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2,701 people sought family therapy help in Connecticut in the last year

Discover how starting family therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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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 New Haven, CT 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 New Haven, CT 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?

Your sister will not help you with your dad who just got out of surgery. Your mom is tired and overwhelmed with your dad’s health and she starts arguing with you over little things. Now your son is calling you to let you know that he’s mad that his brother took his favorite video game with him when he went back to college. Your husband is working 60 hours a week and can’t help you with chores around the house. It feels like nothing can go right and you are tired of being the family mediator.

Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of just cause, the triumph of truth. –Menacheim Begin

If you can relate to any of the chaos above, just know that every family goes through ups and downs. Sometimes to get to a better flow of being, it takes the help of an outsider. Family therapy can offer the support and guidance you need to jump over hurdles, learn how to communicate better, and love harder. Thriveworks Counseling has a team of licensed family therapists in our New Haven, CT office who enjoy helping families get the help they need. They also have the tools you need to come together and gain control of balance once again. If you are ready to get you and your family some individualized help, reach out to our office today (203) 586-4264.

Why Start Family Therapy?

Is there a lot going on in your family right now? Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to talk about your feelings? Are another family member’s actions hurting the whole family unit? Take a moment to consider these questions and reflect on what may be going on in your life. If you feel like there is something that you all could benefit from learning, changing, or moving on from, consider working with a family therapist. Here are a few examples of why clients have started seeking help at Thriveworks Counseling:

  1. Overbearing parenting that has resulted in rebellious, unruly children
  2. Particular hard times such as losing a job, moving to a new state, or missing out on an opportunity
  3. Tension or hostility among family members
  4. Hormonal changes in a teenager that may contribute to tension in the home
  5. Marriage conflicts such as infidelity, lack of trust, or intimacy problems
  6. Family members with unmet needs
  7. Taking on the burden of caring for a sick, elderly, or disabled family member without divvying up the work
  8. Neglect, addiction, or abuse with a member of the family
  9. Behavioral disorders like ADHD
  10. Eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and more

There is no right or wrong way to rekindle the peace inside of your home. Although there isn’t a “quick-fix” for any of the above problems or something else you may be facing, a licensed family therapist can help you start with a little extra help, support, and guidance.

What is Family Therapy Like?

Once you and your family decide to pursue family therapy, you may have some questions on what to expect. Family therapy is designed to include all family members during the sessions when possible. Your family counselor will listen to the wants, needs, and concerns of each family member in the family unit. In order to fix the unit as a whole, we need to understand what’s going wrong and where. They will want to identify any physical, emotional, or psychological issues that anyone is experiencing such as addiction, behavioral disorders, or mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. The cause of some of the conflict in your home could be directly related to one of these concerns.

Because there are so many reasons why you may be interested in seeking professional help, your therapist will craft a unique plan of action that is specific to you and your loved ones. Together, you will learn how to work together, resolve issues, and communicate more effectively. For example:

  • You can learn how to better express to your sister why it upsets you that she hasn’t helped out with your sick did. You might also learn that your sister is dealing with other issues in her personal life and that’s why she’s been absent.
  • Your mom can learn how to manage her stress and properly ask for help when she needs it.
  • You and your husband can learn compromising techniques to implement with your sons who bicker. They may even work out some of their unresolved issues during therapy as well.
  • Lastly, you and your husband can work out a plan of action when it comes to upkeep with the house. Your therapist can help you express why you’d like your husband to take a small step back from work to help out more at home.

If you feel like your family could benefit from working with a family therapist, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in New Haven, CT today.

Help for Families at Thriveworks Counseling in New Haven, CT

When you are ready to start making change, call to schedule an appointment with one of our caring family therapists at (203) 586-4264. When you schedule an appointment with us, you will be connected with a scheduling specialist who can help you find the best time and date for you and your family. We understand how hard it can be to get everyone together and over to an appointment. That’s why we also offer online counseling. Whatever method you choose, just know that we are here and ready to help you thrive.

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 New Haven therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Connecticut | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Self-pay costs at New Haven
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

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks New Haven reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I started seeing Cristina after I suffered a tremendous loss. She has been a light in my healing journey and I feel so lucky to have connected with her. I cannot recommend her enough and know that anyone who has the fortune of receiving her care is in great hands!!
Read more I started seeing Cristina after I suffered a tremendous loss. She has been a light in my healing journey and I feel so lucky to have connected with her. I cannot recommend her enough and know that anyone who has the fortune of receiving her care is in great hands!!
New Haven Apr 2022
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★★★★★
Cristina Perera is helping me in many ways to get out of my fears and insecurities in my life! I really will live appreciating her as a great therapist!!!
Read more Cristina Perera is helping me in many ways to get out of my fears and insecurities in my life! I really will live appreciating her as a great therapist!!!
New Haven Mar 2022
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★★★★★
Christina is one amazing counsler. She has helped tremendously with my marriage and business relationships.
Read more Christina is one amazing counsler. She has helped tremendously with my marriage and business relationships.
New Haven Mar 2022
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★★★★★
Overall, my experience with Thriveworks has been fantastic. My wife and both sought counseling after having some tough times, and Thriveworks quickly connected us with therapists that have had a positive impact on our lives. The continuing support has been invaluable. Getting insurance and payment info processed is also smooth and efficient. I would definitely recommend the service to anyone looking for help.
Read more Overall, my experience with Thriveworks has been fantastic. My wife and both sought counseling after having some tough times, and Thriveworks quickly connected us with therapists that have had a positive impact on our lives. The continuing support has been invaluable. Getting insurance and payment info processed is also smooth and efficient. I would definitely recommend the service to anyone looking for help.
New Haven Feb 2022
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★★★★★
My husband and I have been attending marriage counseling for a few months now and Christina has been great. She is so down to earth and really tries to understand us as a couple and individuals. Her style is unique and very hard to find.
Read more My husband and I have been attending marriage counseling for a few months now and Christina has been great. She is so down to earth and really tries to understand us as a couple and individuals. Her style is unique and very hard to find.
New Haven Feb 2022
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★★★★★
I’ve been in and out of therapy most of my life. I’ve worked with many different providers in people and doctors, and I have to say that I have found my match. Finally, after all these years, wonderful can’t say enough good things will continue to use the service for many years to come, or at least until I figure out all my own stuff.
Read more I’ve been in and out of therapy most of my life. I’ve worked with many different providers in people and doctors, and I have to say that I have found my match. Finally, after all these years, wonderful can’t say enough good things will continue to use the service for many years to come, or at least until I figure out all my own stuff.
New Haven Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Christina has been a blessing. She has a way of listening that helps you come to an understanding of the current situation on your own and doesn't push anything on you.
Read more Christina has been a blessing. She has a way of listening that helps you come to an understanding of the current situation on your own and doesn't push anything on you.
New Haven Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Carolnette Graham is a friend and a confidant and also one of the therapist at Thrive Counseling New Haven. She is a great listener, thoughtful, empathic, kind hearted, compassionate, sweet and warm. She gives some of the best advice. A2qfter a talk with her you will see immediate improvement in your situation because of how she takes her time to let you talk and then help you to figure out how you feel about the situation and what leads to you feeling that way. She is also friendly and full of energy. She is indeed a nice and helpful individual.
Read more Carolnette Graham is a friend and a confidant and also one of the therapist at Thrive Counseling New Haven. She is a great listener, thoughtful, empathic, kind hearted, compassionate, sweet and warm. She gives some of the best advice. A2qfter a talk with her you will see immediate improvement in your situation because of how she takes her time to let you talk and then help you to figure out how you feel about the situation and what leads to you feeling that way. She is also friendly and full of energy. She is indeed a nice and helpful individual.
New Haven Dec 2021
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry New Haven is located off of Sherman Ave, just east of Monitor Square and west of the Hospital of St Raphael. We're inside the Sherman Medical Building, along with Renal Research Institute New Haven Home Dialysis and Quest Diagnostics. The closest bus stop is George St and Sherman Ave. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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(203) 633-8772

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