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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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

I provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and PC-CARE. Both are family treatment modalities for families with children ages 1-10 with disruptive behaviors that do not respond to traditional parenting. PCIT provides parents with specialized therapy skills so they can learn to manage their child's behaviors as a therapist would so they can enjoy a warm peaceful relationship with their child again.

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA
 

Having a holistic approach means that we are all working together to get to a place where parenting feels joyful (at least some of the time)! I may be an expert in childhood but you are the expert when it comes to your child. Having an open, working partnership helps everyone feel good about the work we're doing together.

— Mary-Rose Granlund, Social Worker in Eagan, MN

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
 

Working with Children and Families for most my professional career, I have learned that treating a child also requires the need of treating the family. As the child's behaviors are intertwined with the environment.

— Alena Garcia, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

Every family is unique, and I aim to maintain the integrity of each unit while understanding the inner workings of makes that family unique. Together, we will better understand the dynamics of the family and the influences that have played a role in family development. My primary goals is to help guide family members through challenging emotions and conflicts, finding a safe resolution for everyone.

— Cristina Shea, Psychotherapist in New York, NY
 

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a family therapy treatment for children ages 1-10 with disruptive behaviors that are not responding to traditional parenting. PCIT is backed by 100's of studies and 30 years of research, and by own experience with my own family. With PCIT, together we can work to transform your child's behaviors and bring peace and warmth back to your family interactions again!

— DC Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

Family therapy is a concept that can be loosely defined. We are all a part of a family. Therefore, family tends to affect our lives in some form or fashion. Family also doesn’t have to be blood-related; it can be the ones you choose along the way. Throughout the course of therapy, it might be helpful to bring in some family members as we see fit and/or beneficial for you. When doing this, it will always be with your consent first. This provides a better picture to me as your therapist.

— Mallory Striesfeld, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX
 

I was trained in Structural Family Therapy by the Minuchin Center For The Family over 6 years ago. I currently use this method, as well as additional training to work with families who are struggling to accept their LGBTQIA+ child.

— Mal Johnson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Lansing, MI

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
 

Every family faces unique challenges, especially given today’s fast paced environment. We believe that these times are opportunities for us to support families, providing tools to assist family members so that they can collaborate and learn to navigate more readily. Our team at JSRC works with clients to set specific goals, so that each family can move through the therapy process and exit with a stronger family environment.

— Samantha Lavy, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Stamford, CT

Develop empathic understanding of all family members perspectives

— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ