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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 Boulder, CO 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 Boulder, CO 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?

What is a family? Pope John XXII stated that “The family is the first essential cell of human society.” The comedian George Burns said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” Every family is different, of course, but they’re usually made up of adults and children who are united by blood, marriage, love, adoption, or some other bond. Immediate families often live under the same roof. And all families have conflicts, no matter what Hollywood tells you. Some disturbances in the family equilibrium require more TLC than others, which is where family therapists enter the picture.

Family counselors at Thriveworks in Boulder, CO have the necessary skills and training to approach even the most formidable family problems. These licensed family therapists can serve in a variety of roles during therapy sessions. They can act as educators, challengers, mediators, champions, and more. They use evidence-based therapeutic techniques to help families work through hardships and confusion. And they’re highly effective and solution-oriented.

If you think that you and your family might find value in talking to a family therapist, don’t hesitate to reach out to Thriveworks in Boulder, CO. We’re here to help you work through your unique challenges – give us a call today to get started or use our online booking widget to schedule an appointment.

What Do You Learn in Family Therapy?

The sky is the limit for what family members can learn in family therapy at Thriveworks in Boulder, CO. What clients get out of the process is all about what they put in—honesty, commitment, etc. And of course the exceptional quality of the Thriveworks family counselor helps a lot!

Licensed marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are trained to avoid focusing on what caused family difficulties, because that could be perceived as assigning blame to individual family members. Rather, Thriveworks counselors seek to deepen everyone’s understanding of relationships and dynamics within the family unit. In practice, that can produce real, noticeable results in just a few therapy sessions. For instance, in relationship therapy, family members might learn how to do the following:

  • Reduce conflict and distress between family members
  • Analyze a past conflict to diffuse lingering tension
  • Manage anger
  • Listen to each other’s points of view
  • Establish healthy boundaries
  • Recognize when a family member needs additional interpersonal or professional support
  • Build trust
  • Use neutral language to improve communication
  • Deescalate conflicts
  • Learn their emotional triggers

Family therapy can also help show you when individual members need extra professional support. It’s not unusual for a family therapist to refer a mom or dad, brother or sister, to follow-up appointments with their own psychotherapist or psychiatrist.

Domestic Problems That Can Prompt Family Therapy

At first, some family members may feel uncomfortable opening up to a therapist at Thriveworks in Boulder, CO. Why would they want to air their dirty laundry to a professional? But it can actually be incredibly beneficial for families to talk to a highly qualified, experienced, licensed professional who is trained to be impartial and try to see everyone’s perspective.

As for your dirty laundry, you can rest assured that you’re in a safe, secure, confidential environment when you speak to a Thriveworks family therapist, either online or in-person. Your counselor will closely protect your family secrets. After all, they have already heard pretty much everything and their job isn’t to judge; it’s to help.

Families come to counseling for an infinite variety of issues. Some may face a disruption like the following:

  • Psychological disorders like depression or anxiety, which can afflict the whole family, even if only one member has been diagnosed
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger management issues
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Nightmares or bed wetting
  • Chronic illness
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Bullying at home or school
  • Multiracial family issues
  • “Coming out” issues
  • Multicultural issues in immigrant families
  • Financial struggles
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Grief from the loss of a family member

What Exactly Do We Do in Family Therapy? 3 Popular Family Counseling Activities

Even the activities that a distempered teenager might perceive as “cheesy” can actually help massage the therapeutic process. But family therapists try to gear their evidence-based practices toward the maturity levels and expectations of their clients. For example, young kids might respond well to art- and play-based activities, while young adults obviously won’t. Some popular family counseling activities include:

  1. The miracle question, where your counselor asks every family member what miracle they would wish for if one could be granted overnight. It’s a way of gaining insight into everyone’s wishes and pain points.
  2. Scavenger hunt, where your counselor sends everyone to collect an object of their choice with a broad instruction like, “Choose something that makes you feel safe.”
  3. Icebreakers like the colored candy go around game, where you pass around candy and each color is coded for a prompt, like red might mean you talk about a favorite family memory.

A family counselor can also adapt these games to be played online if you opt for virtual therapy sessions as opposed to in-person.

Become a Thriveworks Client Today and Meet Your Family Therapist

When you enroll at Thriveworks in Boulder, CO, you can meet your family therapist in as few as 24-48 hours. Our scheduling team works long hours to respond to your calls personally so you don’t have to hear a voicemail.

Our top-rated, licensed, fully qualified mental health providers are ready to help you and your family members on your journey toward lasting harmony—or at least improvements. Call Thriveworks today!

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 Colorado therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | GHI BMP

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | PPO - HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Boulder is right off of S Broadway. We are near Dental & Implant Centers of Colorado, and the Boulder Fire Station.

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(720) 864-0574

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