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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 Norman, OK 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 Norman, OK 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 psychotherapist Virginia Satir described the family as a “microcosm of the world. “To understand the world,” she stated, “we can study the family.” What did she mean by that? Within family bonds, people can become familiar with all the elements that shape how we engage in the world for our entire lives. Within our personal family dynamics we can learn about hierarchies, roles in relationships, independence, interdependence, communication, support, and much more. Those formative relationships are incredibly powerful. Satir went on to say, “To change the world is to change the family.”

The licensed family therapists at Thriveworks in Norman, OK have the skills, compassion, and psychological insights to help families navigate issues both major and minor. Behavioral problems, mental health conditions, addiction, and external realities like finances can all have an outsized impact on people who are so emotionally interconnected. Sometimes it takes a mental health professional to facilitate communication and help find solutions to complex family issues. And that’s the purpose of family therapy at Thriveworks.

How Does Family Therapy Work?

Every family arrives for therapy sessions at Thriveworks in Norman, OK for different reasons, ranging from the seemingly trivial (i.e., “My son won’t take out the trash”) to the acute (i.e., “My son won’t talk to me”). But guess what? It’s usually all connected. Small things can sometimes indicate bigger problems, and sometimes bigger problems can have small solutions. But it can take an expert to identify these dynamics. 

When you and your family members arrive for family therapy, your counselor will probably ask each of you individually what your goals are for the sessions. Family members often state that they’re looking for variations of the following:

  • To reduce tension 
  • To increase trust
  • To forgive someone or ask someone for forgiveness
  • To reinforce their family’s strengths
  • To improve communication
  • To reduce misunderstandings
  • To be heard 
  • To be appreciated 
  • To make healthy boundaries
  • To identify emotional triggers
  • To heal estrangements 
  • To undo grudges

A family therapist’s goal isn’t to assign blame or take sides. They’re skilled at gaining insights into an issue from each person’s perspective, and seeking solutions that everyone can agree on. And because family therapy is usually so solution-focused, issues typically get resolved in fewer than 12 sessions.

Family Therapy Techniques and Approaches

Depending on your therapist’s psychotherapy approach, they may use a wide variety of techniques to uncover truths in the family and get everyone to open up emotionally. Thriveworks family therapists in Norman, OK may use enlightening icebreaker questions and exercises to get to know everyone and find out their point of view. A therapist’s approach may be informed by the following modalities:

  • Bowenian family therapy is built on triangulation and differentiation.
  • Structural family therapy focuses on tweaking the family system so a proper parent/child structure is in place and everyone has appropriate boundaries. 
  • Systemic family therapy explores unconscious communication and typically requires a therapist to be more distant.
  • Strategic family therapy has a more involved, powerful therapist who may assign tasks like homework. 

How to Decide If Family Therapy Is Right for You

If the harmony in your family feels disturbed in a way you can’t seem to control, or perhaps you never had harmony to begin with, then family therapy at Thriveworks in Norman, OK may prove hugely beneficial to you and your loved ones. Family therapy can also give parents and children the psychological resources they need to strengthen family relationships in the long-term and build more resiliency for any future setbacks. 

Family therapy can teach coping strategies and help children attain a sense of healthy independence without sacrificing family bonds and structure. Anyone can benefit from family therapy, whether you’re a traditional nuclear family, a multigenerational family, an LGBTQ family, or anything else. The family therapists at Thriveworks in Norman, OK are here to help you flourish. 

Work with an Exceptional Family Therapist at Thriveworks in Norman, OK

The exceptional family therapists at Thriveworks in Norman, OK can meet with clients online or in-person, depending on their comfort levels and what’s convenient. Busy family members may find that virtual therapy sessions work best, so everyone doesn’t have to be in the same place at the same time. Everyone just needs a good internet connection to enable Thriveworks’ secure telehealth software. Many families also worry about whether therapy is affordable, or whether another financial burden will just add to a family’s stress levels. Because all the mental health providers at Thriveworks in Norman, OK (and nationwide) are fully licensed, they accept most health insurance plans. This can greatly reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket expenses. 

Finally, our family therapists pride themselves on quick appointment scheduling, and our office staff can usually fit you into a therapist’s calendar within 24-48 hours of your initial call. 

Call today to schedule your first family therapy appointment and find out what makes Thriveworks counselors so exceptional. We look forward to hearing from you

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 Norman therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma | BCBS Blue Choice PPO

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma | BCBS Blue Traditional HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma | BCBS Blue Advantage PPO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma | BCBS Blue Preferred PPO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma | BCBS Native Blue HMO

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Getting here

Thriveworks in Norman, OK is located off Washington Drive in a complex of office buildings. We currently share our building with The Work Bar and are next door to Inspira Therapeutic Massage.

Phone number

(405) 407-0784

Languages spoken by OK providers

  • English
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