Family Therapy—Counseling in Alexandria, VA (Franconia)

Family Therapy—Counseling in Alexandria, VA (Franconia)

For better or worse, for rich or poor, every person’s life is interwoven with their family and each member of the family. People learn social behavior, emotional processing, and ethics in their families. Family patterns are passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes, people love their families and want to emulate everything they learn. Other times, people react to their families and want nothing to do with them. In either case and all the shades in between, families are the context to understand individuals.

Families can flourish when everyone contributes in a meaningful way and when everyone’s needs are met. But this balance is difficult to achieve and maintain. It is not hard for families to fall out of equilibrium. The list could never end, but these are a few examples of times family units may have a hard time:

  • Insufficient communication or no communication has led to hostility or frustration.
  • A special-needs family member needs particular care and attention.
  • Disagreements on parenting styles have left children confused and with behavior problems.
  • A financial crisis has left the family scrambling to fill unexpected roles.
  • Someone’s anger is taking its toll on other family members.
  • Family members have grown apathetic and cold toward one another.
  • A cycle of behavior is harming the family over and over again.

When these dynamics or countless others make life tough for families, they may need an outside perspective to get back on track. The goal of family therapy is to create a safe place where families can name the challenges they face, connect about ways to overcome those challenges, and adjust life so that individuals and the whole family benefits.

Family counseling through Thriveworks Alexandria offers families that safe space. Our therapists and psychologists know that every family needs help at times. We love seeing families grow closer through their challenges and rebuild a happy balance to their lives.

What Difference Could Family Therapy Make?

The techniques that family therapy utilizes are built upon the foundational idea that each person’s identity, patterns of behaviors, and belief structures are inherited from their family of origin. Knowing an individual means knowing their family context. Family therapy, therefore, can help an individual or families as a whole.

Family structural therapy and family systems therapy are the most well-known forms of family counseling. They emphasize that how a family sets expectations, gives comfort, copes with hardship, and defines its values significantly impact each person within the family.

To explore how these play out practically in a family’s daily life, family counseling may look at each family member’s personality type, love language, and/or birth order. The goal is to understand each individual better and how individuals relate to each other. Then, adjustments can be made to allow for more healthy connection and an improved family life.

Learning to relate in healthy ways can bring untold benefits to each individual member of the family, the family as a whole, and even the community where the family lives. Stronger families may experience the following benefits:

  • Less cases of neglect, abuse, or problems with the law.
  • Increased comfort and emotional connection within the family.
  • Lower risk of poverty (as parents share income potential).
  • Secure parent/child attachments that can benefit children into their adulthood relationships.
  • Increased coping skills to handle hardship and stress.
  • Less risk for depression and anxiety disorders.

Think for a moment about what your family is experiencing. Family counseling is not a magic formula or a quick fix for life’s toughest challenges. But when every family member wants to contribute, counseling may be the help your family has been waiting for.

Family Therapy at Thriveworks Alexandria, VA

Thriveworks Alexandria offers family counseling that can help families discover practical way to establish a more balanced home life. We know that growing closer as a family is challenging but possible. Our counselors also know that…

  1. The situation is the challenge—not the individuals or families who ask for help.
  2. Listening, connecting, and empathizing can go a long way in helping families.
  3. The family needs to give a voice to each member.
  4. Every challenge has a workable compromise.

Do you want to work through life’s difficulties as a family? Would you like to grow closer during hardship instead of farther apart? If so, Thriveworks is ready to help.

When you call to schedule family therapy, you may be able to see your counseling the following day. A person will answer your call and schedule your appointments. We offer convenient evening and weekend appointments. We also work with many insurance companies.

Finding a safe place to work through family challenges together is often worth the effort. Thriveworks Alexandria, VA is ready to help.

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Great Experience

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My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
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A truly dedicated professional

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I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
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Excellent Experience

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Mary Alice was excellent to work with. I highly recommend!
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Mary Alice Fields

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Excellent and convenient help when you need it.
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Great place

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Not only does Mary Alice perform her duties in an exemplary manner following all protocols, she does so with empathy and caring.
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MaryAlice Fields

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MaryAlice is a talented counselor who helped me tremendously.
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patient parent

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Lolita is a very thoughtful therapist. She also has a good understanding of children as she worked with my son at the ages of 15 & 16. She was an advocate for him, and she was eager to work with him in goal-setting, which my husband and I appreciate very much. We may continue to seek our her assistance in the future should our needs change. Thank you for all of your help.
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Can’t thank you enough

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I was skeptical at first to open up to a complete stranger and express my problems and thoughts but Gelila made me feel completely comfortable within the first couple of sessions. She is very kind, a good listener, and extremely helpful. I have been talking to her for a couple of months and I feel instantly relieved of stress after our sessions. I can’t thank her enough for helping me out through tough times.
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Rebecca Fry is amazing

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Rebecca has been my therapist for almost a decade and I can not recommend her enough. She is thoughtful and caring, while also great at challenging and giving direct recommendations on how to deal with issues. She even stayed with me after I moved out of the area and worked to figure out a remote option. She has worked with me through many issues and remained a valuable resource I can rely on.
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Rebecca is incredible!

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I can't speak highly enough of Rebecca Fry - she is compassionate, patient, attentive, and encouraging. She is celebratory of growth and honest in her feedback without ever being critical or judgmental. For someone who was fearful of entering therapy, she embraced me with warmth and understanding. She has helped me tremendously by equipping me with practical coping mechanisms that are manageable and realistic but challenge unhealthy habits when necessary. On top of her professionalism - Rebecca is so easy to relate to and never makes me feel like I have anything to be ashamed of. She cares deeply for her patients and wants to help them lead healthier lives. She is an absolute treasure and I can't recommend her highly enough!!
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Highly Recommend Kayla Barnoski

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I would highly recommend Kayla Barnoski as a therapist. She is caring and knowledgeable. She listens and works with you to find a solution that works for your individual situation. She has experience with many age groups and is a hard worker. You will not be disappointed.
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Only one session so far, but it’s going well.

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Only one session so far, but it’s going well.
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I love Lisa Cornelius!

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I love my sessions with Lisa Cornelius! She helps me to work through issues and is just a fantastic listener!
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Lisa is great!

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Lisa is great! Easy to relate to and very helpful. I appreciate her flexibility as well.
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Loving my therapist!

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Loving my therapist!
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Great Counselor – Lisa Cornelius

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I'm so glad I found Lisa. She's an awesome therapist, and I really enjoy my visits with her!
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So far so good!!!!

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    Alexandria, VA 22310

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