Couple and Family Counselling

Why do seemingly small things provide so much conflict in couples and families?  Often, what could otherwise manageable problems hold a great deal of significance for members of the family, but that significance is not being communicated or dealt with.

Therapeutic mediation is a unique form of couple and family therapy that helps people both solve practical problems and improve their relationships. It uses what is called “therapeutic zooming”:

  1. We zoom in to resolve concrete conflicts, coming to agreement and resolution of practical matters.
  2. We zoom out to understand underlying conflict patterns that are uncovered in the mediation process.

Therapeutic mediation moves back and forth between these steps, resolving practical problems on the ground, and then stepping back to examine more in depth issues.

As we go, we develop a set of resolutions for the couple or family that becomes a living document, revised and developed through each session, providing them with a practical set of solutions for moving forward. Couples and families ultimately learn how to develop their own solutions for the future.

Daniel Bader, Ph.D., RSW, CCC, brings to couple and family counselling experience and training not only in counselling but in conflict management.  He holds a certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation from Conrad Grebel College, and serves as a mediator with Community Justice Initiatives of Waterloo Region.  He is a Registered Social Worker and a Canadian Certified Counsellor, so his services are covered by most benefit plans.

To set up an appointment or to learn more about therapeutic mediation, please contact Daniel by phone, email, or using the following form:

Phone: 226-647-1592
Address: 10 Duke Street West, Suite 314, Kitchener, ON N2H 3W4