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2,560 people sought family therapy help in Illinois in the last year

Discover how starting family therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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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 Champaign, IL 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 Champaign, IL 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?

Have you ever wondered what a random fly on the wall would think of your family? Would an impartial observer notice things about your family dynamics that you aren’t consciously aware of? For instance, does your mom tend to cut you off and finish your sentences for you, so you never feel like she’s listening? Does your dad tend to be overly harsh and critical because he’s terrified that you’ll make the same mistakes he did when he was younger? Certain negative communication and behavior patterns can become entrenched in intimate relationships, sometimes to the detriment of everyone’s feelings of love and security. But Thriveworks family counselors are here to provide guidance and support for all manner of relationship conflicts.

Family therapy at Thriveworks in Champaign, IL, is a service that all families can benefit from, whether you’ve had longstanding issues with your family or you want to target a problem that just came up. Relationship counselors serve as objective observers who are trained to understand everyone’s viewpoint and then propose solutions for the conflicts at hand. Thriveworks family therapy in Champaign, IL is a great way to deepen your intimate bonds with the people closest to you.

How Therapy Can Strengthen Your Family

Though seeing a family counselor for the first time may seem intimidating at first, the rewards of these therapy sessions can be enormous. A Thriveworks family therapist can help the diverse members of intimate relationships improve their abilities to accomplish their goals, including:

  • Building trust
  • Establishing healthy boundaries
  • Listening to each other
  • Deepening your empathy for others
  • Managing anger
  • Avoiding trigger words and language
  • Resolving conflict
  • Reducing stress and tension at home
  • Recognizing when someone in the family needs additional help
  • Practicing forgiveness

This list is by no means exhaustive. After all, every family is different and has its own issues that members might want to tackle. A counselor can ask each individual in a family what their goals are for family therapy at Thriveworks in Champaign, IL. It can be illuminating to hear what everyone’s therapy objectives are, and these responses can serve as a great starting point toward healing bonds and resolving conflict.

What Are the Signs That My Family Could Benefit from Family Therapy?

The ultimate sign that your family could benefit from family therapy or relationship counseling is that there are at least two of you and you’re human! But there are some indications that might show that you and your family member are prime candidates for therapeutic intervention:

  • The presence of substance abuse or addiction
  • Bullying at home or at school
  • Emotional abuse
  • Anger management issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression or anxiety in one or several family members
  • Frequent fighting
  • Chronic illness
  • A family member with special needs

Any of these issues can affect the overall psychological health of your family. Their presence may indicate that it’s worth talking to an expert, impartial mediator like a licensed family counselor at Thriveworks in Champaign, IL.

Advantages of Doing Family Therapy Online

Everyone seems to be seeing therapists online these days. Improvements in telehealth technology mean that Thriveworks virtual counseling is safe, secure, and HIPAA-compliant. Choosing to schedule your family therapy online in Champaign, IL means that you, your family members, and your counselor aren’t restrained by geography. Maybe your son is in college and can’t travel home for weekly appointments. Maybe your husband is only free on weekends. Online therapists can accommodate everyone’s schedule and put everyone in the same place at once, via an internet connection. And many useful family therapy activities like “Emotions Therapy Ball” and “Miracle Question” can be adapted to be just as emotionally productive online.

Your family’s psychological health should not be dependent on whether or not everyone can make it to an office at a certain time each week. Thriveworks family therapists can meet all of you wherever you are as long as you have a smartphone or a computer connected to the internet. At Thriveworks we know that there’s great value in convenience, especially for something complicated like psychological health.

I’m Ready to Make an Appointment with a Family Therapist in Champaign, IL

Our family therapists can schedule your first appointment within 24-48 hours. Counseling sessions at Thriveworks are convenient, affordable, and often life-changing.

Book your family therapy appointment during our extended office hours and a Thriveworks representative (a real person, not an AI robot) will answer your questions and explain our exclusive benefits like online and email access to your counselor between sessions. We can’t wait to help you get started!

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 Champaign therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners IPA

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Kane County

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Silver Cross

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

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | PPO

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois- Telepsych

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Choice Care (Humana)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Champaign is at the corner of Church Street and S Randolph Street. Our office is across from West Side Park and near Hickory Point Band & Trust. We share a building with the Virginia Theatre.

Phone number

(217) 282-0034

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