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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 Lakewood, OH 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 Lakewood, OH 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?

There’s a reason everyone likes to quote Leo Tolstoy’s opening lines from Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” We tend to be able to identify the elements that make up a happy family. Everyone feels secure and loved. Everyone feels like they’re part of a special tribe, but also their own person.

But when it comes to what’s going wrong within your own family, we can sometimes have glaring blind spots. For instance, you may know that when your daughter uses a certain tone of voice, you feel disrespected. But why? And how can you explain it to her without her getting defensive? Or you may feel like your husband doesn’t take enough initiative when it comes to domestic chores or personal finances. But you don’t know how to bring up the subject without sounding like a nag. So what do you do when you’re stuck in the same communication or behavior patterns with your family and you feel like your intimate bonds are weakening rather than getting stronger? This might be an ideal time for family therapy.

A family therapist at Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH is a mental health expert who specializes in understanding how families—and the individuals within families—can function during both happy and unhappy times. A family therapist can identify patterns that might be unhealthy or dysfunctional, and encourage things that are working. These relationship counselors can sort through your family baggage and help you reconnect emotionally. And they can usually do it in 12 sessions or fewer because family therapy is typically targeted, short-term, and solution-focused.

How Family Therapy Can Help

Family therapy can teach you practical ways to improve your communication skills. This is useful not only within your family, but in the wider interpersonal world as well. One of the top-rated, licensed family therapists at Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH can help cultivate your and your family members’ ability to:

  • Practice empathy for others
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Manage your anger
  • Listen to each other
  • Use neutral language or “I” statements
  • Nurture a supportive home environment
  • Establish healthy boundaries
  • Recognize the signs of a problem
  • Address underlying maladaptive feelings and behaviors
  • Build trus

Not every family needs the same results from a family therapist, but common denominators probably include increased trust, honesty, and emotional security for all members. Thriveworks family therapists can help you achieve those relationship goals.

Common Indicators That It Might Be Time to See a Family Therapist

Though every family is different, certain issues can be red or yellow flags that might indicate a family could benefit from attending counseling together. Consider scheduling an appointment with a family therapist at Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH if you notice the presence of any of these elements in your household:

  • Anger management issues
  • Physical or emotional abuse
  • Psychological disorders like depression or anxiety
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Bullying at school or home
  • Bedwetting or frequent nightmares
  • Chronic illness
  • A family member with special needs
  • Eating disorders

Remember that one member’s individual problems can affect the family unit as a whole. Family dynamics are very sensitive. People act out in all kinds of ways when they witness pain or conflict. For instance, just because your husband and children aren’t clinically depressed like you, that doesn’t mean they’re not suffering from your depression. It can help to talk about their—and your—feelings in the safe space of a family counseling session at Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH.

5 Types of Family Therapy

The five common modalities of family therapy aren’t mutually exclusive. Some marriage and family therapists (MFTs) employ a fusion of different types, depending on what works best for you and your loved ones. Here are the five main modalities:

  • Structural therapy, which looks at the roles everyone plays in the family
  • Milan therapy, which sees the body as a system guided by natural behavior
  • Strategic therapy, which examines and redirects patterns of behavior
  • Narrative therapy, which emphasizes individual experiences
  • Transgenerational therapy, which assesses relationship conflicts from a generational standpoint

Schedule Your First Session with a Family Therapist at Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH

You can schedule your first session with a Thriveworks family therapist in Lakewood, OH now, and be seeing a counselor as soon as tomorrow. Thriveworks can schedule appointments in as little as 24-48 hours. We also offer benefits like the ability to contact your counselor via email or phone between sessions, and a flexible cancellation policy. You can even schedule online therapy sessions if it’s more convenient for all your family members to meet up virtually.

It’s always a great time to start working on strengthening your family bonds with the help of a Thriveworks mental health provider in Lakewood, OH. We look forward to helping you and your loved ones.

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 Lakewood therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • HealthSmart Accel

  • HealthSmart PPO

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Lakewood is near Salmon Dave’s, off of Detroit and Lake Road. There is also an Einstein Bros Bagels near our office.

Phone number

(216) 238-3622

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