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1,016 people sought family therapy help in Missouri in the last year

Discover how starting therapy with a family can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Good news! We have 4 therapists in Missouri available for an online or in-person session.

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 Kansas City, MO 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 Kansas City, MO 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 Rose family from the popular TV series Schitt’s Creek are no strangers to highs and lows in their relationships. Mom and dad duo, Moira and Johnny, were strangers in their kids’ lives while they were growing up. Instead of parenting, they were off working and traveling. Meanwhile, sister Alexis and brother David were being raised by nannies. When the Rose family has everything taken from them, they are forced to build their relationships up and learn what it means to be a real family. 

Most families aren’t being uprooted and shipped off to a little town called Schitt’s Creek to fix their issues. It often takes the help of an unbiased, outside perspective to help you get through the tough times. Family therapists are highly trained and qualified mental health professionals who can help you improve communication, tackle past trauma, manage stressors, and more. 

“Sometimes it does work out and even though everything inside us is telling us to protect ourselves, one you’ve got it… don’t let it go.” – David Rose

Is your family struggling to get along, going through a major life change, having a hard time communicating effectively, dealing with a problem you can’t seem to fix? If you answered yes, you and your loved ones might benefit from the help of a family therapist. 

Working with a family therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Kansas City, MO is a smart choice. Our mental health professionals are dedicated to helping you tackle and move past the grievances standing between you and happier relationships. Call us or visit our online booking portal to schedule your first session. 

What Is Family Therapy All About? 

Family therapy is designed to help you tackle any friction that is going on in your family unit. Like in the questions we asked above, there are many different reasons why families choose to go to counseling. Family therapy is generally short-term, meaning that most clients will finish in as little as nine sessions. 

When first starting your treatment, your counselor will sit down and take every individual’s personal concerns and goals into consideration. By doing this, our therapists can better understand every aspect of your family and the problems you are experiencing. With the information they gather, they will create a unique treatment plan that is specific to you and your loved ones. 

The goal of family therapy is to work together to heal any mental, emotional, or psychological problems that are tearing your family apart. To accomplish this, a variety of methods and techniques may be used. Structural therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, traditional talk therapy, strategic therapy, narrative therapy, and play therapy are all examples. 

These will help you improve your communication skills, learn how to listen to one another better, improve compassion, and practice healthy problem-solving techniques. At Thriveworks in Kansas City, MO, we want to equip you with all the tools and skills you need to live in harmony. 

Is My Family the Right Fit for Therapy?

Are you and your loved ones the right fit for family therapy? This is a trick question. Here at Thriveworks, we believe that every family can benefit from counseling. Here is a list of common reasons why families seek our help at Thriveworks Counseling in Kansas City, MO: 

  • Sibling rivalry 
  • Financial strain and stress
  • Anger management 
  • Mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD
  • Coping with an illness or disability 
  • Significant life changes such as moving or starting a new job 
  • Poor communication skills
  • Parenting concerns or disagreements
  • Divorce and separation 
  • Military family stress 
  • And more

This is just a short list of reasons why you and your family might seek the help of a therapist. If what you’re going through wasn’t listed above, don’t worry. Your counselor can help you too. Our goal is to provide you with uplifting, unconditional support during this journey.

Schedule a Family Therapy Session at Thriveworks in Kansas City, MO

Need more convincing? Here at Thriveworks in Kansas City, we offer exceptional, client-focused care. All of our team members are dedicated to providing you with the help you’ve been searching for. Getting professional help is always a smart decision. There’s no need to put your mental health and relationships on the back burner. At Thriveworks, you can experience: 

  • Online counseling options
  • Evening and weekend appointments 
  • No waitlist 
  • Exclusive video content 
  • Text support via our success navigator 
  • And more! 

Accessible mental health care is crucial, especially when you’re looking for help now. When you call to schedule your appointment, you can be seen as soon as tomorrow. When you’re ready, give our office a call.

You and your loved ones deserve to thrive. Let us guide the way. 

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 Kansas City therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Kansas City
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Kansas City reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Shanna is a fabulous counselor. She is personable, caring, down to earth and she has a witty sense of humor. Her patience and warmth empowers her clients to reach their potential.
Read more Shanna is a fabulous counselor. She is personable, caring, down to earth and she has a witty sense of humor. Her patience and warmth empowers her clients to reach their potential.
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Shanna is a consummate professional and a great therapist. She has great insightful , empathetic, gentle, yet firm. She provides practical application, resources and tools needed to become the best version of oneself. She displays a tough love approach and understands areas to work on. She is always prepared, very detailed oriented, responsive and cares about the client journey. and patient. She seems empathetic and kind, but also clear and firm. Her sessions always end with actionable goals and she is willing to move the session toward relevant concerns if need be
Read more Shanna is a consummate professional and a great therapist. She has great insightful , empathetic, gentle, yet firm. She provides practical application, resources and tools needed to become the best version of oneself. She displays a tough love approach and understands areas to work on. She is always prepared, very detailed oriented, responsive and cares about the client journey. and patient. She seems empathetic and kind, but also clear and firm. Her sessions always end with actionable goals and she is willing to move the session toward relevant concerns if need be
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Had a very sympathetic but direct counselor who was tremendous. She helped me see patterns in my own behavior that should change is response to situations that had led to my depression previously. Very compassionate and helpful.
Read more Had a very sympathetic but direct counselor who was tremendous. She helped me see patterns in my own behavior that should change is response to situations that had led to my depression previously. Very compassionate and helpful.
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Shanna is caring and compassionate with excellent communication skills. She is easy to talk with and values genuine rapport and an individual approach. Her years of experience with a variety of clients make her a great choice as a counselor!
Read more Shanna is caring and compassionate with excellent communication skills. She is easy to talk with and values genuine rapport and an individual approach. Her years of experience with a variety of clients make her a great choice as a counselor!
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
I worked with Shanna as a colleague for many years. I've noted that people are drawn to her because she is so open and easy to talk to. One of her greatest motivations in life is helping others. She has the ability to lift others up with kindness and support. Shanna is very professional and insightful and I wouldn't hesitate to ask for her help.
Read more I worked with Shanna as a colleague for many years. I've noted that people are drawn to her because she is so open and easy to talk to. One of her greatest motivations in life is helping others. She has the ability to lift others up with kindness and support. Shanna is very professional and insightful and I wouldn't hesitate to ask for her help.
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Julia is an amazing therapist. She is professional as well as personable. Julia works hard to enure the individual needs of each client are met. I highly recommend her.
Read more Julia is an amazing therapist. She is professional as well as personable. Julia works hard to enure the individual needs of each client are met. I highly recommend her.
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
I worked with Julia for two years at a community mental health center. Julia was a great colleague and mental health provider for the clients we served! She was empathetic and compassionate. She possesses a client centered and trauma informed approach with the people she works with!
Read more I worked with Julia for two years at a community mental health center. Julia was a great colleague and mental health provider for the clients we served! She was empathetic and compassionate. She possesses a client centered and trauma informed approach with the people she works with!
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Julia and I were work colleagues. I found her to be very knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend her!
Read more Julia and I were work colleagues. I found her to be very knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend her!
Kansas City Dec 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Kansas City is located at 4010 Washington St, 2nd Fl-STE 201, Kansas City, MO 64111, near West 40th Street.

Phone number

(816) 722-2967

Languages spoken by MO providers

  • English
  • Japanese
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