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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 Appleton, WI 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 Appleton, WI 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?

Your family might know you better than anyone else in your life. You’ve known each other the longest and seen each other through good times and challenging times alike.

But sometimes, this familiarity is the exact reason family members can butt heads. Disagreements and arguments are a normal part of any family dynamic — all families have their problems. Yet sometimes, it might feel like you and your family have complicated, unresolvable issues, especially if they’ve sat unaddressed for a long time.

Maybe the occasional fight has become a weekly or nightly argument. Perhaps every family vacation becomes a week of tension instead of a week full of relaxation. Maybe the struggles of one family member have started to build stress and resentment in the rest of the family.

We know families can face many different problems as they grow and change over time. That’s why at Thriveworks Counseling in Appleton, WI, we believe you shouldn’t have to face these struggles alone. Consulting with a licensed therapist or counselor can make all the difference in acknowledging and working through the difficulties you’re facing. Consider calling our office today to set up your first appointment.

Would Therapy Be Right for My Family?

Many people, especially if they’ve never been to therapy or counseling before, might assume that their issues are not worth bringing to a professional. The reality is that family counselors and therapists help people manage a wide range of problems and issues. Taking the time to work through your struggles together can show your family that your relationships are important.

Family therapists and counselors frequently help families through all sorts of problems and situations, such as:

  • Conflicts between family members
  • Financial strain
  • Divorce or separation
  • Mental illness or substance abuse
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Major life changes
  • Moving to a new city or state
  • Breakdowns in communication
  • Coping with grief or loss of a loved one

Working with a family therapist or counselor can help you manage your family’s specific issues with individualized care and attention. One of our licensed mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Appleton, WI, can provide support and answer any questions or concerns you have along the way.

How Therapy Can Help Family Relationships

Meeting with a mental health provider involves bringing issues out into the open and having an honest conversation about your feelings. While this may seem intimidating, your counselor or therapist will act as a mediator to ensure that your issues are discussed in a respectful and fair manner.

For instance, if one of your family members is dealing with a substance abuse issue and acting recklessly, you and your family might be hesitant to express concern out of a fear that you’ll drive that family member away. Attending family therapy can help you process those emotions and devise a strategy to speak with the family member in a respectful, productive way.

It’s important to note that these kinds of conversations can be difficult. However, your therapist or counselor can help your family accept this possibility and work through difficult conversations in the most productive way possible.

Therapists can also help you develop skills that you can take with you beyond your sessions and the specific issue you may be facing. You’ll be able to practice skills such as:

  • Anger and stress management
  • Active listening
  • Conflict resolution
  • Respect
  • Asking helpful questions
  • Trust building

Family therapy or counseling is often a short-term process, with many families attending around 12 sessions. However, it can also be a long-term process when needed.

Family therapy or counseling is designed to teach you long-term skills to manage and cope with your family’s problems in the way that best works toward reaching a beneficial solution. Our licensed counselors and therapists in Appleton, WI, are experts at teaching productive problem-solving strategies that can help build connections between family members.

Meet With a Thriveworks Counselor in Appleton, WI

Family conflicts are a natural part of life as a family grows and changes. Taking the time to address these issues can show everyone in the family how much they mean to each other. If you want to start family therapy or counseling today, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Appleton, WI.

Many families have busy schedules and struggle to find the time for sessions. That’s why we offer evening and weekend options, convenient online appointments, and a flexible cancellation policy. We also accept many major healthcare plans, so working with a mental health provider might be more affordable than you think.

Working with a family therapist or counselor can help bring your family closer together. Call us today at Thriveworks Counseling in Appleton, WI, to set up your first appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Appleton is located off E Longview Dr in a block of businesses between N Meade St and N Drew St. We currently share a building with LaVa Lab and Ahrens & Associates. At the opposite end of the block, you will find Xavier Middle School.

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(920) 280-7798

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