bruce McNatty, Family & couple therapist. Helping families and couples write their next chapter
Bruce McNatty, M.Ed (Hons.), B.Ed (Humanistic Psychology), Dip.FT., Dip.App.Sci., RPN, NZAC, Clinical Member of the, Australian Association of Family Therapy. Based in Christchurch, New Zealand. ____________________________________________________ Hi, and thanks for dropping by! In case you want to get a sense of whether I'm the right therapist to work with you, but you don't have the time right now to trawl through the whole website, here's a quick summary of what I do, and what I can help you with.
With families, it’s common for them to approach me with concerns such as these: ·parenting of adolescents ·blended/step family issues ·parenting with an uncooperative ex-partner · needing to feel more in control as a parent of adolescents ·communication styles and conflict management within families ·intrusion of technology ·dealing with significant family loss and/or transition ·mental illness of a family member . family of origin influences and issues ·long-term physical/medical illness of a family member ·Issues and differences between adult siblings
Couples are likely to approach me with any of the above issues, but also the following, which are often more specific to couples: · a decline in closeness and intimacy within the relationship, especially at the mid-relationship phase · infidelity and its impact on the couple relationship · increases in conflict · personal boundaries vs couple boundaries · resource management – eg., time, money · prioritising the couple relationship alongside parenting of children · talking versus communicating
I’ve worked alongside dozens of couples and families over the last couple of decades to reach productive outcomes. I have a good track record of working with clients in a relaxed, friendly, and productive way, which helps couples and families start to make positive changes after just a few meetings with me. I'm fully trained in systemic and family psychotherapies, and use evidence-based approaches. I'm also committed to on-going professional development.