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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 Topeka, KS 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 Topeka, KS 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?

Everyone knows that families have their good times and their bad times. For every picture-perfect vacation memory, there’s usually a tense dinner or two that comes to mind. Of course, going through ups and downs is a very normal and healthy part of any relationship, familial or otherwise.

But maybe you’ve found you and your family members fighting over the same issue, for months or even years. Maybe your parent or sibling has been struggling with addiction, and though you want to support them, the effects of their struggle are rippling out in a way that feels unsustainable. Maybe just under the surface of every interaction is that one problem that your family has never really talked about.

You might feel it’s time to have those difficult conversations but you don’t even know where to begin or what to say. Trying to say the exact right thing, especially to the people we love and are closest to, can make it feel impossible to say anything at all. Fortunately, this isn’t an issue you have to face alone.

The family therapists at Thriveworks in Topeka, KS are here to help you work through those difficult conversations. They’re trained in understanding the specific challenges a family faces and helping them work through those hurdles with time, dedication, and patience. If you think your family could benefit from this service, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our mental health professionals.

Who Should Consider Family Therapy?

Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy designed to address and determine ways of working through family issues to restore a healthy and functioning dynamic.

This type of treatment doesn’t just apply to families dealing with drastic, life-altering complications. While this may be one reason to turn to family therapy, our providers are well-versed in helping families through a variety of situations, such as:

  • Financial strain
  • Divorce or separation
  • Grief and loss of a loved one
  • A family member’s mental illness or substance abuse issues
  • Parenting challenges
  • Difficulties seeing each other’s point of view
  • Trust issues
  • Coping with a physical illness

Even if your problem feels too ingrained in your family to be fixed, the mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Topeka, KS are committed to teaching you long-term strategies to mend and strengthen your family relationships.

The Benefits of Attending Family Therapy Sessions

Family therapy focuses on improving communication, addressing and working through specific problems, and giving family systems a better handle on stressors they face. While our therapists adjust therapy sessions to fit your needs, there are some common general techniques you might encounter during family counseling.

These include

  • Trust building
  • Active listening
  • Effective communication
  • Validation
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation

Implementing these skills can help you and your family develop a respectful and productive environment to understand and work through behavioral and communication problems. While it will certainly take time and patience, our providers will take that time during therapy sessions to make sure your family is growing together. We don’t want you to be in family therapy forever — we want to empower you and your family with the tools you need to resolve your issues on your own.

If you’re unsure how to find the best fit for your family, our Thriveworks therapists in Topeka, KS are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding their experience and approach to family counseling. We want to make sure your family feels safe and comfortable opening up about its challenges with our licensed professionals.

Schedule Family Therapy At Thriveworks in Topeka, KS

We know that broaching the topic of therapy with your family can feel scary and may even be met with some resistance. But if you’re ready, we’re standing by to provide you compassionate help and care.

Coordinating the schedules of your family and getting everyone in the same place at the same time can seem next to impossible. That’s why we’re proud to offer our evening and weekend sessions, both in-person and online (by phone and video). We value your time and make sure appointments always start right on schedule and new clients are often able to see a counselor or therapist within 48 hours of booking an appointment.

Scheduling a session is only a call or few clicks away. With most major insurance providers accepted and affordable rates for those without insurance, we’re committed to making our services accessible to any families that need our help.

Taking care of not only your mental health, but also the mental health of your family unit can be a valuable and important undertaking. At Thriveworks in Topeka, KS, we understand and appreciate the trust you’ve placed in us, and we’re ready to get to work. We hope to see you soon.

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 Topeka therapists and counselors accept 18 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Self-pay costs at Topeka
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

5.0 Thriveworks Topeka reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have been working with Beth for almost 2 years. I have always found her to be kind, caring, compassionate, hardworking, and extremely knowledgeable. I always feel heard and understood by her which is important while working through emotional issues. She has helped me so much not only with myself, but also with my son. Her advice, guidance, and words of encouragement have gotten me through some very difficult times. She has gone above and beyond in order to help me and my son. I highly recommend Beth to anyone who wants and needs a therapist who will understand, teach, guide and support you.
Read more I have been working with Beth for almost 2 years. I have always found her to be kind, caring, compassionate, hardworking, and extremely knowledgeable. I always feel heard and understood by her which is important while working through emotional issues. She has helped me so much not only with myself, but also with my son. Her advice, guidance, and words of encouragement have gotten me through some very difficult times. She has gone above and beyond in order to help me and my son. I highly recommend Beth to anyone who wants and needs a therapist who will understand, teach, guide and support you.
Topeka Jul 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I have been working with Beth for almost 2 years. I have always found her to be kind, caring, compassionate, hardworking, and extremely knowledgeable. I always feel heard and understood by her which is important while working through emotional issues. She has helped me so much not only with myself, but also with my son. Her advice, guidance, and words of encouragement have gotten me through some very difficult times. She has gone above and beyond in order to help me and my son. I highly recommend Beth to anyone who wants and needs a therapist who will understand, teach, guide and support you.
Read more I have been working with Beth for almost 2 years. I have always found her to be kind, caring, compassionate, hardworking, and extremely knowledgeable. I always feel heard and understood by her which is important while working through emotional issues. She has helped me so much not only with myself, but also with my son. Her advice, guidance, and words of encouragement have gotten me through some very difficult times. She has gone above and beyond in order to help me and my son. I highly recommend Beth to anyone who wants and needs a therapist who will understand, teach, guide and support you.
Topeka May 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Topeka is located at 120 SE 6th Ave Suite 4-116, Topeka, KS 66603 in downtown Topeka between S. Kansas Ave and SE Monroe St

Phone number

(785) 329-4615

Languages spoken by KS providers

  • English
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