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564 people sought family therapy help at Chicago in the last year

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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 Chicago, 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 Chicago, 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?

When you look at Facebook or Instagram, your feed is filled with photos of happy, smiling families on vacation, celebrating birthdays, or enjoying other special outings. It makes you wonder: Why is everyone else’s family so well adjusted when mine is struggling with difficult issues that make my life miserable?

But social media posts are carefully curated and don’t reflect the tough times that all families face, no matter how close and loving they may be. Things like behavioral problems, issues at school or work, marital conflicts, or family illness or death can all be hard on parents and children alike.

If your family is in the midst of a rough spot or you can’t seem to break the cycle of arguing and distress, it might be time to seek the help of a licensed professional. At Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL, our family therapists and counselors can help you communicate better, resolve conflicts, and build stronger family bonds. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.

How Do You Know if Family Therapy is Right for You?

There are many reasons to consider family counseling. Maybe you’re going through a tough life transition such as a move to another city. Or perhaps you’ve remarried and are struggling to peacefully blend your two families together.

Other specific issues that may prompt you to visit a family therapist include:

  • Divorce or separation
  • Mental illness
  • Death or serious illness in the family
  • Infidelity
  • Communication difficulties
  • Arguments that never seem to resolve
  • Substance abuse
  • Financial hardship
  • Children’s behavioral problems
  • Parent/child conflict
  • Trouble dealing with grief
  • Anger management issues

If your family is experiencing an issue that is interfering with your health or happiness, consider reaching out to us at Thriveworks in Chicago, IL. Our family therapists have in-person and remote appointments available seven days a week whenever you’re ready to take the next step.

How Can Family Counseling Help?

All families are different but no matter what your specific concerns may be, therapy sessions with a knowledgeable counselor can help you learn how to reduce conflict, improve communication, and work through problems.

Our skilled family therapists are trained to work with families on challenging issues in a collaborative way that respects each family member’s concerns and feelings. Sometimes, a therapist’s neutral and objective perspective is all that’s necessary to mend old wounds and find new solutions to problems that have plagued your family for years.

A family therapist will tailor your treatment to the specific concerns you bring to therapy. For example, they may help you resolve painful disagreements and suggest alternative ways for you to respond in the future. By understanding how miscommunications and patterns have caused problems in the past, a family counselor can help you learn problem-solving skills so these scenarios can be predicted and avoided.

Or, if you have children or adolescents at home with emotional and behavioral problems, a family therapist can help you get to the bottom of those behaviors. Your child may learn techniques for coping with stress and managing their emotions while you may learn how to create healthy boundaries and adjust your parenting style for the better.

Family conflicts can feel unbearable but you don’t have to go it alone. If you think your family would benefit from therapy, contact us today at Thriveworks in Chicago, IL to schedule your first appointment.

Turn to Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL

Whether it’s your teenager constantly breaking the rules, rising tension between you and your spouse, or other troubling family dynamics, our team of licensed professionals can help. If you’d like help improving your family relationships, consider making an appointment with one of our understanding and professional family therapy experts at Thriveworks in Chicago, IL.

It’s easy to schedule an appointment, either in-person or online, and new clients can often see a family therapist within 24-48 hours. Thriveworks accepts most major insurance plans and our offices open early and stay open late — even on weekends!

Clients can access their therapist via email or phone in between appointments. You can also receive answers about specific family issues through our ask-a-coach 24-hour Q&A service as well as our online community discussions moderated by mental-health professionals.

You don’t have to let ongoing conflicts and stress pull your family apart. Reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL to schedule an appointment with a counselor for family therapy to get the support you need. Your family can thrive — we can help.

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 Chicago therapists and counselors accept 15 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • 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

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Quest Behavioral Health

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Self-pay costs at Chicago
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Therapist was able to help me become a better person and defeat the many shells I had to break
Leonardo Feb 2024 verified review
I have worked with Gary Zurawski, professionally, for many years. His thoughtfulness, skill and compassion comes through in his relationships with patients in a professional manner. He connects with them in a way that allows for a productive interactive experience.
Read more I have worked with Gary Zurawski, professionally, for many years. His thoughtfulness, skill and compassion comes through in his relationships with patients in a professional manner. He connects with them in a way that allows for a productive interactive experience.
Chicago Jun 2022
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Chicago is located at 333 Michigan Ave Suite 1810, Chicago, IL 60601, right next to Fannie May and Blackhawk’s Store. We’re also close to the intersection of E. Lower Wacker and N. Michigan Avenue.

Phone number

(224) 529-3470

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