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Starting Family therapy

What is family therapy?

Family therapy helps families resolve conflicts and strengthen their relationships. It is led by qualified mental health professionals like psychologists, licensed professional counselors (LPCs), and licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) who have extensive training in family dynamics and group communication.

How does family therapy work?

Thriveworks family therapists in Amherst, MA usually begin by asking what everyone’s goals are for family counseling. Family members may need help with very specific issues or with general relationship functioning. But there are three main purposes in family counseling: to educate, to counsel, and to strengthen. Thriveworks also offers online family therapy and in-person services, so you may all meet in an office together or join a video call from your home depending on everyone’s location and availability.

What is the most effective family therapy?

The most effective form of Family therapy will often depend on the family itself, as there are many types of family therapy for therapists to use as they see fit in order to best meet the needs of their clients. However, one of the most commonly used types of family therapy is structural family therapy (SFT). SFT focuses specifically on family dynamics and interactions, looking at how they shape the relationships and structure present in the family. It can be effectively used to treat a variety of concerns.

How do I know if my family needs therapy?

This answer often looks different to each family that starts family therapy. However, some signs that your family might need to consider family counseling include frequent fights or misunderstandings, constant tension, experiencing loss, behavioral issues, marital issues, divorce, and blended family issues, among others.

What is included in family therapy?

In family therapy, therapists will often start by asking questions and assessing individual and family dynamics. From there, they may employ therapeutic techniques such as structured family therapy, CBT, strategic family therapy, and more depending on the present concerns and conflicts. From there, a therapist will work to open lines of communication between family members and facilitate emotional healing and growth.

What is the success rate of family therapy?

Family therapy can be incredibly successful, with some studies reporting a success rate of almost 90% for improving participants’ emotional and mental health, and around 66% for improving their physical health.

Is family therapy conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks therapists in Amherst, MA offer both online family therapy and in-person family therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does family therapy last?

Family therapy is usually short term and solution-focused, with most families accomplishing their goals in 12 sessions or fewer. However, it can also last for longer if the probles at hand are more complex — and that’s okay, too.

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Family Therapy in Amherst, MA—Therapists and Counselors  

Family structures and dynamics have an impact on who we are, what we become and, overall, influence the direction that our lives take. For example, the family we are born into will determine the language we use, the customs we adopt, the rituals and culture we participate in. All these factors help to shape our very identify.

Because one cannot choose nor trade away family members, someone in the midst of family conflict can feel helpless and lose hope. This sense of powerlessness can affect one’s self-esteem, sense of efficacy and increase symptoms of depression and anxiety. Substance abuse may occur as a misguided attempt to cope with the pain. But this only compounds the problem. To work with a family therapist at Thriveworks Amherst call today at (413) 634-4805.

Help from a Professional Family Therapist  

Seeking the help of a professional therapist, trained in the nature of family dynamics and with years of experience providing therapy for those caught in the pain of family dysfunction, may be the first step in addressing family issues and bringing the reconciliation that can heal a family. A trained family therapist or counselor, such as those at Thriveworks Amherst, can help identify unhealthy behavior patterns in a family and help change the dynamics of the family’s structure that generate these patterns. A family member can also be supportive to the family as a whole as well as each family member. The family therapist’s intent is to identify and meet the needs of each family member while bringing a functional cohesiveness to the family unit. The result is healthier patterns of relating and more effective methods of communication within the family.

Family therapy can take many forms and go by many titles such as:

  • family counseling
  • family systems therapy
  • couples’ therapy or counseling and
  • marriage therapy.

What Issues Do Family Therapists Address?  

A trained family therapist will help the client identify and analyze the dynamics involved with intimate relationships including an assessment of both strengths and weaknesses in the family structure. A therapist may also offer to investigate and/or adopt alternative structures or systems that can bring resolution and healing to those relationships. The lens of family therapy sees the family unit as an important part of an individual’s cognitive and emotional well-being.  

Issues of individual family members that may affect the overall structure of the family unit include:

  • Childhood conduct disorders
  • Mood Disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Adolescent Rebellious Behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Infertility
  • Marital conflicts
  • Grieving
  • PTSD
  • Undiagnosed ADHD

Methods and Techniques Used in Family Therapy or Counseling  

There are various approaches that family therapists practice. Some of these approaches and techniques may include:

  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family Systems Approach
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic approach

The treatment that is used by a specific family therapist will depend on that therapist’s training and will determine the specific techniques implemented. But the end goal will be the same, healing of the structures, patterns and dynamics that create family dysfunction and emotional pain. This may include the use of behavior therapy to treat conduct disorders of children that can be extremely disruptive and problematic to the family unit.

Scheduling Family Therapy at Thriveworks Amherst

Family therapists at Thriveworks Amherst are leaders in their field. They are all licensed therapists and trained to address intricacies involved in the specific issues and problems afflicting your family and of relationships within them.

Whatever the source of the issues in your relationships, everyone involved deserves to be treated with the respect and dignity that a Thriveworks counselor will provide. They also have the skills to help you and your family develop new, healthy ways to deal with problems and learn healthy communication.

Thriveworks does not have a waitlist and new clients can often meet with their provider within the same week as scheduling. So, call today at 413-634-4805. Thriveworks family therapists can help you obtain healthy, loving, and respectful relationships.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 31 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Amherst is located in the same building as Yoga Center Amherst and Mexcalito Taco Bar. We are right by the intersection of Kellogg Ave and Boltwood Walk, and nearby is the intersection of Kellogg Ave and N Pleasant Street. Near this intersection is Build Yoga and Wellness, The Halal Cart, Richard’s Coin Exchange, and a US Post Office.

Phone number

(413) 340-5164

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