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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 Fairfield, CA 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 Fairfield, CA 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?

Our families are the people we know best in the world, whether we were born into them or found them. When you spend so much time with a group of people, disagreements and misunderstandings are inevitable.

Our history, expectations, and closeness with our family members guarantee that we won’t always see eye to eye with them. However, if your disagreements have become more frequent and the words exchanged more biting, you might find that your family relationships have become strained.

The best way to work through a messy conflict isn’t always apparent. Fortunately, you can seek help from a professional by working with a family therapist or counselor. In family therapy sessions, you can work on skills such as:

  • Active listening
  • Clear communication
  • Conflict resolution
  • Mutual respect
  • Trust building

If your family is interested in cultivating these skills together, then our family counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CA, are here to help. Call our office today to get started.

Can a Counselor or Therapist Help My Family?

Family therapy is a form of treatment that helps families deal with their issues and create healthier relationships. During treatment, your provider will investigate your family’s roles, rules, and patterns of behavior to help you find healthier and more productive ways of interacting with each other.

There are many situations where a family could benefit from working with a mental health professional, including:

  • Parenting disagreements
  • Financial strain
  • Major life changes
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Sibling rivalries
  • Estranged or strained relationships
  • Mental health issues
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Sexual orientation
  • Chronic illness of a family member
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce or separation

Many times, conflicts or challenges that start small can end up affecting the entire family. This is why attending therapy or counseling as a group can help the healing process. Group sessions help every person get the acknowledgment, validation, and guidance that they need.

Mental health professionals from Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CA, can work with you to provide compassionate, effective care and help your family work through issues as a unit.

What To Expect From Family Therapy or Counseling

Family therapy is typically a short-term process, with most families attending around 12 sessions. However, it can also be a longer-term process as needed — it depends on your family and your needs.

In these sessions, you’ll learn some long-term skills applicable to the specific challenge your family is going through as well as future challenges. So how does a therapist or counselor help you get to that point? Your provider knows that each person in your family is unique, with their own experience and perspective. Sometimes, to get the best sense of the problem, a therapist might decide to meet each member individually before bringing the group together to tackle a problem.

How a therapist or counselor runs a session can look different based on their style, what type of therapy they practice, and your family’s needs. For instance, your therapist might use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) practices for your treatment. CBT involves recognizing and changing unhealthy learned patterns of thought and behavior.

We also understand that bringing a family together for regular sessions can be difficult due to busy schedules or family members living in different areas. Online appointments are a great option in these kinds of situations. Your family can work with a provider over the phone or through a video chat, allowing your family to work with a provider in a comfortable, convenient format that fits your needs.

Ultimately, the work done in therapy or counseling goes beyond resolving conflicts. It helps strengthen the bond between your family by giving you a greater understanding and appreciation for your relationships. Do you want to work with a professional family therapist or counselor? Consider calling our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CA.

Schedule a Family Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks in Fairfield, CA

Family disputes are a natural part of life as a family grows and changes. Taking the time to address these issues can show everyone how much they mean to each other. If you want to start family therapy or counseling today, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CA.

Many families have busy schedules and struggle to find the time for treatment. That’s why we offer evening and weekend sessions, convenient online appointment options, and a flexible cancellation policy. We also take many major healthcare plans, so working with a mental health provider might be more affordable than you think.

Working with a family therapist or counselor can help bring your family closer together. Call us today at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CA, to set up your first session.

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 California therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Fairfield is located in Highland Corporate Center on Hilborn Rd. There are several car dealerships nearby including Fairfield Subaru and Fairfield Chevrolet.

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(203) 433-6647

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