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 Austin, TX 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 Austin, TX 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?
In a picture-perfect world all family life would be stable, and accord in the home would be commonplace. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an unflawed world. The best efforts of families to get along are not always enough. Problems and major upsets can sometimes poison the atmosphere in homes across the state. Kids run into major conflicts with each other or their parents. Sometimes parents get to the stage whereby they can no longer cope with their own children.
A lot of major disharmony in the home builds up over a long period of time. Sometimes the root cause of the turmoil is obvious, other times less so. Feelings of hopelessness and failure can materialize. The longer the conflicts go on for, the more desperate the situation becomes. Family systemic therapy or family counseling is often the best solution. Qualified counselors can offer hope to what are otherwise hopeless situations.
Domestic Threats in Modern Homes
When disruption occurs in the home everyone suffers. Modern challenges can be physical setbacks or conflicts, emotional turmoil or deep psychological unease. Despite the attempts of family members to restore peace, a sustainable resolve is not always forthcoming. It’s times like these where family therapists can prove invaluable.
Here are a few of the most common causes of family turmoil:
- Adolescent related matters
- Anger outbursts
- Chronic anxiety
- Food disorders (anorexia and bulimia, etc.)
- Marriage breakups
For families who cannot resolve issues among themselves, counseling might be their missing link. Family therapists assist in all kinds of ways, for example they can:
- Help families reestablish meaningful dialog and repair rifts
- Lay the foundation for rebuilding much better relationships
- Help divorcing couples to make better informed decisions in all areas of the split
- Set secure environments where folks can communicate together or individually
Family therapists have helped all kinds of families resolve all sorts of difficulties. We are often the solution to otherwise complex problems. A simple phone call could be just the beginning of the end of your family turmoil.