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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 Baltimore, MD 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 Baltimore, MD 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?

Sometimes, we have love-hate relationships with our family members. In other words, we love and care about them, but they also know how to push our buttons. And sometimes we enter fights or disagreements with them that affect our overall wellbeing. Or, a family members suffers individually which affects the entire family unit. In either case, family therapist was designed to help people work through their family problems and restore healthy relationships with our loved ones.

“There are no individuals in the world only fragments of families.”

–Carl Whitaker

If you believe that your family could find value in working with a family therapist, reach out to Thriveworks Baltimore Counseling. We have family therapists and counselors on staff who specialize in helping families work through a range of problems. These professionals are happy to help your family, too! To schedule a family counseling session at Thriveworks Baltimore Counseling, give us a call.

How Is Family Therapy Beneficial? Who Can It Help?

There’s a lot of blame that goes on in families who find it hard to function with any real harmony. Even though there may be someone or some people who are at the source of the upsets, things are rarely as simple as they may first seem. One thing is certain, and that is there will never be any resolve for as long as people use the blame-game as a way to point the finger. A parent might blame the kids for all the mayhem in their lives and the kids blame the parents for their unruly behavior. It’s a familiar pattern but one that leads nowhere but south.

If your family is in a never ending chaotic spiral of more-of-the-same, then you may want to look into family therapy. A qualified family therapist can and often does provide a way to heal rifts and get families back onto a more harmonious footing.

Common Family Challenges Addressed in Family Therapy

Family therapists can often identify issues that family members weren’t able to spot. The following family challenges can contribute to any disharmony in the home when left unaddressed or untreated:

  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism
  • Divorce and separation affecting kids behavior
  • Dependency on alcohol or medications
  • Adolescent behaviors
  • Lack of socialization skills

It’s too easy to blame and point the finger at others, but quite often the one or ones causing the upsets are hurting and confused. It doesn’t matter to a trained family therapist who is causing the discord, other than to identify the problem. Once the root cause of the problem is recognized, the therapy is then about working on the solutions:

A family counselor can help a family in the following areas:

  • Understand one another better (better communication)
  • Point out behavioral problems and solutions in children
  • Show parents how to deal with tantrums
  • Offer solutions to problems and resource materials

Not all family needs are equal, and that means the type of therapy you receive will be contingent on the specific needs of you and your family. Call us today and see what Baltimore family therapists can do to help turn your world around for the better.

Schedule Family Therapy at Thriveworks Baltimore Counseling

It’s normal to run into conflicts with your family members. It’s also normal for individual issues to cause problems for the family as a whole. For example, if a family member is suffering from a mental illness, it is likely that other family members might suffer too. This goes to show just how important these relationships are as well as the health and wellbeing of each individual.

If you need help addressing a family problem—be it divorce, rebellious kids or teens, parenting issues, a mental illness, or something else entirely—consider trusting one of our family therapists to help you through it. We only partner with the best of the best mental health professionals to ensure that we offer our clients the best possible mental health care. Our family therapists have specific experience and knowledge in helping families through tough times.

When you’re ready to schedule a family therapy session, give our office a call. Our scheduling team will get you all set up.

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 Baltimore therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Baltimore
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 Baltimore reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Candace is a supportive, caring, insightful therapist who truly listens!
Baltimore Dec 2020
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★★★★★
In these tense and uncertain times, it’s really helpful to be able to talk to someone who I know shares similar experiences, can understand where I’m coming from, and can help me understand how to do the best I can to improve myself in my circumstances. Tia is a great listener with a gentle, calming demeanor. She knows how to laugh and how to really listen. She’s really helped me through some tough times and encouraged me throughout. Don’t know what I’d do without her!
Read more In these tense and uncertain times, it’s really helpful to be able to talk to someone who I know shares similar experiences, can understand where I’m coming from, and can help me understand how to do the best I can to improve myself in my circumstances. Tia is a great listener with a gentle, calming demeanor. She knows how to laugh and how to really listen. She’s really helped me through some tough times and encouraged me throughout. Don’t know what I’d do without her!
Baltimore Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Had a great experience. Would come back again.
Baltimore Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Sharlene Sylvester is a supportive therapist that is passionate about mental health. She is professional, ensures patient confidentiality, and complies with HIPPA laws. She provides a safe place to process emotions and not feel judged.
Read more Sharlene Sylvester is a supportive therapist that is passionate about mental health. She is professional, ensures patient confidentiality, and complies with HIPPA laws. She provides a safe place to process emotions and not feel judged.
Baltimore Aug 2020
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★★★★★
I recommend Sharlene Sylvester for your therapy needs. After searching for just the right fit, Sharlene checked all the boxes including making me feel heard and comfortable.
Read more I recommend Sharlene Sylvester for your therapy needs. After searching for just the right fit, Sharlene checked all the boxes including making me feel heard and comfortable.
Baltimore Aug 2020
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★★★★★
Sharlene Sylvester is a great therapist. I recommend her highly. She is supportive and knowledgeable. Book your appointment now!
Read more Sharlene Sylvester is a great therapist. I recommend her highly. She is supportive and knowledgeable. Book your appointment now!
Baltimore Jul 2020
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★★★★★
As first-generation immigrants we have a touch time raising kids in US. Being caught between two different cultures, our teenager daughter intuitively rejects parents' culture and is often unrespectful toward parents and her sibling. But we as parents have no relatives in US for counseling. Talking to Sandra has been very helpful as she instructed us how to communicate with our confused teenager, how to guide her through the difficult time. Thank you, Sandy!
Read more As first-generation immigrants we have a touch time raising kids in US. Being caught between two different cultures, our teenager daughter intuitively rejects parents' culture and is often unrespectful toward parents and her sibling. But we as parents have no relatives in US for counseling. Talking to Sandra has been very helpful as she instructed us how to communicate with our confused teenager, how to guide her through the difficult time. Thank you, Sandy!
Baltimore Jul 2020
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★★★★★
I highly recommend Sharlene, she is compassionate and thorough. I'm confident that you won't regret meeting with her.
Read more I highly recommend Sharlene, she is compassionate and thorough. I'm confident that you won't regret meeting with her.
Baltimore Jul 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks in Baltimore, MD is located off of Hamill Rd, between the Baltimore Country Club and Jones Falls Expy. We share a building with Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland and Fresenius Kidney Care Cross Keys, among other businesses. The closest bus stop is Falls Rd & Hamill Rd SB. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(410) 724-1848

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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