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 Lynchburg, VA 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 Lynchburg, VA 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 family unit is an important part of our culture. In many ways, it defines us. We work hard to provide for our children. We plan for the future. We do our best to care for the needs of each family member. Although ours roles and family dynamics have changed throughout the years, the goals have stayed the same. What was important to the family 50 years ago is still important today. We desire happiness, quality time together, life-long bonds, and leaving a lasting legacy.
So what happens when life throws an unexpected curveball? How do we recover when we experience loss and find ourselves ambushed by grief? What do we do when we’re faced with challenges that threaten to shake our families to the core?
Two things are true for all families: 1) Every family will experience change, and 2) How it responds to change will determine its ability maintain healthy and lasting bonds.
Family dynamics can change in the blink of an eye, creating ripple effects that reach farther than we could anticipate. Sudden disruptions can leave us blindsided and confused and can include the following:
- The death of a family member
- The loss of a job
- An accident resulting in permanent injury or disability
- Financial crisis
- Loss of a home
Subtle disruptions can appear slowly over time, sometimes at no fault of our own. By the time we attempt to address them, they’ve taken root in the family system and are nearly impossible to control without professional support. These include:
- A physical illness, such as Alzheimer’s disease
- Mental illness
- Domestic abuse
No one ever set out to have a dysfunctional family, but we often find ourselves in difficult circumstances and ask, “How did we get here?”
You’re not alone. Your family is worth saving. You can get back on track.
Thriveworks Lynchburg Counseling is here to help. We have a team of family therapists and psychologists who are ready to help your family begin the healing process. They are available nights and weekends so that you can find a time that works best for your family. Plus, they take most major insurance plans. The cost may be far less than you think.
Do you have family members who live out of state? Not a problem. We offer phone and online counseling to make it possible for every family member to get the support they need.
Nothing is more important that caring for the needs of your family. At Thriveworks Lynchburg Counseling, we firmly believe this – and we believe in your family. No matter how large of a family you have, or what you’ve experienced, we are here to help your family heal from the past and strengthen for the future.
Don’t let another moment pass by. Call to schedule your appointment today (434) 528-3263.