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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 Anchorage, AK 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 Anchorage, AK 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.

Need more help deciding?

Being in a family is like being a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Each person contributes something unique to the bigger picture of the family. Figuring out how those pieces fit together, however, isn’t always easy. Sometimes, one piece being upside down or out of place can affect the whole picture. Being a part of a family means even though you’re an individual, your behaviors and emotions have a ripple effect.

Naturally, the puzzle pieces won’t always fit together with ease. No family is picture perfect all of the time. But sometimes, the conflicts and challenges you deal with as a family might make you wonder how you’ll ever manage to put the puzzle back together again. Luckily, sometimes all you need is an outside perspective.

When family issues become too big to solve on your own, it’s okay to ask for help. Even the closest families can benefit from working with a counselor or therapist. If you think you’d benefit from family therapy services, call Thriveworks Counseling in Anchorage, AK, or use our convenient online scheduling tool to set up your first session.

Who Can Family Counseling Help?

Family therapy and counseling are available for all sorts of families, big and small, new and old. You might feel hesitant to bring your issues to a therapist or counselor because likely, your family has run into conflict before and worked through it in one way or another.

We want to dispel the myth that working with a professional indicates personal failure or weak family relationships. Everyone needs help sometimes, and going to therapy or counseling does not mean you’ve given up — it means you and your family are willing to put in the hard work to improve your relationships and work through your conflicts.

There are many reasons why a family might decide to start working with a counselor or therapist, including:

  • Long-term disagreements: Families that have long ignored or fought about their issues may not know how to start a healthy and productive dialogue.
  • Mental or physical health issues: Supporting family members dealing with disorders like anxiety, depression, addiction, or chronic physical illness is rarely easy and can warrant the help of an outside professional.
  • Behavioral problems: Children and teens acting out can damage familial relationships. The strain caused by their actions can make it difficult to understand the cause of their outbursts.
  • Major life changes: The loss of a job or a big move can drastically affect the mood and emotional state of a family. Family members do not always share how they’ve been impacted by these life changes, which can result in heightened tension or disconnection from the rest of the family.

Do you think family therapy or counseling could benefit your family? Consider working with a professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Anchorage, AK. They can give you the space you need to discuss your issues and move forward as a family.

What Are the Benefits of Family Therapy Sessions?

In family therapy or counseling, you and your family members have a judgment-free space to discuss your issues. This is often a short-term form of treatment, with most families attending around 12 sessions. However, care can be delivered on a longer-term timeline as needed.

There are a few different types of family therapy you might encounter, such as family systems therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, and supportive family therapy. Each of these therapies offers different approaches that your therapist or counselor might combine to provide the care that best addresses your needs.

By working through your challenges with these therapies, you and your family members can build skills such as:

  • Anger and stress management
  • Reflection and clarification when communicating
  • Boundary setting
  • Conflict resolution

Taking the time to learn how to communicate and interact with your family through this conflict will help you deal with future conflicts and strengthen your family bond. Our counselors and therapists in Anchorage, AK, want to offer guidance and support as your family starts this journey together.

Start Sessions With a Family Counselor Today at Thriveworks in Anchorage, AK

If your family dynamic isn’t where you want it to be, we want you to know that help is available. Consider working with a counselor or therapist from Thriveworks Counseling in Anchorage, AK, to help your family solve problems and grow together.

We offer comfortable online counseling options that let you see a provider over the phone or on a video call. This is an excellent option for families that are busy or have members living in different cities. In addition, we offer extended weekend and evening hours and a flexible cancellation policy in case something comes up. We also accept many major insurance plans.

We want to provide a safe environment for your family to solve problems and help each other grow. Contact our office today if you’d like to set up an appointment with a family therapist or counselor at Thriveworks in Anchorage, AK.

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 Anchorage therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Choice Health Plan

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Self-pay costs at Anchorage
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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I had a wonderful experience with my practitioner. She was a real professional and helped me tremendously. I will recommend to friends and family.
Read more I had a wonderful experience with my practitioner. She was a real professional and helped me tremendously. I will recommend to friends and family.
Heather Dec 2023
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Dr. Sjofn Weisner gives skilled and compassionate service.
Anchorage Jun 2022
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Noel is compassion and empathy for her clients situation, demonstrate her dedication to guiding them through their struggles so that they can find their way to a healthier situation. Provides a safe, welcoming environment that appreciates the differences and embraces culture that is important to grow and develop.
Read more Noel is compassion and empathy for her clients situation, demonstrate her dedication to guiding them through their struggles so that they can find their way to a healthier situation. Provides a safe, welcoming environment that appreciates the differences and embraces culture that is important to grow and develop.
Anchorage May 2022
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Highly recommend Jennifer Morton who works at Thrive Works! She is respectful and trustworthy.
Anchorage May 2022
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I am former senior law enforcement officer in western Alaska. I found Behavioral Health Services could absolutely benefit people everywhere. Especially, in remote areas of Alaska. Jenifer Morton has experience and training to assist clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, chemical dependency, PTSD or Trauma related issues just as a few. Alaska needs more professionals with Jennifer Morton’s experience.
Read more I am former senior law enforcement officer in western Alaska. I found Behavioral Health Services could absolutely benefit people everywhere. Especially, in remote areas of Alaska. Jenifer Morton has experience and training to assist clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, chemical dependency, PTSD or Trauma related issues just as a few. Alaska needs more professionals with Jennifer Morton’s experience.
Anchorage Apr 2022
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Dr.Sjofn Weisner is caring and professional. She is easy to talk to and listens whole heartedly.
Read more Dr.Sjofn Weisner is caring and professional. She is easy to talk to and listens whole heartedly.
Anchorage Apr 2022
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Dr Sjofn Weisner is a very kind and caring therapist. She helped me figure out my feelings of being stuck and helped me make decisions that have effectively directed my life in a more positive direction. I've lost weight, started running, I got out of a bad relationship and now am in a good and caring relationship. I'm understanding that i can make better choices in life. This has been thanks to her guidance and genuine understanding and support. She is fully committed to assisting me in achieving my goals with enthusiasm and optimism.
Read more Dr Sjofn Weisner is a very kind and caring therapist. She helped me figure out my feelings of being stuck and helped me make decisions that have effectively directed my life in a more positive direction. I've lost weight, started running, I got out of a bad relationship and now am in a good and caring relationship. I'm understanding that i can make better choices in life. This has been thanks to her guidance and genuine understanding and support. She is fully committed to assisting me in achieving my goals with enthusiasm and optimism.
Anchorage Apr 2022
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Dr. Sjofn Weisner worked to help me reframe my perspective and access a deeper part of myself that I didn't realize was there. I completed two sessions with Sjofn and was amazed by my results. Sjofn has a very warm, caring, and personable demeanor that radiates through her services. I will definitely continue to see Sjofn for my future sessions.
Read more Dr. Sjofn Weisner worked to help me reframe my perspective and access a deeper part of myself that I didn't realize was there. I completed two sessions with Sjofn and was amazed by my results. Sjofn has a very warm, caring, and personable demeanor that radiates through her services. I will definitely continue to see Sjofn for my future sessions.
Anchorage Apr 2022
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Anchorage is located at 670 W Fireweed Ln Suite 100, Anchorage, AK 99503 — right across from where G Ct. intersects with Fireweed. Currently, we share a building with Easterseals Alaska and IDEA Homeschool Anchorage. And next door to the left (if you’re looking at our office) is Storio Specialty Car Storage, PHALANX Academy, and Alaska Textiles.

Phone number

(907) 885-6457

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