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763 people sought family therapy help in Washington 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 Seattle, WA 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 Seattle, WA 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?

Have you ever had regrets about the way a friendship ended or a conversation went? Have you ever spent time thinking about how a change in perspective might have been the difference between an argument that ended in screaming and one that ended peacefully?

Imagining different possibilities is human nature. It’s how we learn from past errors and prepare for future uncertainty. But when it comes to our families, the weight of “what ifs” can be huge. If you and your loved ones are facing challenges, conflicts, or major life transitions, a family therapist can help you traverse those situations delicately and effectively so you can leave those regrets and “what ifs” behind you.

Under the guidance of a trained professional, you can have the chance to mend old wounds, open up lines of communication, and build stronger family ties for a brighter future together. When you’re ready to give your family relationships the care and attention they deserve, consider meeting with a family therapist at Thriveworks in Seattle, WA. We look forward to helping you and your family members thrive.

What Specific Issues Do Family Therapists Address?

Every family has its share of problems. But sometimes, those ups and downs can be particularly challenging: The downs can start to outweigh the ups, long-standing issues can breed resentment, and it can be difficult to respond with grace and patience.

If your family is facing a challenge, there’s a good chance it falls into one of the categories listed below:

  • Child behavioral problems: These may stem from bullying or abuse or from mental health issues such as ADHD. Child behavioral issues can also be tied to communication issues, sibling rivalry, stress, illnesses, substance abuse, addiction, and genetics.
  • Parent or guardian issues: Divorce, separation, or arguments between parents or guardians can have huge repercussions for the entire family system.
  • Life planning, transitions, and major life changes: Things like family planning and financial uncertainty fall under this category. But so do big life events such as going off to college, changing schools, moving, or experiencing the loss of a loved one or job.
  • Different opinions and world views: This can be about anything from religion to politics to gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • Health issues: The mental or physical health of one or more members of the family can impact everyone. Depression, anxiety, and other medical issues may need to be addressed as a family.

If any of these challenges sound familiar to you, consider scheduling a session with us at Thriveworks in Seattle, WA. We’ll speak with you and your loved ones and come up with a solution that addresses your specific issues.

What To Expect During Family Therapy Sessions

The type of therapy your family receives will depend on the issues being addressed, the age of your children, and the provider you see. It will also vary based on your specific receptiveness to certain forms of therapy. There’s no one model for therapy; it’s truly a personalized experience.

No matter the type of therapy that’s selected, you can be sure that your therapist, counselor, or another mental health professional will do all that they can to foster a safe and open environment.

You can expect your family to take away a variety of skills and benefits including:

  • Productive communication
  • Engaged listening
  • Increased empathy
  • Improved problem-solving
  • Clearer and healthier boundaries
  • Higher levels of trust and appreciation
  • Coping strategies
  • Ownership of behaviors

These skills and benefits may be established through narrative therapy, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), or other forms of therapy. They may also be the result of in-session exercises such as the miracle question, mirroring, and role-playing. Your therapist or counselor at Thriveworks in Seattle, WA may even assign you out-of-session tasks to complete as part of your therapy.

When you’re ready to start with a licensed family therapist, we’re here to help.

Start Working With a Family Counselor in Seattle, WA

Caring for others is a labor of love. Making the decision to attend therapy together is an extension of that love. Family counseling has so many benefits — improved communication, improved listening, self-awareness — that pursuing it should be an easy choice. But we know that not every family member may be on board with talking to a therapist.

We urge you to speak with your family about the positive impacts of therapy. Trying something different can be intimidating but our professionals are trained to create comfortable environments that give each family member a chance to feel heard and understood.

Our professional psychiatrists, counselors, therapists, and other providers are available to speak with you in person or online. If you’d like, you can even schedule appointments during the evenings or weekends. To make things simpler, we accept insurance from many different providers and offer a flexible cancellation policy.

Long-term and short-term care is available for you and your family. Whatever your goals, we want to help you achieve them. Contact us at Thriveworks in Seattle, WA to set up an appointment today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Seattle therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Choice Health Plan

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Self-pay costs at Seattle
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Seattle is located at 10303 Meridian Ave N Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98133, near the intersection of N. 103rd Street.

Phone number

(206) 203-9770

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