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21,056 people sought family therapy help in Texas in the last year

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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 Little Elm, TX 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 Little Elm, TX 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 Robert J. Waldinger stated, “It’s the quality of your relationships that matters.” Someone can have 10 brothers and sisters, but still not feel like part of a family. Someone can be adopted in their teens and feel loved unconditionally. You can’t judge families by how big they are or what the blood relationships are. Perhaps you can only define family by quality. Similar values, mutual love and trust, having each other’s backs. These elements can be integral parts of successful family systems. 

But what happens when family harmony breaks down? Sometimes a presumptive family leader like a parent tries to repair the damage, but they’re just too emotionally close to the situation. Sometimes the usual solutions don’t work. Sometimes an issue feels overwhelming or insurmountable. In these cases and others, a family therapist can help. 

The licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX have extensive experience and training in family therapy modalities that can help couples and family members solve their problems with love, dignity, and values intact. A family therapy treatment plan is usually short term, not long term, and can be successfully completed in fewer than 12 sessions. 

What Are the Indications for Family Therapy? 

People often come to family therapy at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX because they’re dealing with a specific issue or stressor at home. These issues might include the following:

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

If one person in the family is suffering from a psychological or behavioral health condition, it can affect the whole family. As the saying goes, a family can only be as happy as its least happy member. A family therapist might be able to identify areas where one family member could benefit from individual counseling or social work. 

The Goals and Benefits of Family Therapy

The goals for marriage and family therapy can differ from family to family. Some common goals that mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX may encounter 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, and other emotions
  • To build or rebuild trust in each other
  • To explore the origins of misunderstandings 
  • To deal with specific external stressors

Lessons related to these goals can serve family members for their entire lives.

How Does a Family Counseling Session Work?

A family counseling session works by first gathering everyone in the same room. (Though keep in mind that the room can be virtual these days. Thriveworks LMFTs offer online counseling sessions to families as well as traditional in-person sessions). Then the therapist, acting as a facilitator in this safe space, uses their communication skills to encourage each family member to talk about their goals for therapy. Depending on the ages and comfort levels of everyone involved, a therapist might use icebreaker exercises or games to put everyone at their ease. For example, one popular activity is called the miracle question. This is when the therapist goes around and asks every family member what they would wish for if they could wake up tomorrow and witness a miracle. Peoples’ answers can help a therapist understand what everyone values and dreams of achieving in their family. 

One thing a family therapist doesn’t do is assign blame. LMFTs at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX are responsible for finding new ways that everyone can work together and find solutions to their problems. They can also foster compassion between family members by helping them see each other’s points of view. 

Reinforce Your Bonds with Family Therapy at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX

The licensed family therapists at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX accept most major forms of health insurance coverage. If a family is paying out-of-pocket, Thriveworks offers competitive self-pay rates. This all helps enable access to critical mental health services for the people who need them. 

Thriveworks family therapy can enhance the quality of your family bonds in myriad ways. All you have to do is call the office to get started. Our high-touch staff can help match you to a licensed counselor. If you call today, you and your loved ones may be able to meet with your exceptional therapist as early as tomorrow or the next day. Additionally, you can access your provider by phone or email between sessions. 

Thriveworks providers are recruited from the top 4% of applicants, ensuring that clients get premium care at the best possible rates. We look forward to helping you and your family!

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Little Elm therapists and counselors accept 39 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Exchange

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

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Getting here

Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX is located in the same building as Thy Spa & Wellness, The Barber Experience, Mark Ray MD Dermatology, Premier Wellness Clinics, and Minifig Market, as well as many other businesses. Craft Pies Pizza Company is also nearby, as well as Kroger, Aldi, Hat Creek Burger Company, and SOI Brow Threading. El Dorado Parkway is also near our location.

Phone number

(972) 362-9713

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