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9,385 people sought family therapy help in Massachusetts 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 Brookline are booked, but we have 63 other therapists in MA 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 Brookline, MA 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 Brookline, MA 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?

When you think back on your childhood, do you look back fondly? Your answer will rely largely on the state of your family. If your family had a healthy dynamic, you likely look back fondly (at least, mostly). If, on the other hand, your family dynamic was unhealthy or wrought with conflict, you probably look back with sadness or other negative emotions.

The families that we are born into, or those that we find, impact us in more ways than we can count: they impact our thoughts and our beliefs; they affect how we talk as well as how we listen; they influence our habits, our values, our religious inclinations; and they affect how we approach relationships with others. Our history and our interactions with our family members can work together to create a happy, healthy life for many years to come. Or, these relationships can cause us mental and emotional pain.

“Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.” –John C. Maxwell

Fortunately, even in times of distress, family therapy can help to ease this pain and help you build happy relationships with your family members. Depending on what you’re going through, this might sound impossible. While you do not have to revive these relationships if you do not wish, doing so can prove beneficial, as a family is one of the greatest facilitators of happiness (when our relationships are healthy). The family therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline, MA want to help you develop healthy relationships with your loved ones. They can help you work through conflict and find that universal love for one another again. To schedule family therapy, just call our office at (617) 934-1974.

How Does Family Therapy Work? Who Does It Help?

Family therapy is an approach to therapy that focuses on helping families work through interpersonal conflicts and improve overall health of the unit. Common challenges that arise between family members—parenting, children, siblings, and others—include miscommunication, disagreements, mental illness (such as addiction), divorce, and problems in parenting.

Here at Thriveworks, we strongly believe that everyone can benefit, in some way, from working with a counselor or therapist. If you’re at odds with your loved ones or these relationships could be improved, family therapy might be the right type of therapy for you—especially if you are encountering one of the following:

  • Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD
  • The loss of a family member or another close loved one
  • Divorce, separation, or breakup
  • Behavior issues with children and teens
  • Financial stress
  • Parenting struggles
  • Major life changes such as a big move

The family therapists at Thriveworks Brookline are here and happy to help your family work through the above, as well as other challenges. They will welcome you into a non-judgmental, safe space to talk.

How Are Family Therapists Qualified to Help?

The family therapists at Thriveworks in Brookline are licensed, qualified mental health professionals. They have put the time and the hard work into gaining unique skillsets, tools, and experience helping families to work through familial conflicts and improve relationships. Other mental health providers might also pull tools and techniques from family therapy to help their clients, if they have completed family therapy training.

In many cases, family therapy is short-term. Your family might have 10 sessions and then be done with treatment, as you’ve made enough progress. In other cases though of course, some families do need to spend a longer time in therapy. Don’t worry, your family therapist will assess your needs and create an individualized treatment plan just for you.

Schedule a Family Therapy Session at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline, MA

Do you feel like your family could benefit from working with a therapist? To work through a familial conflict or otherwise? The family therapists at Thriveworks in Brookline, MA would be happy to meet with you. They are here to help you work through these conflicts and discuss other areas of improvement. When you’re ready to schedule your first family therapy session, just call our office at (617) 934-1974. Our scheduling team will get you all set up for your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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 Brookline therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

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

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Brookline
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 Brookline reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Selina is a kind and capable counselor who knows how to get quickly to the heart of the matter without wasting a clients time. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and helps her clients move to a place of increased self awareness and overall improved wellness.
Read more Selina is a kind and capable counselor who knows how to get quickly to the heart of the matter without wasting a clients time. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and helps her clients move to a place of increased self awareness and overall improved wellness.
Brookline Dec 2020
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★★★★★
My therapist has been amazing, patient, non-judgmental and flexible in her techniques that have helped me be more open to trying new methods.
Read more My therapist has been amazing, patient, non-judgmental and flexible in her techniques that have helped me be more open to trying new methods.
Brookline Oct 2018
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★★★★★
Responsive, timely and friendly customer service. My first appointment with my new therapist was great. I like how the staff was knowledgeable with insurance and the types of treatments each therapist specializes in to help me make the right decision in choosing my own therapist. Thanks Thriveworks!
Read more Responsive, timely and friendly customer service. My first appointment with my new therapist was great. I like how the staff was knowledgeable with insurance and the types of treatments each therapist specializes in to help me make the right decision in choosing my own therapist. Thanks Thriveworks!
Brookline Jul 2018
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★★★★★
We are off to a good start.
Brookline Jun 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Brookline is at the corner of St Paul Street and Beacon Street. We are across the street from the Public Library of Brookline, and next to Mass General Brigham Urgent Care.

Phone number

(617) 958-5912

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Farsi
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