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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 Oakdale, MN 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 Oakdale, MN 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?

Throughout your life, you get to choose the friendships and intimate relationships you pursue. You may connect with others based on mutual interests, attraction, or by mere chance. On the other hand, you have little say in who is part of your family — even if you don’t get along, you’re still in it together for the long haul.

Families are composed of many different personalities, often under the same roof. You’re all unique individuals with your own personal preferences, goals, and life experiences. Sometimes, the things that make you different can create discord or cause you to grow apart. You may express your frustration by fighting, blaming, or avoiding each other, all the while widening the emotional gap between you.

While all family relationships have highs and lows, the low points don’t have to outweigh the good times. If your family needs guidance through a difficult or painful situation, or mediation to overcome a harsh disagreement, the mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Oakdale, MN have the skills and training to help you heal together and restore your bond. Connect with our team today to schedule an in-person or remote family therapy appointment.

When Is the Right Time for My Family To Seek Therapy?

Family counseling can help you and your loved ones work through a wide variety of obstacles. Whether you are having a hard time understanding each other or trying to tackle a major life challenge together, therapy can help you overcome your differences and face your specific issues as a cohesive family system.

There is no wrong time to seek family counseling — it’s not just for families who are facing severe issues. Stress or changes outside of your family can lead to a shift in your family members’ relationships and the way you interact with one another. Sometimes, families pursue counseling to strengthen or maintain healthy bonds and gain skills to keep their relationship healthy long term.

Some other common reasons families pursue family therapy include the following:

  • Difficulty communicating
  • Behavioral problems in children or sibling rivalry
  • Mental health issues or illness
  • Divorce or separation
  • Blending families
  • Trauma or abuse
  • Major life changes or transitions
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Changes in family dynamic due to death, childbirth, or marriage

The sooner you decide to tackle your family’s specific issues, the sooner you can reach a resolution and restore feelings of calm, trust, and respect within your family unit. You can connect with a family therapist at Thriveworks in Oakdale, MN and begin healing together right away. New clients can often meet with a therapist within 24 to 48 hours so your family doesn’t have to wait for the help you need.

Can Therapy Really Help My Family?

Family counseling can help you resolve conflict and address acute issues that are causing a breakdown in your dynamic. But it can also help you to identify deep-seated issues that may be holding you back and give you the tools you need to maintain meaningful relationships long term.

When you decide to pursue family therapy, you can expect each family member to be treated as a unique and vital piece of the whole. The goal is not to blame one person or another but to find solutions that take into account each of your individual personalities, concerns, experiences, and emotions. Some family members may undergo individual therapy sessions as well to address issues like depression or substance abuse.

There are often reasons why some family members are not willing or able to attend counseling. These issues may even be the causes behind your family’s pain and strife. Even so, family therapy can still be effective for the family members who do attend. Clients often leave therapy with valuable coping skills, problem-solving abilities, enhanced communication skills, and even an upswing in their mental health.

Any family members who are able and willing to attend therapy are welcome at Thriveworks in Oakdale, MN. Online counseling opportunities are also available, giving family members who are separated by distance or illness the chance to connect with your therapist and be involved in the family counseling process without commuting to our office.

Schedule Family Therapy With an Experienced Counselor at Thriveworks in Oakdale, MN

The mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Oakdale, MN are experienced and passionate about helping families rebuild and strengthen their relationships. We are ready to do the same for you and help you take the next step on the road to a brighter future.

Thriveworks accepts many insurance plans and offers benefits that make it easier for your family to schedule therapy sessions. We can work around your hectic schedules with weekend and evening appointments, and give you access to video content that can provide helpful assistance at home between therapy sessions.

Your family matters to you, and at Thriveworks in Oakdale, MN, your family relationships matter to us, too. Reach out today to schedule a family therapy appointment. We look forward to helping you soon.

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Oakdale is located just off the Interstate 694/ I-94 interchange. The closest intersection to the building block is 4th Street N and Hudson Blvd N. We currently share a building with Lombart Instruments and Crossroads Properties, among other businesses.

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(651) 374-9414

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