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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 Billings, MT 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 Billings, MT 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?

Sara and her father have always struggled to get along, but since she’s gotten older, things haven’t seemed to improve. She’s close with her mother and her two younger brothers, but she and her dad always seem to clash. From her life choices to her political beliefs, Sara often feels stifled by his inability to compromise or recognize the validity of her perspective. 

However, she does want to resolve the distance between them, and she thinks that he might want to, as well. Still, Sara’s known her dad long enough to know that talking with him about his behavior is usually only effective with a third party to mediate. In order to maximize the potential for them to reconcile, Sara has scheduled their first family therapy session. While she feels uncertain of what to expect, she’s interested in the potential benefits and progress that come from family therapy. 

Sara’s family issues aren’t uncommon, and all relationships are bound to experience ups and downs occasionally. While a bit of turbulence in our close connections is normal, negative dynamics can become really harmful when they’re allowed to persist for extended periods of time. But by partnering with one of our mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Billings, MT, you and your family can gain the stability and support that you need in order to grow together. 

How Does Family Therapy Work? How Can it Help? 

Family therapy is designed to help relatives learn to appreciate their differences and communicate effectively and healthily. Some of the common signs that professional assistance could be useful include: 

  • Ongoing frustration or resentment towards each other
  • Tense, explosive arguments about finances or future planning 
  • Child or teen behavioral issues with unknown origins: Kids may act out at school or at home to express anger or fear in different ways 
  • Tension during extended periods of time spent together such as holidays or vacations 
  • Differing viewpoints or unreconciled events 

It’s important to keep in mind that any relationship can benefit from therapy or counseling services. While this is something we believe, at Thriveworks in Billings, MT  we’re aware that there are still outdated misconceptions and stigma attached to seeking professional mental health assistance. While it might feel intimidating to reach out to a provider, the reality is that they aren’t going to judge or chastise you. That’s because our therapists work to:  

  • Create and promote newfound respect for personal boundaries and healthy communication
  • Help you to empathize and compromise with one another 
  • Help relatives with previously undiagnosed mental health conditions to find new emotional balance and well-being 
  • Act as a neutral third party during therapy sessions, allowing for more balanced dialogue and candid discussion

Even with the benefits that a family therapist can provide, it’s common for families to have members who feel reluctant or unwilling to connect with a mental health professional. Many feel that the therapist will choose a side, or work to separate family members from each other. The truth is that our providers are committed to making better mental health a reality for you and your loved ones, and they aren’t interested in choosing sides or fueling divisions. 

Schedule a Family Counseling Session at Thriveworks in Billings, MT 

When you decide to take the proactive step to connect with one of our family therapists, you’re choosing to prioritize the bond that you and your family members share. Seeking mental health services isn’t a sign of defeat. At Thriveworks in Billings, MT we know that when a family comes together to attend therapy sessions, healing and growth can occur. 

And if you’re divided by miles of separation, we have online therapy options to help you all come together. With the ability to attend sessions anywhere with reliable internet and a private space to talk, online therapy could be the flexible solution you’ve been looking for. 

When you call to schedule your first appointment, you’ll be greeted by our scheduling specialist team. They’re available seven days a week to help with each step in the scheduling process and can assist with everything from setting up your insurance, to finding a provider, even if there’s no one in your area. When you’ve finished signing up for your appointment, you’ll have access to industry-leading benefits such as: 

  • Weekend and evening session availability
  • Email contact with your provider in-between session
  • Our Q/A ask a coach option: for questions that can’t wait till the next session
  • Scheduling assistance from our specialists, 7 days a week 

If you and your relatives could benefit from the stability and support provided by family therapy, reach out to Thriveworks in Billings, MT to get matched with a great therapist. They’ll work with you to make better mental health and family relationships a reality for you and those closest to you.

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 Billings therapists and counselors accept 18 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Billings is located at 404 N 31st St Suite 415, Billings, MT 59101, at the corner of 4th Ave. North.

Phone number

(406) 384-5519

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