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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 Sioux Falls, SD 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 Sioux Falls, SD 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 are the people who know exactly how to push your buttons. Arguments with them may hurt the most. You can’t choose them, but you wouldn’t want to live without them: family. Most families go through ups and downs, hardships, and good times. It’s not uncommon for you to get upset with your brother or feel instantly stressed when you see that you are getting a call from your mom. Fortunately, certified family therapists have the tools necessary to help you and your loved ones work through the challenges you face.

When your family relationships are taking hard hits, it’s essential to improve communication and work through past issues. Licensed marriage and family therapists and other mental health professionals are highly trained and experienced in helping family systems work through your specific issues. It doesn’t matter if your issues are short term or long term, we want to help you tackle them.

If you believe your family could benefit from family counseling, consider Thriveworks Counseling in Sioux Falls, SD. We offer many forms of family therapy and only work with providers who have extensive training in family-related concerns. Should you choose to work with us, visit our online booking portal or give our office a call.

Is My Family a Good Fit for Family Therapy?

There are so many reasons why a family might consider seeking the help of a professional to work through their unique challenges. Maybe your mom is very snappy and it’s caused you to become snappy back, creating a whirlwind of emotions. Perhaps your sister struggles with depression and it’s putting a major strain on everyone involved. There is no problem too big or too small for us to help you tackle.

Some of the more common reasons why someone may seek out family therapy are:

  • Loss of a family member
  • Empty nest
  • Diagnosis of a chronic illness
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • A member of the family with a mental health disorder
  • Financial strain
  • Marital conflicts
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Parenting challenges

No family is a stranger to some of these more common challenges. However, if your family is going through something that is not on the list, don’t worry! At Thriveworks in Sioux Falls, our licensed psychologists can help you and your loved ones through so many of life’s challenges. If you are still on the fence about seeking the help of a family therapist, consider these questions:

  1. Am I tired of tiptoeing around my family members because I’m scared of how they might react?
  2. Do I wish that my siblings, parents, and/or extended family members and I would communicate better?
  3. Have I tried everything to mend broken relationships or understand the struggles my family unit is going through?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, family therapy might be the right decision for you. No family chooses to have conflicts or argue with one another. If your family is spiraling down or developing unhealthy habits, you can benefit from seeking professional help. We help many families get back on track. Your family can do it too.

The Process of Family Therapy: How Does It Work?

Once you and your family are ready to go to counseling, one of our Sioux Falls therapists will complete an assessment of all family members. It’s important when seeking this type of therapy to examine the behaviors and attitudes of all members. Your counselor will use their assessments to create a unique plan of action based on their examination. The plan created for you will offer guidance, support, and tips on how to overcome turmoil in a healthy manner.

Here are some examples of what family therapy can help you do:

  1. Create close connections with family members to build trust
  2. Allow you to communicate in a safe and supportive environment
  3. Assist in improving overall communication and understanding with every member of your family unit
  4. Help you learn new ways to interact to overcome unhealthy behavioral patterns
  5. Set both individual and family goals to help you better work together on how to achieve them

Our professionals are able to identify the behaviors in the family that are causing friction and advise on what therapy to pursue. You can expect several different methods to be used, potentially making each session you attend unique. Narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, and art therapy are just to name a few.

These efforts are geared towards connecting on a deeper level with each family member as not everyone may open up the same way. Based on your counselor’s findings, they can create an atmosphere to invoke positive changes in attitudes, behaviors, and the overall family dynamic.

Choose Sioux Falls, SD Family Therapy at Thriveworks

Our office does not have a waitlist and we can often see you within 24 hours of your initial call. To schedule your appointment, visit our online booking system or call our office to be connected with a scheduling specialist. In addition, we offer online counseling services to provide you and your family the additional ease of having your appointment from wherever you choose. If you have any additional questions about family therapy or our other services, we would be more than happy to help.

Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. Let’s work together through this journey.

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 Sioux Falls therapists and counselors accept 17 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Quest Behavioral Health

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Sioux Falls is located at 3900 W Technology Cir Suite 7, Sioux Falls, SD 57106, approximately behind the Dollar Tree.

Phone number

(813) 773-1834

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