Family Therapy

Family dynamics are constantly shifting and can be complex. Families may seek out therapy to learn how to communicate better and resolve general conflicts, or to address specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family. Family therapy can help improve troubled relationships between partners, children or other family members. It will also help families to recognize unhealthy patterns and teach skills to replace those with positive, healthy communication. A family therapist will help members of your family gain the skills to get through stressful times, communicate more openly, and grow closer. Family therapy is often short-term and it can include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Think your family might benefit from family therapy? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today. 

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I love working with family clients, due to the opportunity for richer relationships and healing from generational patterns. I help families break ineffective cycles of communication that move them farther apart rather than closer together.

— Maggie Dungan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Collins, CO

I provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to young children and their caregivers. PCIT is based on attachment and behavioral theory. It uses a coaching model to help parents learn new skills and strategies to help their child improve their functioning at home and in the community.

— Rachel Minelli, Clinical Psychologist in O Fallon, IL
 

Families. You can live with them, and you can’t live without them, am I right? Whether you are born into a family, or you choose your own, you may be a part of more than one family system. Regardless of the configuration, many family groups experience challenges and issues that often lead to conflict. Much like counseling for individuals, the work in family therapy is focused on improving relationship dynamics and breaking old habits.

— Samantha Serbin, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

Develop empathic understanding of all family members perspectives

— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ
 

I have completed training in Functional Family Therapy. It is a 3 stage model that seeks to identify the underlying emotions that are leading to the conflict in the family, then choosing specific skills to address these and make change, and finally to discuss how to maintain the changes made during therapy.

— Haylee Heckert, Licensed Professional Counselor in Sioux Falls, SD

Family therapy has been a critical part of my private practice experience for the last 11 years. Family therapy is often overlooked when treating adolescents and young adults. I help families understand that they function as a system, and support each person in understanding their role that contributes to the family dynamic. I utilize talk therapy as well as in-session structured activities to encourage connection, healthy confrontation, and healing within the family.

— Stephanie Marks, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Jose, CA
 

There are various fictions floating around about what it takes to be a perfect family. However, the emphasis on perfect is destructive, because it’s an impossible goal. The point is more to have a loving, well-functioning family where kids are cherished and supported to become thriving, fulfilled adults who themselves know how to have good (not perfect) relationships. This always requires constant adaptation and tinkering. I love working with motivated families!

— Maria Orr, Marriage & Family Therapist in Corvallis, OR

There are many active parties in family therapy: each of the family members and the therapist. While each family member is considered a client by the therapist, the true client is “the family.” The therapist focuses on improving the family dynamics that led to the family to seek professional therapy. Family consultations, conducted every six sessions, are a different modality because the adolescent is identified as the primary client working with the therapist on a regular basis.

— Doug Nelson, Counselor in Wilton Manors, FL
 

We provide therapy services to children, adolescents, and families . We also work with parents in supporting their children.

— Sala Psychology, Clinical Psychologist in Greenwich, CT

My focus is on supporting families through challenges such as trauma, divorce, parenting concerns, and loss. In family therapy, I employ a comprehensive and collaborative approach to address the unique needs of each family unit. My goal is to strengthen familial bonds, improve communication, and establish healthy patterns of interaction in a safe and supportive space where families can explore, understand, and overcome obstacles together.

— Sharon Pugh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Plano, TX
 

For families that need extra support, I provide family therapy using principles from Attachment Theory and Structural Family Therapy. With family therapy, you and your family develop skills to communicate with each other in a healthy, positive way and build your relationships.

— Jennifer Gomez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marlton, NJ

For families that need extra support, I provide family therapy using principles from Attachment Theory and Structural Family Therapy. With family therapy, you and your family develop skills to communicate with each other in a healthy, positive way and build your relationships.

— Jennifer Gomez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marlton, NJ
 

My focus and track in graduate school was couples and families and I have continued my work since constantly obtaining new education and reading about techniques.

— Jordan Suarez, Licensed Professional Counselor in Frisco, TX

My passion is to help families who are hanging on by a string. The love that parents have for their children is universal. Every parent wants to provide their children with more than what they had growing up. But the blueprint of parenting that we were raised by is entirely different from the blueprint needed to raise a teen in our ever-changing, technology-driven, modern day culture. Parenting is the most humbling journey with the most steep learning curve but you are not alone.

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA
 

I believe that the space between people is the most powerful place to create change. We are all embedded in relationships and come from families, no matter our current situations, and even individuals carry with us a history of those relationships. A family systems orientation lets me take into account far more than just what's in any one person's "head" when it comes to getting unstuck. I am a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and have held leadership positions in many family therapy organizations.

— Sheila Addison, Counselor in Oakland, CA