direct communication or indirect and reserved communication. Recognizing and improving communication styles can enhance understanding and resolve conflicts.

  • Roles and responsibilities: Each family member often has specific roles and responsibilities within the family system. These roles can impact the dynamics and functioning of the family. Identifying and discussing these roles can promote balance and collaboration.

  • Family history and values: Family dynamics are influenced by cultural, generational, and personal values. Exploring family history and values helps us understand how they shape the family's behaviours, expectations, and beliefs.

  • Power dynamics: Power imbalances can emerge within families, affecting decision-making and the distribution of authority. Recognizing power dynamics allows for healthier negotiation and shared decision-making.

  • Family structure and transitions: Changes in family structure, such as the addition of a new family member or separation/divorce, can significantly impact dynamics.

Understanding how transitions affect family dynamics can aid in adapting and finding a new equilibrium.

By gaining insights into family dynamics, family therapy can effectively address challenges and foster positive change.


It is a form of psychotherapy which seeks to reduce distress and conflict by improving interaction between family members. Its framework is different from individual counselling. This counselling views problems as patterns which need adjusting. Here are some common reasons for seeking such help:

  • Domestic violence

  • Unexpected loss of a family member

  • A major change which has impacted the entire family 

  • Divorce

Positive Outcomes of Family Therapy

This can be helpful in many ways, some of which are:

  • It develops healthy boundaries

  • It promotes problem-solving through understanding of family dynamics

  • It reduces conflict

  • Builds empathy

  • Improves communication skills

  • It helps to identify strengths and weakness within family

This counselling is often used together with other types of mental health treatment. Some mental health programs include a family therapy component while a loved one is in treatment. It encourages each family member to pursue individual therapy.


Family therapy improves family relationships, resolves conflicts, and promotes overall well-being. Here are some key reasons family therapy is essential:

  • Enhancing communication: It provides a safe and supportive environment for family members to express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns. It facilitates healthier communication patterns, improving understanding and empathy among family members.

  • Resolving conflicts: Conflict is inevitable in any family. Family therapy helps identify underlying issues and provides strategies to address conflicts constructively. It promotes problem-solving skills and encourages compromise and collaboration.

  • Strengthening relationships: Family therapy focuses on strengthening family bonds and fostering healthier relationships. It helps family members develop trust, empathy, and respect for one another, leading to a more cohesive and supportive family unit.

  • Supporting individual well-being: Family therapy recognizes the interdependence of individual well-being and family dynamics. By addressing individual needs within the family context, therapy promotes personal growth, emotional healing, and overall family functioning.

  • Nurturing resilience: Family therapy equips families with tools and skills to navigate challenges and transitions successfully. It promotes resilience, enabling families to adapt to stressors and maintain healthy functioning.

Whether your family is experiencing specific challenges or simply aiming to enhance relationships, family therapy offers a valuable opportunity to foster growth, understanding, and harmony within the family unit. If you have decided to take the next step and empower your family relations, call us for family counselling in Toronto today!


Our commitment to fostering healthy family dynamics is reflected in our diverse and effective methods. We utilize evidence-based approaches, ensuring families receive personalized care tailored to their needs regarding family therapy in Toronto.

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): Cognitive behavioural therapy is a widely practiced and recognized approach in family therapy. We emphasize the interconnectedness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours within the family unit. By identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviours, we assist families in developing healthier communication styles and coping mechanisms.

  • Psychoeducational strategies: Our family therapy sessions often incorporate psychoeducational strategies to empower families with valuable knowledge and skills. Education plays a vital role in facilitating understanding and empathy among family members. We provide information on various aspects, such as communication styles, conflict resolution, and coping mechanisms. By enhancing awareness, families can make informed decisions and implement positive changes in their dynamics.

  • Structural–strategic therapy: Structural-strategic therapy is a dynamic method employed at Betty Stockley Counselling to identify and address specific problems within the family structure. We work collaboratively with families to understand the dynamics and develop practical solutions. This approach involves restructuring patterns of interaction and implementing strategic interventions to create positive changes.


Children and adolescents often have difficulty expressing themselves verbally, whether with peers or adults.

Play therapy is a therapeutic approach that uses the client's natural creativity and imagination to explore their feelings in a safe, non-threatening environment.


  • Art (drawing, painting & sculpture)

  • Creative writing

  • Dance /movement

  • Music -instrumental& vocal

  • puppetry

  • Sandplay

  • Storytelling

For more information, please reach out to us.


Our counsellor, Betty Stockley, offers helpful guidance in helping you move beyond personal and interpersonal challenges. In counselling families, she brings her more than 35 years of experience to work in several psychological areas, such as the loss of loved ones, conflicts, depression, and more, where family counselling can play a beneficial role in healing. Hundreds of families have been helped through her caring, logical, and positive approach. Betty and her team work with parents and children of all ages.

At Betty Stockley Counselling, Betty can meet with the parents together or individually. She listens to their individual stories, and she hears their respective perceptions. She will then meet with the child/children. If the child is very young, play therapy is often utilized. The child’s perception of the family’s situation is heard and honoured through psychological board games and therapeutic conversations. Therapy with all family members continues individually and together until the problem is resolved. Call Betty Stockley Counselling for more information about family counselling in Toronto! Please read our blog to learn about our services.

Our family counselling in Toronto is completely confidential. We do not disclose our client’s details to anybody. We understand that you have come to us in good faith, and we respect both families and individuals and strive to help you with your family relationship challenges.

Please check out our other services, such as Eating disorders and Grief counselling. You can also fill out the online form if you have any questions. We are available for emergency appointments.

Effective Counselling

Book an appointment for an initial assessment in person or online via Skype or Facetime.

bottom of page