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Today's world is full of challenges that can make anyone feel weighed down. Together, we can work on ways to move forward when day-to-day challenges a... Today's world is full of challenges that can make anyone feel weighed down. Together, we can work on ways to move forward when day-to-day challenges are trying to hold you back. Read more

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 Virginia Beach, VA 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 Virginia Beach, VA 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?

When many people describe their personal goals for life, having a vibrant family is often near the top of the list. Whether they want or come from a medium, small, or large family, a lot of people desire warm relationships as brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, children, parents, uncles, aunts, and grandparents.

Family is a strong cultural value because people often receive purpose and identity from their families. Parents provide and model values for their children. Children emulate, grow, and then contribute when they can. Each person gives. Each person receives. In the process, people connect, find happiness, and pass down a legacy to each generation—at least that is how families can work when life is balanced.

But life knocks families off equilibrium all the time. It is common knowledge that families do not always function as they should. Families are systems—i.e., each person affects every other person. Many times, the effect is beneficial. Many times, the effect is harmful. Finding balance can be a challenge, but it is usually worth the effort. Having the perspective of someone outside of the family may help.

That is why Thriveworks Virginia Beach provides family therapy. Our counselors and psychologists know that working together as a family is hard. All families have challenges. All families need occasional help when they are out of balance. Family therapy at Thriveworks Virginia Beach may be able to help your family reestablish equilibrium.

Life Disrupted

Which TV families have you followed? The Bradys. The Cleavers. The Huxtables. The Arnolds. The Gilmores. The Winslows. The Bluths. The Bravermans. The Tanners. Most likely, you have followed the ups and downs of these or other fictional families. The most popular TV families often gain their popularity because they show how rich and vibrant family life can be, but they also show how hard it can be too.

Families vary in their socio-economic status, ethnicity, religion, size, and more. However, one thing is the same: every family faces hardship to one degree or another. How individual family members respond to the hardship will determine whether the family grows closer together or more disconnected.

Family life can change in a moment. When crisis hits one member, it hits everyone to some degree. Unforeseen circumstances can blindside and disorient families. One moment, everyone’s needs are met, and everyone knows their role. The next moment, everything is different. Such crises may include…

  • Loss of a family member
  • Loss of a job
  • Loss of the family’s home
  • An accident that causes an injury or disability
  • Financial crisis/stress

Not every crisis strikes quickly. Sometimes, trouble begins slowly and grows with time. Without intervention, families can realize that a situation that was once manageable is now overwhelming them. On-going crises may include…

  • Mental illness
  • Providing care for a handicapped or chronically ill family member
  • Neglect
  • Alcoholism
  • Codependency
  • Domestic abuse

Why Family Therapy?

All families will face difficulty at some point. However, not all difficulty has to cause division. Families can work together to overcome their challenges, and they can grow closer together in the process. Family therapy may help by …

  1. Utilizing systemic and calming techniques to resolve differences among family members.
  2. Teach healthy communication styles and facilitate dialogue within the family.
  3. Acknowledge and explore ways the family could support one another through difficult times.

The therapists at Thriveworks Virginia Beach love helping families name their challenges and find solutions for them. Along the way, families often find healthy ways to connection. Our therapists want families to come to a greater understanding of their own family and each individual member. Our therapists also understand how…

  • The challenge is the real challenge—not the family or individual who asks for help.
  • There is always opportunity for compromise and dialogue.
  • Listening, understanding, and empathizing can help any situation.
  • Each individual family member needs a voice.

Making an Appointment for Family Counseling

Has a crisis struck your family unexpectedly and left you blindsided? Or has it started slowly but grown into an unmanageable situation? There is no magic formula for familial harmony. Family therapy takes work, but people often experience the benefits of their efforts. Thriveworks Virginia Beach has appointments for family counseling available.

When you call our office, know that our goal is to provide you with excellent care from the first time you dial our number throughout the entirety of your treatment. A person will answer your call and help schedule an appointment that is convenient for you. We offer evening and weekend appointments, and many first-time clients see their therapist within 24 hours. We also accept many forms of insurance.

Is your family ready to re-establish balance? Call Thriveworks VA Beach today to meet with a family therapist or psychologist.

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 Virginia Beach therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Virginia Beach
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

4.7 Thriveworks Virginia Beach reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Read more I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Virginia Beach Dec 2021
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★★★★★
I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Read more I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Read more Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Virginia Beach Jun 2021
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★★★★★
Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Read more Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Virginia Beach Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Great session,fair priced and mr. Costigan is very friendly and knowledgable. Great help
Virginia Beach May 2020
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★★★★★
This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Read more This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Virginia Beach Apr 2020
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★★★★★
I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Read more I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Virginia Beach Sep 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located off of S Independence Blvd, in a shopping center right by Lake Trashmore. As you enter this shopping center, you’ll pass Making a Difference Foundation, Inc. on your right. We currently share a building with Interm Healthcare of Virginia Beach, VA, and Bug-Masters.

Phone number

(757) 520-0827

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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