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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 Richmond, VA 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 Richmond, VA 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?

They know your biggest flaws and deepest secrets. They know exactly what buttons to push. And they want nothing more than to embarrass you or prove you wrong—but you love them anyway. We’re talking about your family members of course. Your annoying siblings, pestering parents, and nosy aunts and uncles: the people you love the most.

We may love our family members, but that doesn’t mean these relationships are a piece of cake. Sometimes, we run into conflicts with family and struggle to maintain healthy relationships. This is perfectly normal, but sometimes resolving conflicts requires a little professional help. Fortunately, the family therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom), specialize in helping families work through challenges and restore health and happiness in their relationships.

“You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.” –Elizabeth Berg

If your family could potentially benefit from working with a family therapist or psychologist, reach out to Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom) today. We partner with the best of the best: mental health professionals who have worked hard to gain skills, knowledge, and experience helping to restore and repair families. These family therapists are happy to offer you the guidance and support you need. Give us a call at (804) 980-7242 to schedule an appointment when you are ready.

What Exactly Is Family Therapy?

Family therapy is a type of therapy specifically designed to help families address a wide range of issues that they may experience. A family therapist’s ultimate goal is to improve familial relationships and the overall health of a family. Common problems that arise among family members include those that stem from major life transitions and the development of mental illnesses. In some cases, family therapy is supplementary, and in other cases it is the primary form of treatment.

Many types of families can benefit from family therapy, especially if they are in the middle of a stressful or taxing situation. Here are some common stressors and source of conflict that cause families to begin therapy:

  • Mental health issues like depression or addiction
  • The death of a loved one
  • A divorce or separation
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Financial strain

The family therapists at Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom) would love to work with you and help to repair your relationships.

Are Family Therapists Qualified to Help?

Family therapy is led by licensed therapists: licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) to be exact! These professionals have unique skills, training, and experience helping families. Other professionals—for example, social workers and psychologists—also utilize family therapy techniques if they have completed family therapy training.

This form of therapy is often short-term. Typically, families go for an average of 9 sessions. That said, sometimes families go for longer, as it depends on their needs and goals for therapy. In addition, every session can vary in terms of what you work on as well as who attends. Don’t worry, your Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom) family therapist will walk you through the process.

Schedule Family Therapy at Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom)

Is there a conflict that is a major stressor for your family? Are your closest relationships at risk? Consider working with a family therapist at Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom). One of our family experts will use their skills, knowledge, training, and experience to help you and your family members work through the conflict at hand.

To set up a family therapy appointment, give Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom) a call at (804) 980-7242. A scheduling specialist will assist you with the easy process, which will involve introducing you to our premium benefits. These benefits include extended hours, including evening and weekend sessions, as well as a flexible 23.5 hour cancellation policy. Additionally, we accept most major insurance plans.

We look forward to the opportunity to help you and your family build better relationships. Reach out to us when you’re ready to schedule a family therapy appointment or to hear more about our services.

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 Richmond therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Richmond
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

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I had reached out to several therapists to find one that would fit. My therapist Noel, reached out and explained on what methods she uses to help with certain issues. She is a great fit for me and I am looking forward with working with her.
Read more I had reached out to several therapists to find one that would fit. My therapist Noel, reached out and explained on what methods she uses to help with certain issues. She is a great fit for me and I am looking forward with working with her.
Lynn Feb 2024
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She is absolutely the best and she makes my life so much better thank you very much!
Robert Jan 2024
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Ms Gooden is an excellent clinician, always very helpful and punctual. The office staff are always helpful and professional. I will recommend them to my family and friends
Read more Ms Gooden is an excellent clinician, always very helpful and punctual. The office staff are always helpful and professional. I will recommend them to my family and friends
Maria Jan 2024
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My husband and I are very pleased with our therapist, and she's not only Christian, but she is also knowledgeable, honest, direct, and committed to assist us in any way she possible can. She's introduced us to written and verbal exercises that have helped us better understand each other and ourselves. I whole Heartly recommend her and Thrivesworks.
Read more My husband and I are very pleased with our therapist, and she's not only Christian, but she is also knowledgeable, honest, direct, and committed to assist us in any way she possible can. She's introduced us to written and verbal exercises that have helped us better understand each other and ourselves. I whole Heartly recommend her and Thrivesworks.
Maria Dec 2023
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Natalie is an incredibly compassionate therapist who really takes the time and effort to help you towards healing and recovery. The help and guidance that she has provided for me has changed my life. She is truly great at what she does.
Read more Natalie is an incredibly compassionate therapist who really takes the time and effort to help you towards healing and recovery. The help and guidance that she has provided for me has changed my life. She is truly great at what she does.
Richmond Feb 2022
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Natalie makes me feel comfortable and is easy to talk to. She has helped me work through multiple triggers and highly recommend her if you need a trustworthy therapist.
Read more Natalie makes me feel comfortable and is easy to talk to. She has helped me work through multiple triggers and highly recommend her if you need a trustworthy therapist.
Richmond Feb 2022
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Ms. Shamika Pender has a great love for people and is full of knowledge and wisdom. She has assisted me on many occasions with locating resources for church and family members in need. She is a strong advocate for the community.
Read more Ms. Shamika Pender has a great love for people and is full of knowledge and wisdom. She has assisted me on many occasions with locating resources for church and family members in need. She is a strong advocate for the community.
Richmond Sep 2021
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Shamika Pender is an experienced Clinician who administers services with empathy and professionalism. There is no doubt that she will be an incredible asset to your agency.
Read more Shamika Pender is an experienced Clinician who administers services with empathy and professionalism. There is no doubt that she will be an incredible asset to your agency.
Richmond Sep 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Richmond is conveniently located in Shockoe Bottom at the intersection of N. 19th St. and E. Franklin. We share a building with The Superior Production Exchange and Uni Shippers. Across from us, on the other side of E. Franklin is Shockoe Center.

Phone number

(804) 331-2570

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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