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 Littleton, CO 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 Littleton, CO 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?
If this was a perfect world there would be no need for family counselors and family therapists. But alas, the world is flawed and so are families and their dynamics. Most homes experience some degree of hurt and upset over the years, but these are usually things the family can get over on their own. Sadly, not all problems go away by themselves. Depending on the issues and those dealing with them, difficulties can sometimes grow over time and become worse.
For example, sibling rivalry is normal but persistent signs of aggression and hate between the kids are anything but normal. There are times when parents lose control too and become a part of the problem instead of the solution. When continual upheaval disrupts the harmony in a home it’s a good time to seek the services of a family counselor or family therapist. The licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) and other family relationship experts at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO can address everything from the most acute issues to the most subtle.
When Should a Family Seek Therapy?
No one can tell a family when they need therapy. This is something that they and they alone must decide on. Good questions to ask yourself are these: Have we exhausted all of our attempts to solve an issue? Have we failed to make any progress without outside, professional support? If the answer is yes and the situations are getting worse–or at least not improving–then you might want to explore the benefits of family counseling. A qualified counsellor can help families cope with issues like:
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids and adults
- Anxiety issues
- Depression issues
- Personality disorders
- Substance abuse
- Eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia
- Long-term debilitating illness
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Grief and loss
- Life transitions
- Blended family issues
More often than not there are solutions to problems. But family members may have blindspots when it comes to seeing them, which is where a qualified family therapist can come to the rescue.
What Do Family Therapists Do?
At Thriveworks in Littleton, CO, our fully qualified family counselors work to do the following, and much more:
- Help the family break down any communication barriers
- Help to resolve any differences using calm and systematic practices
- Offer ways for the family to support each other through troubled times
- Show the family how to reduce conflict and quarrels and grow stronger as a consequence
Reconnect with Your Family Through Counseling at Thriveworks in Littleton, CO
You can discover what options might be available to you and your loved ones by calling Thriveworks in Littleton, CO today. Our psychologists, counselors, social workers, therapists, and other mental health professionals are all fully licensed and fully qualified to provide compassionate, expert care. And they can meet with new clients quickly–often within 24-48 hours. They also accept most forms of health insurance coverage. Call the Thriveworks office today to get started. We look forward to helping your family grow and flourish.