Family counselling offices offer free help and guidance to couples and families experiencing difficulties, conflicts or crises. The family counselling office works with anger and violence issues, for example. Some offices offer individual services to persons subjected to violence and/or perpetrators of violence.
You can get in touch with your closest Family counselling office to make an appointment or receive information about how the Family counselling office can help you. During busy periods, families with children will be prioritised.
The services offered at family counselling offices vary and could include
- couples therapy, family therapy,
- anger management courses and anger management guidance for parents
- arbitration in the event of separation and relationship breakup, help with parental cooperation and visitation rights
- parental counselling and various relationship programmes
Staff at family counselling offices include psychologists, educationalists and social workers specialising in family therapy. The staff have a duty of confidentiality and are therefore not allowed to share any information about you with others without your consent, or if there is a risk to life and health. If the family counselling office is not able to offer the help you need, you may be referred to another agency. Family counselling offices can offer an interpreter when necessary.
Most Family counselling offices are government-run and are part of the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufetat). Other Family counselling offices are owned by ecclesiastical trusts and have operating agreements with Bufetat. Services are provided regardless of the users’ faith and religion.