No matter how close-knit a family unit might be, outside professional help can bring a different perspective to current issues and concerns. Family life can be complicated when there are previous  marriages, stepchildren, biological children or children from previous relationships all competing for a sense of belonging, coherence and identity. When a family decides to work together to solve their issues, it can open up new possibilities.

By having everyone involved, core issues can be identified much sooner, communication blocks resolved and new patterns of relating introduced.  Such an approach enables each family member solve problems more effectively and adjust to new situations in more constructive ways. At Cairnmillar, the priority is to ensure that the issues of each individual is heard, and that conflict can be resolved without anger, withdrawing, or running away. The objective is to gain the skills and confidence to cope more effectively with the differences that are a normal part of family life.

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