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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 Huntington Beach, 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 Huntington Beach, 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?

The psychiatrist Karl A. Menninger once stated, “Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” Mental health providers—and indeed most medical providers in general—don’t usually speak in terms of “cures.” But love and social support do have outsized positive impacts on emotional well-being and happiness. And, for better or worse, the first place people learn to love and be loved is usually within one’s family. 

Family counseling is a safe and effective way to address communication issues, solve problems, and strengthen relationships. The licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA facilitate meaningful conversations that can help family members see problems from each other’s perspectives. This process can deepen bonds, reinforce what’s already working, and identify dynamics that might need further attention. 

Family Therapy: Indications

Marriage and family therapy can help all families, not just those with acute problems. It’s similar to individual therapy and couples therapy in that way. Everyone can benefit from the psychological insights, deep listening skills, and expertise of an exceptional mental health provider. That being said, many families come to therapy at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA to address specific issues. These issues might include the following:

  • Mood disorders 
  • Postpartum depression
  • Anxiety and anxiety disorders
  • Anorexia or bulimia
  • Behavioral problems 
  • Support for neurodiverse children 
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Financial stress
  • Marital stress
  • Rebellion
  • Juvenile delinquency or crime
  • Estrangement
  • Infidelity
  • Blended family issues
  • Reproductive issues
  • Conflict and tension in family relationships
  • Emotional or verbal abuse
  • Chronic illness 
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Codependency
  • Perfectionism
  • Unhealthy parenting styles
  • Conflicting parenting styles

The LMFTs at Thriveworks have extensive training in family therapy techniques that can help loved ones heal and reconnect.

What’s Internal Family Systems Therapy?

Internal family systems (IFS) therapy is one of the approaches that a Thriveworks counselor might enlist to treat a family. IFS works by conceptualizing different parts of the psyche as different family members. This modality can help people return to their core self and bring all their “personalities” into harmony. 

Mental health professionals might also use the following modalities to address family issues:

  • Structural, which assesses the role each member plays in the family 
  • Systemic, which is rooted in family systems
  • Narrative, which focuses on personal stories
  • Transgenerational, which looks at conflicts from a generational standpoint
  • Milan, which sees the body as a system guided by natural behavior
  • Strategic, which attempts to examine and redirect patterns of behavior

But these approaches aren’t mutually exclusive, and many therapists enlist a hybrid approach to treatment. 

What Is the Major Goal of Family Therapy?

Each family member might have a different goal for family therapy, which is why treatment plans should be highly individualized, as they are at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA. One of a therapist’s jobs might be to help loved ones identify and synthesize their goals. Common therapy objectives include the following: 

  • To heal or reconcile
  • To improve communication
  • To reduce conflict and tension
  • To forgive, or ask for forgiveness
  • To establish healthy boundaries
  • To manage anger, anxiety, depression, and other distressing emotions
  • To build mutual trust 
  • To explore misunderstandings 
  • To deal with specific external stressors

An LMFT might also recognize when someone in the family could benefit from individual therapy. This family member might be struggling with substance abuse or a mental health condition. The issue affects everyone, so family therapy is still indicated, but it’s also important for the person to receive the individual help they need, separately.

Restore Harmony with Family Therapy at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA

The idea of family therapy might be intimidating at first, but Thriveworks therapists are trained to put everyone at their ease and move at an emotional pace at which everyone can feel comfortable. Therapists can use icebreakers, games, and other exercises to help achieve successful communication within the session. 

At Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA—and at Thriveworks nationwide—all mental health providers are fully licensed. This means that providers can accept most major forms of health insurance. If a client is paying out of pocket, Thriveworks offers competitive self-pay rates. This all helps keep therapy affordable for more people who need it. 

Thriveworks clients can make an appointment today and be seen as early as tomorrow or the next day. Most new clients can see a premium therapist within 24-48 hours of their initial call. In addition, Thriveworks clients can reach out to their provider by phone or email between sessions.

The family therapists and other providers at Thriveworks in Huntington Beach, CA can meet with clients in-person for traditional therapy sessions at the office. They also offer online counseling sessions through secure, HIPAA-compliant telehealth software. Clients can choose whatever type of session best suits their schedules and comfort levels.

Call today to get the support that your family needs. We look forward to helping you!

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 Huntington Beach therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Huntington Beach shares an office with many other businesses, including Jason Cellars DDS & Robert Moretta DDS Cosmetic Dentistry, MeTime Massage, Koop Chiropractic, Priority One Bookkeeping, New Life Spirit Recovery Addiction Treatment Center, Kobra Design and Sea Cliff Dental. Next door is Fresh Face Society, and further down the road is First Option Auto Glass. We are right at the intersection of Florida Street and Professional Circle, and north of Professional Circle is Momma’s Chiro, CryoCareUSA, American Nursing Home, Around the Globe Travel, and South Coast Visa & Passport Service.

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(562) 330-4185

Languages spoken by CA providers

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