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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 Fargo, ND 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 Fargo, ND 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 your family is getting along harmoniously, time spent together can be fun, relaxing, fulfilling, or uplifting. You may share a sunny trip to the beach, a fun night grilling out in the backyard, or an evening cuddled up on the couch for a movie and popcorn. At those moments, life feels good.

But if your family is in a state of discord, miscommunication, or roaring emotions due to a recent change, time spent together may feel more like a battle. Voices raise, doors slam loudly, and everyday objects have the potential to become dangerous flying projectiles in the hands of a frustrated toddler.

All families have their ups and downs, and none are perfect. So if your family argues frequently or just can’t seem to get on the same page, you don’t have to prepare your battle gear just yet. Family therapy or counseling at Thriveworks in Fargo, ND, can help your family resolve conflicts and band together as a peaceful, cohesive unit. Call our office today or use our convenient online scheduling tool to set up your first session.

Is Family Therapy Right for Us?

Family therapy isn’t only for families struggling with severe dysfunction or major issues. While working with a family therapist or counselor can help you tackle almost any challenge, it can also help fortify the bonds within solid family systems, prevent future problems, and help you maintain healthy family relationships.

There are many reasons to work with a mental health professional, regardless of your family’s stage of life. Some common reasons people seek family therapy or counseling include:

  • Communication issues
  • Behavioral problems in children, teens, or adults
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Trust issues or jealousy
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • Major life changes or transitions
  • Childbirth or adoption
  • Conflicting parenting, political, or religious beliefs
  • Financial issues
  • Conflict resolution
  • Estrangement

The mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Fargo, ND, are experienced in helping families with these problems and many other specific issues. If you’d like to learn more about how counseling or therapy can help repair or strengthen your family relationships, contact our friendly scheduling team for assistance.

What Are the Benefits of Family Therapy?

When you decide to pursue care for your family, you’ll find that working with a therapist or counselor can do more than just restore your family’s relationships with one another. The skills you learn through family therapy or counseling sessions can help you improve relationships outside of your family, boost your mental health, and help you find greater satisfaction in daily life.

Your provider might begin your family’s therapy with individual counseling sessions, considering each family member’s experiences, concerns, and other specific issues. Some family members may require additional treatment, such as depression therapy or addiction counseling to improve the function of the entire family system.

Once your therapist has gotten to know each of you, each family member who can participate will gather for group sessions. Your counselor or therapist can act as a moderator while you express your feelings, concerns, and unique points of view. The main goal of group therapy is making sure each family member feels seen, heard, and understood. Your therapist or counselor will walk you through exercises and techniques that can help you achieve this goal and grow together as a family, recognizing and accepting each other’s differences.

Some of the skills you’ll take away from family therapy include improved communication, active listening, conflict prevention, and the ability to identify and solve problems as a group. These skills can enhance other relationships in your life and even contribute to better performance at work or in school.

If you’re ready to take the next step in improving your family’s relationship or restore peace to your household, consider working with a mental health professional at Thriveworks in Fargo, ND.

Schedule a Family Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks in Fargo, ND

You don’t have to wait until a war begins in your dining room before you start family counseling. Thriveworks in Fargo, ND, can help you resolve your family issues before things get messy, and guide you toward maintaining healthier, happier relationships long term. Contact our office today to schedule your first appointment.

At Thriveworks, we can often accommodate new clients within 24 to 48 hours, and we accept a wide variety of insurance plans. We know it’s not always easy to get everyone together in the same place. That’s why you can take advantage of our online appointment opportunities, so you can all join by phone or video chat for the days when you just can’t be together. You’ll also have access to our other perks and benefits, including:

  • Weekend and evening appointments
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Counselor-moderated community discussion boards
  • Exclusive online video content
  • Phone and email access to your provider between therapy sessions
  • 24-hour ask-a-coach Q&A

Family relationships may not be sunshine and daisies all the time, but your next family gathering can have more laughs and smiles. If you’re ready for more peaceful, fulfilling, enjoyable family relationships, Thriveworks in Fargo, ND, can show you how to make that happen. Call our office today to get started.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Fargo is located off 42nd St S, between Little Jungle Childcare Center and Schmidt’s Gems & Fine Jewelry. We currently share the building with Healing Point Massage Therapy. On the same road, on the other side of Little Jungle Childcare Center, you will see the City of Fargo water tower.

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