Addiction is often called “the family disease” because when one-member struggles, the entire family suffers. Our family counsellor is available to loved ones of individuals struggling with addiction.

We help family members understand what addiction means, provide coping mechanisms to deal with its consequences, and help bridge the healing process. We introduce healthy skills to cope with emotions and offer a safe and guided environment where family members can be heard and supported. We encourage family members to be supportive and helpful – without allowing past behaviours to resurface.

Unfortunately, not all outcomes are positive, and our counsellor can be a support to family members who have lost their loved ones as a result of addiction.

Umbrella is fortunate to have Terry, our family counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling, providing supervision for our current practicum student, Echo Kulpas. Echo is completing her Masters and is working with clients of Umbrella for the 8 month period of her practicum. Once Echo has completed her required hours at the end of April 2019, we have Dean joining us to do his Masters practicum for the following 8 months.

Our family counselling is available by donation, with no family member ever turned away for lack of funds.

To book an appointment, please contact our office.