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4,039 people sought family therapy help in California in the last year

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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 Riverside, CA 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 Riverside, CA 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?

There’s a reason families are often described as trees. Individuals are all different branches, yet everyone is united by the same root system. But it takes hard work to keep a tree healthy when people are reaching in all directions. The well-being of a family must be nurtured. Family members need to check in with each other to make sure everyone is feeling the same sense of belonging and connectedness. And sometimes the family’s stability can be threatened by external events or crises. That’s one of the many times when family therapy can help.

Family therapists at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA have the skills, insight, and compassion to help family members reconnect when something is pulling them apart. The fully licensed family therapists at Thriveworks look at communication styles, family roles, and other dynamics within a family to identify where families are strong–and where they could use some additional support. 

What Is Family Therapy? What Does It Consist of?

Families don’t come with a manual, and every family functions differently. The same rules that apply to a large, multicultural, intergenerational family may not apply to a family of two men raising an adopted child. But many families have similar goals in common when they reach out to a licensed family therapist at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA. They might arrive at their initial session with certain objectives, like learning how to do the following in their family:

  • Be emotionally honest 
  • Reduce conflict in the household
  • Forgive, or ask for forgiveness
  • Reinforce your family’s strengths
  • Manage your anger
  • Empathize with family members
  • Recognize implicit rules and codes of behavior
  • Listen to each other’s points of view
  • Establish healthy boundaries
  • Use neutral language to improve communication
  • Recognize emotional triggers
  • Built trust in each other

How Do You Treat Addiction in Families?

When someone in a family suffers from addiction to drugs, alcohol, or something else, the entire family is usually affected. It’s not just the person with the substance abuse issue that suffers, but everyone around them. And so family therapists at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA can certainly give the addicted family member the resources they need to tackle their addiction, but they can also educate the rest of the family, manage their expectations, and give them practical coping strategies for dealing with the problem. Most importantly, they let everyone feel heard in the therapy sessions, so no one’s perspective is left out of the bigger picture.  

When Should We See a Family Therapist?

You don’t have to wait until you and your family members are in crisis to see a licenced family therapist at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA. Many families come to therapy because they seek a strong foundation where everyone feels loved, secure, and psychologically safe. Then if a crisis does arrive, they’ll already have the psychological and communication resources in place to deal with it. That being said, sometimes more acute issues can bring family members to a therapy session at Thriveworks. For example:

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Marriage conflict
  • Financial stress
  • Emotional or verbal abuse
  • Chronic illness 
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Special needs children
  • Eating disorders
  • Behavioral problems
  • Substance abuse or addiction 
  • Blended family difficulties
  • Estrangement
  • Long-lasting grudges
  • Nonstop fighting

Does Insurance Pay for Family Therapy?

Because the family therapists at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA are fully licensed LMFTs (licensed marriage and family therapists), they accept most health insurance. If you’re not sure if your insurance will cover family therapy sessions, we can help you figure that out when you call the Thriveworks office. When you call our office during our extended business hours, you will reach a human being, not a voicemail, and we’d be happy to answer all your questions and address your concerns about out-of-pocket expenses. 

We also like families to bear in mind the potential high costs of not intervening early when your family shows signs of stress. By nipping problems in the bud or identifying where an individual in a family might benefit from individual therapy or substance abuse counseling, you may save yourselves a lot of grief later on.

Online counseling is another potential cost-saving measure that we offer at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA. Though we also offer in-person counseling, some busy clients prefer to gather their families virtually through Thriveworks’ secure video conferencing software. Then no one has to take time off work to attend therapy sessions at an office out of their way. 

Reap the Benefits of Family Therapy at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA

Your family deserves to be happy, and that’s why Thriveworks in Riverside, CA tries to make it as easy as possible to see one of our top-rated, fully licensed family therapists. Call our office today and you may meet with your therapist as early as tomorrow. We look forward to meeting you and your family members!

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 California therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Where to find us

Getting here

We are at the intersection of Magnolia Ave and Beatty Dr — we share a building with Vigo, Lana Auto Sales, NutriMost, LACA Group, New Day Institute, Jason Dsouza, American Realty, and others. Across the intersection and slightly at a diagonal is a Papa John’s Pizza and West Coast Luxuries shoe store, as well as Riverside Scooters and Best Food Pizza Inc. Nearby is also Magnolia Wheel Alignment & Brake Center, Ideal Cleaners, Hair by Daryl, Alin Party Supply, and FitOne Foundation.

Phone number

(909) 640-6972

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