Philadelphia Family Counseling

Counseling for Families in Philadelphia, PA—Coaching and Therapy

Within families, each person is interconnected with every other person. For rich or poor, for better or worse, the family is a system, and what happens to one person affects everyone to some degree. From generation to generation, families influence people’s emotional processing, social behavior, and ethical standards. When families function well, each person makes important contributions and each person’s needs are met, but it is common knowledge that families often experience dysfunction.

Life has a way of knocking families off balance, and they often need to make adjustments. Here are a few common challenges that families face:

  • Spouses who disagree on parenting decisions and/or styles.
  • There is tension between family members, and no one knows how to resolve it and restore peace.
  • Family members who are repeating hurtful behavior, over and over again.
  • Poor communication or no communication has resulted in hard feelings and/or distance among family members.
  • One person’s anxiety, anger, or frustration is affecting other members of the family

When family members are working against each other instead of for each other, they may need someone outside of the system to help them regain equilibrium and establish healthy connection. Family counseling can help families name the specific problems they face and find a way forward that helps each member.

Thriveworks Philadelphia, PA offers family therapy because we understand that all families need help along the way. Family dysfunction and challenges are a normal part of life, but overcoming these problems and growing closer together is worth the time and effort.

How Does Family Therapy Work?

The most common forms of family therapy are family systems therapy and family structural therapy. The foundational concept for these is that people’s behaviors and identities are formed within their family. Some people may love their families and emulate everything they learned from their family. Others may want nothing to do with their families and react against them. In either case, to understand an individual, one must understand their family context.

Family therapists may explore how a family copes with stress, defines roles, offers comfort, and sets expectations. These concepts give insight into how a family functions. To further understanding, family therapy may also explore birth order, love languages, and/or personality types and how these contribute to the challenges a family may face.

When individual family members understand how they relate to each other, then appropriate adjustments can be made. The goal is for every family member to contribute to the family system in a meaningful way and to receive from the family unit in a meaningful way.

When families know and respect each other’s gifts and needs, they may experience more interdependence, improved communication, and a more harmonious family life. When families grow stronger together, each individual may experience benefits such as…

  • Fewer instances of anxiety disorders and depression-related conditions.
  • Secure attachments between children and parents that may increase children’s ability learn healthy relational skills.
  • Fewer cases of neglect and abuse.
  • Decreased risk of poverty as parents share income potential.
  • Increased coping skills and capacity to manage stress and hardship because of increased emotional comfort and connection within the family.

Working through Problems Together

Think for a moment about the unique challenges within your family. Is more than one person affected? Will more than one person have to make adjustments in order to move forward? If so, consider coming to family therapy.

If your family faces any of these particular circumstances, family therapy may be able to help you grow closer as you face the challenge together:

  1. Hormonal changes within a child or parent that may be causing or exacerbating conflict.
  2. An overbearing parenting style with rebellious children.
  3. A family member with special-needs who has an unequally distributed schedule of care.
  4. A family member who has experienced addiction, neglect, and/or abuse.
  5. Deficient/no premarital counseling and/or marriage maintenance guidance.
  6. An overly relaxed parenting style with uncontrollable children.
  7. A marriage relationship with love/intimacy problems.
  8. Family members who have unmet needs.
  9. Hostility/tension within relationships.
  10. Especially stressful times such as death of a loved one or job loss.

Family therapy is not a quick-fix for these or similar challenges. However, it can be a safe place to acknowledge problems and find solutions in a healthy way and with the guidance of a skilled therapist. If your family is ready to put in the work, Thriveworks Philadelphia is ready to help.

Family Therapists and Psychologists at Thriveworks Philadelphia, PA

If family therapy is the right next step for your family, know that appointments are available at Thriveworks Philadelphia, PA. We know that getting the family together is a challenge, so we offer evening and weekend sessions. New clients often can meet with their counselor within 24 hours. We also work with many forms of insurance.

All families experience dysfunction as some point. Family therapy may allow your family to grow closer through the challenges instead of farther apart. Call Thriveworks Philadelphia to get started today.

Thriveworks Counseling Philadelphia (Walnut St.)

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I look forward to speaking with Kameil each week . She's such a helpful & caring therapist & I'm happy she's accompanying me on my journey.
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Great clinicians!

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Tim Sosin is an exceptional clinician to work with and serve you. As someone that has worked with Tim, I can attest to his commitment to serving his clients. He works diligently to learn and become competent about evidence based and top notch approaches that insure the highest quality of care. Tim has a welcoming empathy that is expressed to all, and helps you feel all the more comfortable as you approach the counseling process. He willing comes alongside of you in your journey. Tim collaborates well with others, as being a trust source of knowledge. I have learned specifically about the EMDR modality from Tim, and have been encouraged by his passion about this approach. I whole heartedly trust recommend entrusting clients to work with and be treated by Tim. He is simply exceptional is his devotion to high quality care!
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Lavonda is a great therapist - very patient and kind.
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I going to thrive works since March of 2018 I first I was like I am not sure if therapy was for me or not I use to go when I was a teenage so it’s been a while so I have my first session with Laura she was very laid back and easy to talk to she was like mother figure someone I can talk every thing went well until end of October of 2018 when she resign from Thriveworks I was sad cause I couldn’t see her no more but now I am see Jeanette Frye, she is very nice and helpful person at first I was really shy to talk to her cause I was like oh great a new therapist but as time went on I was able to open up and connect with Jeanette and she tell her what I needed help or how was I feeling
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I am very happy meeting with Alan Goldberg.

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I am very happy meeting with Alan Goldberg. The location is very convenient as well. I am comfortable speaking about all topics I desire
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Abraham is very attentive

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So far Abraham is very attentive and I am already feeling better and feel more in control of my life even after just three sessions. He has suggested I read a book and has helped me monitor my day which has been especially helpful
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So far so good

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So far so good
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Great experience with individual therapy

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Great experience with individual therapy, but had a tough time scheduling couples therapy.
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Thriveworks has been very accommodating in terms of scheduling

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Thriveworks has been very accommodating in terms of scheduling and allowing me to meet with someone who fits my style of therapy. Based on seeing Mary and having her explain her style of therapy that address the foundation of particular issues, I’m very optimistic about a bright future!
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Happy with how welcoming and supportive the group is

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My comments may be limited to Mary specifically, but my onboarding and scheduling process was seamless. While relatively early on, I only have positive things to say. I’m very happy with how welcoming and supportive the group is. While waiting for my first session I was also greeted by another counselor to make sure that I was taken care of. The only point I would recommend improving about the process is ensuring the initial three months is automated from the date of first appointment and not the date of scheduling the first appointment. The latter may be significantly before the first session.
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They made me feel very comfortable.

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They made me feel very comfortable. I look forward to more sessions.
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A nurturing team for couples and individual therapy.

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A nurturing team for couples and individual therapy.
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I loved my first appointment.

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I loved my first appointment. Everything was on time and easy and I’m looking forward to being a part of a therapy plan in the coming months.
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Natalie was awesome

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Natalie was awesome and I felt very comfortable during my intake. I think she and I are going to work very well as therapist and client.
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Great experience

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Great experience
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Natalie was great.

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Natalie was great. She made me feel welcome and hopeful.
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Easy to set up appointment

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Easy to set up appointment and so far so good
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The therapist I worked with

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The therapist I worked with (Natalie) was very welcoming and attentive during our session. I feel that she understood the concerns I have been experiencing and communicated them back to me very effectively.
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Great non-judgemental environment.

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Great non-judgemental environment.
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    Philadelphia, PA 19102

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    Sunday:8AM-5PM

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