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Andrew Coyle

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What is your go-to approach for family therapy?

The therapy approach I use for helping families is Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy. This focuses on exploring the impacts of the parenting style, home setting, and community to help support positive growth in a child and relationships they have.

What tools do you teach in family therapy?

I assist families in building the following skills to meet their treatment goals in family therapy:

  • Communication skill: Promotes appropriate verbalization and reception of needs before they become larger issues
  • Emotional regulation techniques: To better manage physical symptoms of emotions to promote values-based action as opposed to emotional reactive behaviors
  • Cognitive coping skills: To assist with managing automatic thoughts that impact our emotions and to process core beliefs that impact our perception of the world we interact with
  • Acceptance: Working with clients to identify what is outside of their control in the moment and working to shift focus to action on things that they can control
  • Mindfulness: Supports a client to be better grounded in the present moment, build observation skills of a client's internal and external experience, and moving past their judgements to see things and situations as they are

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in family therapy?

I know clients are making progress in therapy when they are less often moving away for uncomfortable situation and emotions and are more often moving towards their values and goals through action. Clients are typically utilizing the skills learned in therapy outside of the therapy office to increase the likelihood these values based actions. Clients also tend to demonstrate a greater level of insight into their emotions and report a decreased impact of these emotions on their decision making.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement family therapy?

To supplement therapy, clients can practice and implement the skills learned in therapy in their day to day lives. It is also important to engage in preventative strategies, such as a regular sleep scheduled, healthy diet, appropriate work life balance, engagement with positive social support, and hobbies, as they can improve our overall emotional well-being throughout the day. While these are not possible all the time, the more we engage with them, the more benefits we receive from that action.

What should someone do to prepare for starting family therapy?

To prepare for their first family therapy session, all an individual needs to bring with them is an attitude that is honest, open to alternative perspective, and a willingness to try the interventions suggested in the session. It also can be helpful to have a general idea of what the client's goals for therapy may be. The client should be prepared to answer some general questions about themselves to give the therapist a clearer picture of who they are.

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 Media, PA 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 Media, PA 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?

Families are systems where each person’s life is interwoven together with every other family member’s life, for good or for bad. When family units work together in harmony, each person contributes something of value and receives what they need. But everyone knows that families do not always function this harmoniously. At some point in life, every family will face an on-going challenge or crisis that will throw them out of tune.

Possibly no communication or lack of communication has resulted in distant relationships. Maybe you and your spouse cannot agree on parenting styles, and your children are receiving mixed message. Possibly one member’s anxiety or depression is affecting the whole family. Maybe an unhealthy family pattern is happening over and over again.

Working for healthy connections within a family unit is challenging but so often worth people’s time and effort. Because the family is a system, individual family members usually benefit when the family as a whole pursues health. Family therapy has helped many families find a rhythm that works for them.

Each family has unique problems. Thriveworks Media knows that while the details vary from situation to situation, the fact that families will face challenges is universal. That is why we offer family therapy. We love seeing families grow closer as they solve life’s problems together.

How Does Family Therapy Work?

Family therapy’s main idea is that understanding an individual person involves understanding their family. Families have significant influence over a person, shaping identity, beliefs, and behaviors. Whether a person is trying to live up to the family’s expectation or reacting to the family’s expectation, family context is important. Family members are interdependent, and what affects on person often affects multiple people in the family.

When families face a challenge, helping the family as a unit respond in a healthy way may greatly benefit the individual family members.

What is your family facing right now? Is there a crisis or challenge that is taking its toll on multiple people? If yes, family therapy may be able to help your family grow closer as they solve the problem together. Here are a few reasons clients at Thriveworks Media have chosen to pursue family therapy:

  1. Over-bearing parenting and disobedient children.
  2. Overly-indulgent parenting and uncontrollable children.
  3. A marriage relationship that lacks intimacy.
  4. Hormonal fluctuations within a parent or teen that may be causing or exacerbating conflict.
  5. Unequally distributed care/interaction for a special-needs family member.
  6. A family member (or members) with unmet needs.
  7. A mental illness diagnosis within the family.
  8. Deficient/no premarital counseling and/or marriage maintenance therapy.
  9. Strain/tension in family relationships.
  10. Crises as a sudden job loss, family death, or loss of home.

Therapy for families cannot magically fix these problems. There is no easy solution for better relationships, but when each member is willing to contribute, therapy may help families be able to work together and overcome these challenges. Many families have broken harmful pattern and learned how to connect in healthy ways.

To achieve these goals, therapy may examine each individual’s personality type, love language, and/or birth order. A skilled therapist may craft exercises that allow families to respect each other’s gifts and needs.

Healthier families usually experience the benefit of their hard work. Stronger families often have …

  • Fewer cases of abuse and neglect
  • Less anxiety and depression-related conditions
  • Better coping skills for handling adversity and stress
  • Improved attachment with the potential for children to learn healthy relational skills
  • Reduced risk of poverty with an increased potential for income as shared earners

Setting Up Family Therapy at Thriveworks Media, PA

Thriveworks Media, PA offers family therapy that can address the foundational causes of a family’s challenge. Our therapists care about their clients and want to see families identify the problem, find workable solutions, and adjust appropriately. We understand that …

  • Listening, empathy, and kindness go a long way to help families connect.
  • The problem is the problem—not the individual seeking help and raising the concern.
  • Each person in the family needs a voice.
  • Every situation has the potential to bring families closer together.

Is your family facing a difficult time? Do you want to grow together through the challenge? If you want a more balanced home life, know that Thriveworks Media has appointments for family therapy available.

We want our clients to receive the care they deserve, even from the first time they call for an appointment. When you call Thriveworks Media, PA a person will answer and set up your therapy. We offer convenient session times, and accept many forms of insurance. Many first-time clients see their therapist within 24 hours of their first call.

Is your family ready for some support? Call Thriveworks today.

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 Media therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Amerihealth Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

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Self-pay costs at Media
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

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★★★★★
Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
Read more Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Media is located off of N Jackson St, and our building is in the center of Cooper St., W 6th St., W 7th St., and N Jackson St.

Phone number

(610) 557-1991

Languages spoken by PA providers

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