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9,385 people sought family therapy help in Massachusetts in the last year

Discover how starting family therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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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 Salem, MA 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 Salem, MA 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?

Does your family struggle to get along? Is there something impacting your relationships with them? Do you feel like there is nothing you could say that would make them actually hear what you want them to hear? Consider these following scenarios to see if you can relate:

You feel like your sibling is taking advantage of your parents. Your sibling works a full-time job, makes good money, yet still expects your parents to pay for things in their life. It stresses you out and you don’t understand why your parents put up with it.

You have to live at home with your parents right now because you lost your job and are searching for a new one. Every night you go downstairs to eat dinner, you somehow manage to get into an argument with your mom or dad over the smallest of issues.

You felt abandoned by your parents when you were younger when they were struggling financially. You barely saw them, and you felt like you had to be your own parent at times. Now that you are older and have a family of your own, your parents have tried rekindling their relationship with you. You are having a hard time opening up to them.

You and your spouse are getting a divorce and it is causing your children a lot of stress. You both don’t want them to see you fighting.

Are you and your family going through something similar to these scenarios? Is there something that you are all going through at you know could be fixed if everyone was able to speak their minds in a safe space? There are family therapists at Thriveworks Salem Counseling who would love to help your family. To get started, just give us a call at (508) 392-4269.

Family Issues: Challenges Addressed in Family Therapy

Family therapy can help families work through a myriad of problems they are facing. There are some common family problems we see clients for which are:

  • Mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression
  • Divorce or separation
  • Behavioral problems
  • Parenting issues
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • Loss of a family member or loved one
  • Financial strain or stress
  • Major life changes like starting a new job, moving to a new city, or going to a new school
  • Communication problems
  • Unruly behavior in children

This is just a short list of concerns that families face. We understand that every situation is unique. You can begin working with a family therapist at Thriveworks Salem Counseling as soon as this week. Our therapists and psychologists are ready to get started as soon as you are. Don’t wait any longer to get the help that you and your family needs.

What Can We Expect at Family Therapy?

The therapists at Thriveworks Salem are licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT). These professionals have the training and knowledge needed to not only understand and empathize with families going through challenges, but give families the tools they need to fix past trauma and overcome future obstacles.

Family therapy is often short-term, meaning you will finish out this process within as few as 9 or 10 sessions. When you begin, your therapist will take each individual family member’s needs and concerns into consideration prior to coming up with a plan of action. It is important to understand the family unit at an individual level to better see where the cracks are.

Each session may vary in terms of what is discussed with your psychologist. They will likely use a range of effective techniques but will always prioritize helping your family build:

  • Empathy and trust within each other
  • Safe and comfortable relationships
  • Effective communication skills

The family therapists at Thriveworks Salem will do their best to help you and your family members work through the problems that are affecting your relationships.

Schedule a Family Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks Salem, MA

Family is important and having a strong, healthy connection with your family is even more so. If you and your family are struggling to communicate or work through your specific challenges, get the help you need to build back up the trust that was once there.

To get started, you can schedule an appointment through our online booking system or by calling (508) 392-4269. We have online and in-person counseling available as we understand how some families might benefit more from one over the other. In addition, we have a wide range of appointment times to include days, evenings, and weekends. We also accept most major insurance carriers and have great self-payment options for those that aren’t covered.

We look forward to helping you and your family thrive!

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 Salem therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Hear from our clients

5.0 Learn about verified reviews
The therapist at Thriveworks ( Stephen Medina) is absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and is able to get me to open up.
Read more The therapist at Thriveworks ( Stephen Medina) is absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and is able to get me to open up.
Sharron Feb 2024 verified review
Outstanding from first call to assigning me a therapist for my particular needs. I would recommend them to anyone. My therapist is top notch!
Read more Outstanding from first call to assigning me a therapist for my particular needs. I would recommend them to anyone. My therapist is top notch!
Sharron Feb 2024 verified review
My therapist, Stephen Medina is professional, caring, smart and is very good at gaining my trust. He is highly skilled in PTSD. I am starting to feel whole again.
Read more My therapist, Stephen Medina is professional, caring, smart and is very good at gaining my trust. He is highly skilled in PTSD. I am starting to feel whole again.
Sharron Feb 2024 verified review
Celine is very compassionate and professional
Debra Dec 2023 verified review

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Salem is located in McIntire Historic District on Washington St. where it intersects with Lynde St. We share a building with MassHire North Shore Career Center - Salem, Koto Grill & Sushi, and other businesses.

Phone number

(978) 637-8213

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
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