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Stacey Gray

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What is your go-to approach for family therapy?

My approach for helping people in family therapy is to help them recognize that the family unit is the client and that my goals are focused primarily on addressing the system as a whole instead of one particular individual.

What tools do you teach in family therapy?

When working with families in therapy I use approaches that focus on communication strategies as well as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to help improve thoughts and behaviors that have become factors in negative family dynamics.

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

I can begin to observe improvements in relationship dynamics within the family when there is improved communication, as everyone starts gaining an understanding of each family member's feelings and perspectives as well as having more examples of positive interactions within the family unit being brought to sessions.

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

When working with clients in family therapy, I suggest that the family members intentionally plan activities that encourage improved connection, family bonding time as well as situations where they can practice healthy communication strategies.

What should someone do to prepare for starting family therapy?

To prepare for their first family therapy session, I suggest an individual be able to identify specific goals they feel the family needs to work on as well as how the current dynamics are causing difficulty for the family unit.The client should note that when entering family therapy, the goal is to help the family as a whole and is not focused on one particular individual.

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 Nottingham, MD 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 Nottingham, MD 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?

From the moment you are born, you start to build relationships with your family that can affect you for the rest of your life. You spend years with your family, up close and personal. While some have fond memories of their childhood and growing up, others have a more difficult time. While your best friend’s parents were married, going on family vacations together, and prioritizing family game nights, your family might have been a little rockier. Instead, maybe your parents divorced, your mom struggled financially, and your dad wasn’t absent, but wasn’t in the picture either. Our actions and attitudes can have a negative effect on our families, just as theirs can affect you too. When there are messy and complicated feelings associated with those who are supposed to be closest to us, it can feel impossible to come back from.

The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light.” – Unknown

Family therapy can be the best approach to building stronger relationships with your family. Luckily, help is readily available at Thriveworks Counseling in Nottingham. Licensed marriage and family therapists are highly trained in helping with the issues and challenges that come up between family members. If you are starting to feel burnt out because of an issue you are facing with your family, consider reaching out and working with one of our family therapists. You and your loved ones can get to a happier, healthier place together. Just give us a call to get started.

Why Would a Family Need Family Therapy?

Have you ever argued with a sibling to the point where you don’t even want to speak to each other anymore? Do you feel like every time you talk to your parents about something you want to do, they put you down and make you feel stupid? Are you and your spouse going through a divorce that is negatively affecting your kids? Is your aunt struggling with substance abuse and you’ve had to take on a motherly role for your cousins?

There are many reasons why you and your relatives might be struggling to see eye to eye. Maybe you’ve tried everything, but it just seems to get worse. You might be scared for the future. Here is just a short list of some of the reasons why families come to therapy at Thriveworks:

  • Poor communication
  • Parenting issues
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Addiction and substance abuse
  • Aggression and stress management
  • Marital issues
  • Mental health concerns
  • Troubling adolescents
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Major life changes
  • Trouble coping with a physical illness

This list could go on. If your specific concern was not listed, don’t worry. Our family therapists in White Marsh have the training and expertise to work with you and your loved ones through a myriad of problems.

How Does Family Therapy Work?

Starting therapy can seem daunting, especially when you’ve never been before. However, it’s much easier and more stress-free than you’d think. Here at Thriveworks Counseling in Nottingham, our therapists dedicate themselves to providing each of their clients with a safe and comfortable environment that promotes healthy communication. Your family therapist will act as a guide through the challenges and communication issues you and your loved ones are having. To do so, they will first assess each individual family member involved. Doing so gives them an inside look into where the weak spots are in your relationships. In turn, your therapist will create a unique treatment plan that is centered around your family’s needs and goals.

Through family therapy, you can expect to:

  1. Improve communication skills
  2. Learn effective problem-solving techniques
  3. Learn how to control anger and stress
  4. Practice active listening
  5. Build mutual trust and understanding
  6. Establish familial roles
  7. Find peace

Family therapy is often short-term meaning that you could be finished in as little as nine sessions. This doesn’t mean that if you need more than nine sessions something bigger is wrong. However long it takes your family unit to make progress is how long we’ll work with you. In addition, your family therapy sessions can vary depending on who is in attendance and the topics being discussed. A variety of methods and techniques will be utilized to assist you in making meaningful progress.

Ready to Get Started? Give Thriveworks Counseling in Nottingham, MD a Call

Pursuing therapy is not always an easy choice, especially when it involves other people. However, the progress and benefits you’ll gain will be well worth it. If you’re ready to work with a family therapist at our office, simply visit our online booking portal or give us a call. One of our scheduling specialists will work with you to find an appointment time that best fits all of your schedules.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Nottingham therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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I tried to call billing; I missed an evening telehealth appointment because of a widespread power outage from the massive storms of 1/9/2024. Offshore personnel had no idea what I was talking about; they said they were in the Phillippines, and in addition the language barrier was quite severe. Health professionals here are wonderful to work with; however, technical or financial issues are difficult to straighten out. I gave up and will just deal with the treating persons here.
Read more I tried to call billing; I missed an evening telehealth appointment because of a widespread power outage from the massive storms of 1/9/2024. Offshore personnel had no idea what I was talking about; they said they were in the Phillippines, and in addition the language barrier was quite severe. Health professionals here are wonderful to work with; however, technical or financial issues are difficult to straighten out. I gave up and will just deal with the treating persons here.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Nottingham is off of Belair Road and Blakely Avenue. We share a space with Driscoll Tax Group and are down the road from Wells Fargo and Chick-fil-A.

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(410) 862-4262

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