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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 Iowa City, IA 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 Iowa City, IA 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?

We spend a lot of time with our families, and arguments can develop. Siblings can bicker over almost anything — what to watch on TV, who’s playing their music too loud, who didn’t do enough chores this week, and so on. Parents might argue about something as simple as what to do for dinner to something as serious as finances.

For a group of people who know each other very well and spend a lot of time together, disagreements aren’t surprising. Arguments and differences are entirely expected as a family grows and changes together. You live through it all with your family — life’s highs and lows.

But for some families, the negativity of life’s lows can start to outweigh the positivity of life’s highs. This might mean shouting matches nearly at the dinner table, ruined family vacations, and overall strain on your family’s relationships. We want you to know that support is available for families who are struggling — working with a family therapist or counselor can help.

Even the closest families go through difficult times. Working with a family therapist or counselor can help you find ways to navigate difficulties and grow closer. You might learn communication strategies and conflict resolution skills that can help your family navigate tricky territory together.

That’s why reaching out to one of our family therapists and counselors in Iowa City, IA, can help you. Our mental health professionals can offer you the expertise and third-party perspective you need to fix the problems your family is facing.

Is Therapy the Right Choice for My Family?

Your family might have been dealing with a problem for years, for so long that you’ve just become used to it. You might be dealing with a recent trauma or situation and need help navigating it. Family therapists and counselors can help families deal with a wide range of problems.

Family therapists and counselors can support families dealing with:

  • Divorce or separation
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Major life changes
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Financial stresses
  • Communication difficulties
  • Breakdown in respect and boundaries
  • Difficulty supporting a family member through mental illness or substance abuse
  • Infidelity
  • Grief following the loss of a loved one

Family therapy tends to be short-term, lasting around 12 sessions or so. However, sessions can be delivered on a long-term basis as needed if that would be best for your family. Our therapists and counselors in Iowa City, IA, are experts in family relationships and can provide you treatment at a pace that best suits your family’s needs.

Taking the first step and scheduling an appointment might feel intimidating. Our mental health professionals can create a comfortable, safe space for your family to discuss their issues and move forward. Call our office today or use our online scheduling tool to schedule your first appointment.

What To Expect From Family Therapy or Counseling

Family systems often involve a complicated web of individual thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that affect each family member. This can make working through conflict difficult, as every family member has their own motivations, needs, and desires that must be considered.

Family therapists and counselors can help solve problems in a way that helps everyone feel heard. To identify the specific issues and problems plaguing your family, your therapist will take the time to talk to each person to get the most holistic understanding of the situation and develop a personalized treatment plan with actionable goals.

Often, family members don’t realize how their conflicts have affected their thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. That’s why having a therapist or counselor who can help bring out these realities in an emotionally supportive environment can be so beneficial.

Going through this process can help foster a newfound closeness in your family and build long-term skills that you can take far beyond a specific conflict.

These skills might include:

  • Communication skills
  • Active listening
  • Empathy
  • Problem-solving strategies
  • Anger and stress management

Our team of mental health professionals from Thriveworks Counseling in Iowa City, IA, can help your family get through difficult times together. Consider calling our office today to set up your first appointment.

Work With a Thriveworks Family Therapist in Iowa City, IA

Consulting a professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Iowa City, IA, can help your family work through issues and grow closer together. Our mental health professionals can provide an experienced and neutral viewpoint to facilitate a calm family discussion without judgment or reprisal.

We accept many different insurance plans and offer affordable self-pay rates for our services. We also understand that coordinating sessions can be difficult for busy families. We offer daytime, evening, and weekend sessions to help you find time for care. You can meet with a provider in person or online, depending on your preferences.

Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Iowa City, IA, or use our convenient online scheduling tool to set up your first appointment. We can’t wait to hear from you soon.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Iowa City is located off Hwy 1 West between Mormon Trek Blvd and Westport Plz. Our office is located in the same parking lot as Proctor and Gamble, Napa Auto Parts and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

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(319) 600-6837

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