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Wellness themes

Family

Books

  • Hold me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love | Sue Johnson (2008)
    • Emotionally Focused Couple Therapist Dr Johnson shares her successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships. Dr Johnson teaches that the way to enhance or save a relationship is to be open, attuned, and responsive to each other and to reestablish emotional connection. Through stories from Dr Johnson’s practice, illuminating advice, and practical exercises, you will learn how to nurture, protect, and grow your relationship, ensuring a lifetime of love.
  • Systemic Therapy and Attachment Narratives: Applications in a Range of Clinical Settings | Arlene Vetere & Rudi Dallos (2009)
    • This book explores how attachment-based ideas can be used in clinical practice by offering a practical and sophisticated exposition of clinical approaches.


Podcasts

  • Small Things Often | The Gottman Institute
    • Evidenced-Based Approach to Relationships. Successful long-term relationships are created through small words, small gestures, and small acts. Research-based tips to help improve your relationships in five minutes or less.


Papers

  • The crucial roles of attachment in family therapy | John Byng-Hall (2008)
    • This paper’s aim is to enable family therapists from whatever approach to address family attachments during their work. It explores the role of attachment in the family, and how to enable therapists to increase security in the family so that family members can solve their own problems during and after therapy.

Therapists specialising in Family

Zvetlana Cassar

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Yasmin Muscat Monsigneur

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Yana Gatt Hampton

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Melissa Mifsud

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
Maria Mifsud

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Luana Aquilina

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Esther Zammit

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Deborah Farrugia

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Gestalt Psychotherapist & EMDR Trainee Practitioner
Charlene Borg

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist
Angelle Vella

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Systemic Family Psychotherapist

Resources about Family

When adolescents experience the sudden death of a sibling due to murder, suicide or an accident

Written by Maria Mifsud
I can’t understand why my brother/sister is gone. The pain is too much to bear. If a brother or sister of ours were to die unexpectedly, heaven forbid, it could leave a traumatic and life-altering mark on us, regardless of how old or experienced we are at the time. We may feel as if we have lost a significant part of our own identity and ourselves. Whatever part our sibling would hav…

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What makes you happy?

Written by Charlene Borg
Have you ever heard the term ‘horizontal thinking’? It’s relatively new to me too. I first came across this term in an article by Elizabeth Gilbert, an author I love. It refers to the spiral thinking that goes on in our heads when lying in bed, as we go over aspects of life which we never imagined we’d experience, or any other thoughts, fears and/or mental states we find ourselves in. I a…

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What family therapy is and why you should consider it

Written by Maria Mifsud
Family therapy is distinct from other forms of therapy because it focuses on the family system. The problems of individuals are observed within the context of the larger family unit. As a family therapist myself, my raison d’être is that personal difficulties cannot be successfully addressed or solved without understanding the dynamics of the family. When looking at an individual’s personal…

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Understanding the different forms of narcissism

Written by Danjela Falzon
When we hear the term ‘narcissist’, we usually think of the grandiose, self-important, arrogant and powerful world leader or celebrity. Recently, however, the term ‘narcissist’ is increasingly being used to refer to co-workers, bosses, partners or family members. This may be due to a rise in narcissism or simply increased awareness of this toxic personality style. Whichever it is, the real…

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The Relationship between Bereavement, Grief and Disability

Written by Charlene Borg
My IQ score does not mean I do not understand loss Discourse about protecting the vulnerable is salient when one cares for, lives with, or supports/educates people with disabilities. Such a discourse is understandable when environments and/or situations can be harmful to the person, but what about circumstances that are painful rather than dangerous? What is the risk when we do not allow a …

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The present is your presence – A Mindful Valentine

Written by Giulia Bertone
Whether you look forward to celebrating Valentine’s day or see it as a commercial endeavour, the 14th February can serve as the right opportunity to gift your loved ones with one of the most inestimable yet disregarded signs of care: your presence. We invest so much energy in attempting to surprise our loved ones with the perfect gift or the most romantic evening to prove our love on this “…

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The Parent-Child-Teacher triangle

Written by Maria Mifsud
As someone who grew up in the 90s, I was one of the very last generations that was able to spend time playing outdoors with other neighbourhood kids, as opposed to playing Super Mario on a video game console or Candy Crush on a smartphone. The only friends I knew were ones made of flesh, not Instagram profiles of people I had never met in real life. My only worry back then was that of kicking a…

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The many merits (and challenges) of adopting a dog

Written by Maria Mifsud
One day, a mighty black dog by the name of Rio, was standing hesitantly in front of a rectangular cage with steel bars. It must have been 1 metre in both length and width. Perplexed, the poor dog couldn’t understand what its purpose was, until someone standing behind him savagely shoved him in and closed it shut. The man who was pulling the cage with an iron chain whistled nonchalantly. Rio real…

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  • 5 sessions – €270 – must be utilised within 3 months from date of purchase
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2. Bundles are not transferable. This means they cannot be used by, or gifted to, anyone else but the person whose name is listed as the TherapyPacks bundle holder.

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