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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 San Bernardino, 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 San Bernardino, 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?

No family gets along all the time, no matter how much they love each other. Ups and downs are normal and disagreements are bound to happen. Family relationships are like that sometimes.

But what happens when you can’t stop fighting with a family member and it’s causing you to dread family gatherings? What happens when your children won’t talk to you or keep acting out? What happens when you feel like you are walking on eggshells inside your own home?

Strong family relationships can be one of life’s greatest joys but when they turn sour, they can have the opposite effect. If your family relationships have been difficult lately, it may be time to seek out the help of a family therapist.

While tiptoeing around your family and avoiding conflict might seem like a good short-term solution, it certainly doesn’t help in the long run. Many clients prefer to seek out the guidance of a marriage and family therapist to take advantage of their training and experience. Sometimes, an outside perspective is all that’s needed to help open lines of communication and mend family wounds.

Making the decision to work through difficult issues with your family may not be easy, but neither is living with conflict for the rest of your life. If you’re ready to improve communication between family members and resolve long-term conflicts, we’re standing by to offer guidance and support at Thriveworks Counseling in San Bernardino, CA.

When Is the Right Time To Seek Family Therapy?

Family systems are incredibly complex, which is why seeking out therapy together can often be the best way to solve family issues. While it may be difficult to bring these topics up, marital and family therapy offers a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss your thoughts and emotions with the helpful guidance and input of an experienced professional.

Here are some of the most common problems that inspire people to seek out the help of a family therapist:

  • Long-term conflicts and grudges
  • Separation, divorce, or remarriage
  • Parenting issues
  • Troubles with blended families
  • Substance abuse
  • Behavioral problems
  • Mental health issues within the family
  • Loss of a family member
  • Major life transitions
  • Abuse or trauma

If these or other issues are causing conflict and unhappiness in your family, you don’t have to simply accept this as your way of life. When you’re ready to work on strengthening your family relationships, contact us at Thriveworks Counseling in San Bernardino, CA for professional family counseling services.

How Family Therapy Works

Issues between family members can start small yet quickly snowball into conflicts that feel unbearable. You may argue constantly over the littlest things and not even remember what prompted those divisive feelings in the first place.

These kinds of issues are common and can be resolved by talking openly and honestly about them under the supervision of a licensed family therapist. Your therapist will listen to your concerns and tailor a treatment plan that addresses your specific situation.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is an essential tool that family therapists often use to work through family issues. This form of therapy deals with how our behaviors and emotions are influenced by our internal beliefs and thought patterns. Many clients are unaware that their negative beliefs are significantly impacting the way they feel and act among their family members.

By verbalizing these thought patterns, it’s possible to work towards a healthier dynamic with more honest communication. You may also learn how to deal with stressors more productively to avoid future conflict. Understanding the role you may have played, even unintentionally, in hurting another member of your family can help everyone move forward.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of family counseling and enjoy more fulfilling relationships with your family, the mental health professionals at Thriveworks Counseling in San Bernardino, CA are here to help.

Schedule Family Therapy Sessions at Thriveworks in San Bernardino, CA

When you’re ready to take the first step and work through family issues, we’re here to ensure the process is as simple and stress-free as possible. Simply call or click our booking widget to get an appointment scheduled during the week, in the evenings, or on weekends.

We even offer remote therapy options so everyone can access family therapy services by phone or video chat. It’s a convenient way to participate from the comfort of your home. This is particularly helpful for family members who may not live together or who have busy schedules that make commuting a challenge.

Thriveworks clients also get access to premium member benefits, including:

  • Scheduling and billing with simple-to-use apps
  • Phone or email advice between appointments
  • Moderated community discussion boards
  • Flexible rescheduling
  • Access to our Therapy Buddy app
  • Educational videos and eBook content

Getting along with your family may feel impossible right now, but we’re here to help you work towards a healthier family dynamic. Make your appointment by getting in touch with us today at Thriveworks Counseling in San Bernardino, CA.

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 23 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

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry San Bernardino is located off D St, near the intersection with W MacKay Dr, across the street from the Rancho Valley Volleyball Club and Pearce Sport Center. This area is accessed by S E St, with the closest bus stop at S E St and MacKay for Line 2. We currently share the building with American Force and Valley Star Community Services, among other businesses.

Phone number

(909) 487-2978

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