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620 people sought family therapy help in Washington DC in the last year

Discover how starting therapy with a family can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Good news! We have 9 therapists in Washington DC available for an online or in-person session.

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 Washington, DC 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 Washington, DC 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 trials and tribulations. 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.

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. –Friedrich Nietzsche

Here at Thriveworks Washington, DC (Georgetown) Counseling, it is our goal to provide your family unit with the care and attention needed to resolve conflict and get to a healthier state of being. If you believe that your family could find value in working with a family therapist, reach out to our office by calling (512) 400-4069 and you’ll be connected with a scheduling specialist.

What Is Family Therapy All About?  

Sometimes it is hard to communicate with our family members without getting worked up and ending in a fight. Even though there may be common reasons for you and your family to get into tiffs, it’s beneficial to look at the family unit as a whole in order to best work through your challenges. If you feel like there’s no end in sight to the turmoil in your life, you might consider working with a Thriveworks Washington, DC (Georgetown) family therapist.

Do you want to make a change but don’t know where to start?  A family therapist is qualified and highly experienced in addressing the issues that families face. They are able to help you get back to a more harmonious way of life by providing the tools you need to better resolve conflict. Your family therapist will sit down with your family unit and assess each individual’s concerns. Taking an individualized approach will allow for a better understanding of where the friction lies.

This type of therapy is typically short-term. On average, most people finish within nine sessions. During each of your sessions, the topics you discuss may vary, which is also dependent upon who joins that day. It’s important to remember to be patient and open-minded in each session. You and your family can make great progress together with the help of one of our counselors.

What Can Family Therapy Help With?

Whether your family is dealing with a major life change or the development of a mental health condition, there are resources to help you work through it. Family counseling is aimed at helping families address specific problems that are affecting the overall wellbeing and harmony of your household. Here is a list of some challenges that may contribute to your home:

  • Abuse, neglect, and/or an addition to drugs or alcohol
  • Hormonal changes or disruptive behavior in children
  • Financial burdens caused by change or loss in jobs
  • Overbearing or untrustworthy parenting that creates rebellious children
  • Bickering between siblings that seems to have no end
  • Caring for a sick, elderly, or special needs family member
  • Lack of discipline due to a single-parent household
  • The strain of helping a child with a learning disability such as dyslexia
  • Loss of a loved one without having time to heal
  • Presence of mental illness in a family member such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

These are just some of the challenges a family may face. If you are on the fence about seeking the aid of a family counselor, ask yourself these questions: Have I tried everything to mend the relationships of our family and proven unsuccessful? If you answered yes, Thriveworks Washington, DC (Georgetown) has an amazing team of counselors ready to help you with open arms. After receiving help, our goal is to equip you with the tools necessary to:

  • Better communicate: Better communication is essential to tearing down the walls and getting to the root of an issue before it gets out of hand
  • Actively listen: It can be hard sometimes to sit down and really hear what the other person is saying. Putting aside biases and showing support by actively listening can be a great way to mend relationships
  • Compromise effectively: Relationships require compromise – it allows us to come to a mutual agreement that will ensure both sides are happy with decision or conversation in question

Remember, you don’t have to do this alone.

Schedule an Appointment with a Family Therapist at Thriveworks Washington, DC (Georgetown)

If you are ready to put your best foot forward and start down the path of recovery, we are a great place to start. Here at Thriveworks, we strive to provide our clients with the most comprehensive plan of care. We provide a broad range of appointment times and can most often schedule your first appointment within 24 hours of your initial call.

For questions regarding our practice or to schedule your appointment, please give us a call at (512) 400-4069. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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 Washington therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Washington
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 Washington reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I really love our counselor. She has been very helpful in addressing our marital concerns/ issues. She has also been flexible in getting us into her schedule during a time that works for us.
Read more I really love our counselor. She has been very helpful in addressing our marital concerns/ issues. She has also been flexible in getting us into her schedule during a time that works for us.
Washington, D.C. Nov 2018
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★★★★★
So far i am very happy with my counselor. He is understanding and sympathetic and his mindful methods are helping me deal with past hurts and manage stress and anxiety. The environment of the office is also very soothing and calming once you step through the door
Read more So far i am very happy with my counselor. He is understanding and sympathetic and his mindful methods are helping me deal with past hurts and manage stress and anxiety. The environment of the office is also very soothing and calming once you step through the door
Washington, D.C. Aug 2018
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★★★★★
First time trying it and definitely going back.
Washington, D.C. Jul 2018
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★★★★★
Very welcoming office. Beautiful atmosphere. Different from any other counseling office that I've seen. Highly recommend
Read more Very welcoming office. Beautiful atmosphere. Different from any other counseling office that I've seen. Highly recommend
Washington, D.C. Dec 2017
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★★★★★
I visited this office before it was even officially open, and was beyond impressed at how it looks and the customer service systems Thriveworks was putting in place. Impressive!
Read more I visited this office before it was even officially open, and was beyond impressed at how it looks and the customer service systems Thriveworks was putting in place. Impressive!
Washington, D.C. Nov 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Washington DC is located at 1010 Wisconsin Ave NW Suite 340, Washington, DC 20007, in Georgetown, near the waterfront.

Phone number

(202) 952-4629

Languages spoken by DC providers

  • English
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