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8,756 people sought family therapy help in New Jersey 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 Toms River, NJ 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 Toms River, NJ 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?

Whatever shape your family takes, one thing is undeniable: family is influential. The people who make up our family can have a huge influence on our emotions, thoughts, actions, habits, relationships outside of family, and morals. This can be both beautiful and messy.

Afterall, families are bound to mess up! There is no perfect family because a family is made up of imperfect people. So, if your family is going through a tough time, remember that you are never broken, and neither is your family. Sometimes what looks like a rough patch is actually just a chance to grow even closer together as a family and propel the individuals into an even brighter future. It can help to walk through these times with a professional family counselor.

Toms River family counseling understands the mess and beautiful, chaotic and lovely of family. We believe that if we can just stop chasing perfection and start chasing acceptance and love in a family, we will see real healing and growth. So, whatever your family shape is- biological, adopted, foster, stepfamily, living in one house or two houses or three houses, or anywhere in between, Thriveworks in Toms River is here to serve you.

Call 732-852-4977 to learn more or schedule a family therapy session today.

How Does Family Counseling with Thriveworks in Toms River Work?

Hardships can feel like they appeared out of thin air. Even the most prepared families can be knocked off their rhythm with financial trouble, sickness, big changes in family dynamic, and the like. It’s hard work keeping familial love at the center when external pressures are pushing in on all sides, but it’s not something you have to do alone.

Thriveworks in Toms River family counseling is here to equip you and your family with the tools you need to not just survive the storms ahead but thrive.

Some of what we cover includes:

  • Improve communication
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Work through current and ongoing disputes
  • Develop a plan to prevent future conflicts

Family therapy in Toms River, NJ is client centered. This just means that we strive to work with clients, not change them. Your familial culture and beliefs are important, and we want to cultivate love and growth in a way that is inclusive to who you are!

In general, family counseling can take two forms:

  • Individual Counseling- a licensed, professional counselor will meet each family member separately and address any personal concerns before talking with the family as a whole. This style is great for families who aren’t quite sure what the source of discontentment is.
  • Group Counseling- this is most common for families that know what the problem is. Maybe it’s a recent move, a big family change, or some bad news. In this style, a counselors will talk with the whole family as one.

A few of the focuses a family counseling session might have include:

  • Strengthening communication
  • Working through individual concerns (e.g. mental illness, personal stress, fears, etc.)
  • Identifying roles
  • Building on strengths
  • Learning to handle conflict in a healthy manner

Toms River family counseling believes in rebuilding and strengthening what you already have. It takes a lot of courage and resilience to admit you have a problem and seek help. Toms River family counselors thank you for your dedication to your family. Reaching out is a sign of strength, never a weakness.

Could Your Family Benefit from Family Counseling?

The truth is that perfect families don’t exists. Every family will be a little chaotic, a little messy, a little unhealthy. This is okay! But if you see a major disconnect from where you are and where you want to be, seeing a professional counselor might be worth it.

There is never a reason too big or too small to come to counseling. Toms River counselors honestly want to help get your family to a healthy, flourishing spot. Maybe it’ll take a few sessions, or maybe it’ll take a few months. Regardless, we make it easy to customize the therapeutic process to fit your family.

With that being said, there are some common reasons families come to counseling. This includes:

  • The loss of a loved one
  • A career loss or shift
  • Divorce
  • Diagnosis of a chronic illness
  • Empty nest
  • Welcoming a new member
  • Substance abuse
  • Academic problems
  • Financial strain
  • Mental health disorder
  • Overworked members

Toms River family counselors at Thriveworks are skilled at creating a space of healing and growth for your family. There is no avoiding the importance of family in our lives, so we might as well make it as healthy and loving as possible.

To schedule an individual or group counseling session, or to talk to a counselor about other options, give Thriveworks in Toms River Counseling a call at 732-852-4977.

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 Toms River therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Amerihealth Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

  • First Health Network

  • Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Toms River
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

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My therapist is Lesley Petersen and I have been a patient of hers for about four months now. She has been helping me through a stressful situation that I have been going through. I would recommend her because she is easy to talk to and non-judgmental.
Read more My therapist is Lesley Petersen and I have been a patient of hers for about four months now. She has been helping me through a stressful situation that I have been going through. I would recommend her because she is easy to talk to and non-judgmental.
Danielle Feb 2024
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awfully. Goes on vacation for two weeks. Double books me. Calls me one minute before our scheduled meeting time. Says the other person is inside the office and cannot see me. says to me I will call me that night and then says to me via a text message that I will call in the morning. Calls me at 11:am. We have our session where she keeps adding restrictions on me and says "it's nothing personal". Speaks very low that I cannot hear.Tells me she sees 50 people weekly and cannot talk on the phone.
Read more awfully. Goes on vacation for two weeks. Double books me. Calls me one minute before our scheduled meeting time. Says the other person is inside the office and cannot see me. says to me I will call me that night and then says to me via a text message that I will call in the morning. Calls me at 11:am. We have our session where she keeps adding restrictions on me and says "it's nothing personal". Speaks very low that I cannot hear.Tells me she sees 50 people weekly and cannot talk on the phone.
Martin Jan 2024
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I will tell everybody I know not to use thrive works.
Mark Dec 2023
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★★★★★
Robin is incredible. She is kind, compassionate, empathic, and extremely patient. She provided me with a safe environment that allowed me to vent comfortably. Robin was extremely helpful and provided me with excellent coping mechanisms that I will carry and use daily. She is truly extraordinary!
Read more Robin is incredible. She is kind, compassionate, empathic, and extremely patient. She provided me with a safe environment that allowed me to vent comfortably. Robin was extremely helpful and provided me with excellent coping mechanisms that I will carry and use daily. She is truly extraordinary!
Toms River Apr 2022
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★★★★★
Robin made me feel so comfortable and it was easy to ease into change.
Toms River Apr 2022
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★★★★★
Thriveworks is great and really cares for clients, I fully recommend them! And I honestly cannot say enough good things about Sharon Ryan. I never feel wrong, crazy, or judged while speaking with her. She is so comforting and provides excellent, accurate insights. I really appreciate her interest and understanding as well as her flexibility for appointments. I’ve been struggling with losing interest in hobbies that I once loved. With Sharon’s help, I’ve developed new interests I’ve always wanted to try and expanded my horizons. Thank you so much, truly, from the bottom of my heart!
Read more Thriveworks is great and really cares for clients, I fully recommend them! And I honestly cannot say enough good things about Sharon Ryan. I never feel wrong, crazy, or judged while speaking with her. She is so comforting and provides excellent, accurate insights. I really appreciate her interest and understanding as well as her flexibility for appointments. I’ve been struggling with losing interest in hobbies that I once loved. With Sharon’s help, I’ve developed new interests I’ve always wanted to try and expanded my horizons. Thank you so much, truly, from the bottom of my heart!
Toms River Feb 2022
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★★★★★
I recommend checking out Thriveworks to find a mental health care provider that can suit your needs. The owners are sweet, genuine people who make it their mission to help others by connecting therapists and those who want a little guidance. Your mental health is important (especially these days) and you don't need to being in a crisis to see a therapist! In fact, its better to seek out a therapist before you can't cope on your own.
Read more I recommend checking out Thriveworks to find a mental health care provider that can suit your needs. The owners are sweet, genuine people who make it their mission to help others by connecting therapists and those who want a little guidance. Your mental health is important (especially these days) and you don't need to being in a crisis to see a therapist! In fact, its better to seek out a therapist before you can't cope on your own.
Toms River Jan 2021
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★★★★★
If you're looking for counseling, this is definitely the place to go!
Toms River Dec 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Toms River off of Main Street, and we share an office with KT’s Office Services, among other businesses. Look for the corner of Main Street and Union Street, we are right on the corner.

Phone number

(732) 795-5217

Languages spoken by NJ providers

  • Hebrew
  • English
  • Spanish
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