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2,560 people sought family therapy help in Illinois in the last year

Discover how starting family therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our therapists in Aurora are booked, but we have 13 other therapists in IL available for an online or in-person session.

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 Aurora, IL 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 Aurora, IL 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 relationships can be some of the strongest and most supportive relationships in your life. Family can pick you up when you’re down and help you out of some of your toughest pickles.

But as wonderful as they can be, family relationships may also be deeply challenging. Not all families are stable and happy all of the time. It’s normal for families to disagree occasionally, and even the happiest families don’t see eye-to-eye all of the time.

When your family is struggling, you may experience conflict, miscommunication, or even estrangement among family members. Fortunately, family therapy can help you resolve the issues causing discord between you and build stronger, healthier bonds long term.

If your family is facing a difficult challenge, or the bonds between you are deteriorating, the mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Aurora, IL can help. Our providers are accepting new clients both in-person and online, and you may even be able to begin counseling within 24 to 48 hours. Call our scheduling team to get started.

Deciding if Family Therapy Is Right for You

Choosing whether marriage and family therapy is right for your family can be a difficult decision. You may feel like seeking counseling is admitting to weakness or failure. But the reality is that even the most tight-knit families sometimes need help that goes beyond their own resources. Seeking counseling can be a big step in a positive direction.

Therapy is not only for families in crisis. It can also be a great way to learn new skills and tools to improve your relationships and find new solutions to old problems. Families decide to seek family counseling for a variety of reasons at different times in life. Some of the most common reasons include the following:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Financial issues or disagreements
  • Stress outside of the home
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Divorce or separation
  • Mental health issues
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Remarriage and blended families
  • Grief or loss of a loved one

It is not uncommon for one person’s struggle to cause distress for the rest of the family, and family counseling can help you understand how those issues are affecting each of you as individuals and as a group.

If your family is facing one or more of these problems, or up against other specific issues, a therapist or counselor at Thriveworks in Aurora, IL can help you get to the root cause of your disharmony, and give you the tools to solve your family problems.

How Therapy Works for Your Family

It’s not uncommon for families to encounter issues they can’t resolve on their own. Distinct personalities, preferences, and even beliefs within family systems are bound to make waves at some point. Each member of your family is a unique individual, and it can be hard to understand one another when you’re not always on the same page. Fortunately, family counseling can help you work through and appreciate your differences.

Your family therapist or counselor may speak with each member of your family individually to hear their concerns and their perspective. By assessing each of your specific personalities, preferences, point of view, past experiences, and emotional states, your provider will be able to formulate a customized treatment plan to tackle the specific issues your family is facing.

Your treatment plan may include one or more forms of therapy depending on the specifics of your situation. Some popular forms of therapy include systemic family therapy, structural family therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Your counselor or therapist may also make suggestions for lifestyle adjustments or techniques to try at home with one another.

Family therapy can help families learn to improve communication and solve problems together, building stronger relationships long term. Whether you’re experiencing a difficult life transition, a lack of communication, or something else entirely, the family therapists at Thriveworks in Aurora, IL are here to help.

Finding Help: Scheduling a Family Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks in Aurora, IL

At Thriveworks, we make it easy to connect your whole family with a therapist and give you the resources you need to continue growing in between therapy sessions. You’ll enjoy many benefits, including the following:

  • Weekend and evening appointments
  • Online counseling opportunities
  • Email and phone access to providers between appointments
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Moderated discussion forums
  • Text message support for billing and scheduling questions
  • Access to the Therapy Buddy app

Our marriage and family therapists accept health insurance and have appointments available seven days a week. When you’re ready to take the next step, click our booking tool or connect with our scheduling specialists to schedule an appointment. The therapist and counselors at Thriveworks in Aurora, IL are ready to help you reconnect with the ones you love most.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Aurora therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners IPA

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Kane County

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Silver Cross

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

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | PPO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Aurora
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

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Aurora reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have to give Joleann nothing less than a 5 star review all the way. Her leadership skills were on display every day in the Psychiatric Rehab department. Leading a staff of more than 8 people in the department was no easy task and yet Joey did this with, what appeared to be, great ease. Extremely organized and ready to handle any situation that may arise. She always made time for her staff when ever any kind of guidance or support was needed. Even if it was just a smile and a few positive words to help make your day go a little brighter. On a personal level Joleann is a very empathetic and professional clinician. Going through several months of dealing with a personal tragedy she was there to listen, offer guidance and support whenever needed. She even helped answer questions when it came to confusing paperwork or dealing with frustrating phone calls that needed to be made. She is a true asset to the team.
Read more I have to give Joleann nothing less than a 5 star review all the way. Her leadership skills were on display every day in the Psychiatric Rehab department. Leading a staff of more than 8 people in the department was no easy task and yet Joey did this with, what appeared to be, great ease. Extremely organized and ready to handle any situation that may arise. She always made time for her staff when ever any kind of guidance or support was needed. Even if it was just a smile and a few positive words to help make your day go a little brighter. On a personal level Joleann is a very empathetic and professional clinician. Going through several months of dealing with a personal tragedy she was there to listen, offer guidance and support whenever needed. She even helped answer questions when it came to confusing paperwork or dealing with frustrating phone calls that needed to be made. She is a true asset to the team.
Aurora Sep 2021
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Aurora is located in the same building as Alternative Staffing Inc., Exalttek, Aftermath Services, Velocity Resource Group, Molly Maid, and many other businesses. We are right by the intersection of Executive Dr and McCoy Dr. The Piazza theater is nearby this intersection, as is Cosmic Montessori School, Pomegranate Restaurant, Salon B, Skyzone, and Artisan Hair Sodality.

Phone number

(630) 523-8166

Languages spoken by IL providers

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