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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 Fairfield, CT 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, CT 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?

Do you look back on your childhood fondly? Or, are those years filled with challenges or tragedy in your family that you’d rather not remember? What about the current state of your relationships with your relatives? Are you close with your parents, your siblings, your children, or are you in a bit of a tough spot?

The answers to these questions will likely vary greatly from person to person. They might even trigger difficult emotions. In any regard, we believe that you could find value in family therapy. Thriveworks Counseling believes that everyone can benefit from working with a skilled, caring counselor or therapist. On the same note, we believe that all families can benefit from family therapy, as this approach to counseling focuses on strengthening these important relationships as well as helping you work through the obstacles keeping you apart.

“It’s so important to express emotions in a healthy way so that [you] can recover and find peace together.” –Dr. Jenn

Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT has family therapists who are equipped to help you repair your relationships with your relatives. While we might despise our family members from time to time, the truth is that they matter and have a huge impact on life as we know it. So, if any part of you wants to repair these relationships and thinks that family therapy could give you that chance, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT today. Our family therapists and psychologists are experts at helping families with broken or tainted relationships find happiness again.

How Can Family Therapists, Psychologists Help?

We already explained the basic functionality of family therapy above, but to recap, family therapy helps families work through their problems and improve their relationships. It can guide your family in making meaningful changes—changes that should have been made a long time ago—that will benefit every individual involved.

Often, family therapy will mean having some tough conversations. Maybe even conversations that you’ve been putting off for years. These conversations will likely focus on the problems at hand, such as:

  • The loss of a loved one
  • Financial strain
  • Marital discord
  • Mental illness, like depression or anxiety
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • Parenting disagreements
  • Child rebellion

Your family therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT will guide you in having these important conversations. The end goal is to lead you toward developing better relationships, as a result of these discussions.

How Does Family Therapy Work? What Can We Expect?

Your family therapy sessions will likely last about 60 minutes, and you can expect to attend 12 sessions, give or take. Of course, these specifics will depend on your family’s availability and specific needs, of which your family therapist will work to understand. This understanding will enable them to design the best treatment plan for you.

Now, while you can count on receiving individualized treatment, you can also expect to discuss the following with your family therapist:

  1. The identified issue(s) at hand
  2. The current state of your relationships
  3. Each individuals thoughts, feelings, opinions
  4. Your family’s strengths as well as your weaknesses
  5. Individual behaviors that are negatively impacting the group
  6. Expectations, dynamics, familial roles

Having in-depth conversations with the above topics at the center will enable your family to make important progress in therapy and in repairing your relationships. Don’t worry, you won’t be left alone to have these conversations, your Thriveworks family therapist or psychologist will guide you through them and offer support as needed.

Work with a Family Therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT

If your family is struggling to get along or you long for better relationships with your loved ones, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT. We have family therapists on our team who are eager to help you mend ties with your relatives. And they have the skills as well as the research-backed techniques to do it.

Call Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT to schedule your appointment today. We can offer you a next-day appointment, and we also have flexible scheduling options in the evenings and on the weekends. Your health and wellbeing are of utmost importance to us. Please allow us to help you navigate these important relationships with your family members. We’d love to assist you, and we hope to hear from you soon.

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 Fairfield therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Connecticut | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • 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

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Fairfield is located right at the intersection of Route 58 and Fairfield Woods Rd, just northwest of Trader Joe’s. Our building is across from Nexgen Games and Whoopi Thai Cuisine, and is shared by the UPS Store and Alina’s Cakes and Cookies. The closest bus stop is Black Rock Turnpike at Stillson Road, a six-minute walk away.

Phone number

(203) 793-0805

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