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9,385 people sought family therapy help in Massachusetts in the last year

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

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Our therapists in Watertown are booked, but we have 46 other therapists in MA 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 Watertown, MA 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 Watertown, MA 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?

Think back to when you were a child. What are some memories that come to mind? You’ll probably recall favorite memories from beach vacations and other fun adventures; but you’ll probably also recall some not-so-great memories of getting in trouble or fighting with family members. You might even be reminded of grief, trauma, or another turning point in your life. These challenges can drive a major wedge between family members and throw off otherwise healthy relationships. 

Sometimes problems don’t require a solution to solve them;

instead they require maturity to outgrow them.”

–Steve Maraboli

The good news is that we can resolve these challenges that we encounter within our family. Some, we can learn to work through ourselves; but others we need a little outside help. In any case, with the right time, care, and dedication, we can repair and improve our relationships with our loved ones. If this sounds like something that your family is working on and could use a little help with, consider reaching out to a therapist. There are therapists who specialize in helping families, and they can likely help your family, too. 

If you’re interested in pursuing family therapy, you can find the help you need at Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA. We have family therapists and counselors on our team who have accompanied many families through their given challenges. These mental health professionals can also help you improve certain areas of your relationships such as how you communicate and how you resolve your conflicts. The skills that they work to equip you with will help you better navigate future problems and build a stronger foundation for these relationships.

Who Should Pursue or Receive Family Therapy?

Let’s first talk about what family therapy is! Family therapy is a type of counseling that helps families work through family issues and improve their relationships with one another. The course of therapy can change from family to family, but the main goals include:

  1. Improving channels of communication
  2. Working through specific issues that are harming the family unit
  3. Learning how to better handle stress or conflict with family members

Many different families can benefit from tackling these goals. The reality is that we all fight with our parents, our siblings, and other members of the family. And there is always room for improvement in our relationships! Now, there are some common family issues that our counselors help their clients work through, including…

  • The loss of a close friend or relative
  • Financial stress or problems
  • Mental health conditions, such as addiction 
  • Loss of a job or career changes
  • Parenting challenges
  • Physical illnesses, such as cancer

These challenges, and other issues that are specific to your family, can make healthy engagements with your loved ones feel impossible. The thing is that these problems can’t be brushed under the rug—this will only lead to resentment and likely more issues down the road. It’s important that you have these tough conversations with your family members and work through the problem in front of you as soon as possible. Our Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA family therapists can help you do it.

What Can We Expect from Family Therapy?

Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA tailors family therapy to each family. This means that we plan the course of therapy only after getting to know the family members on a group and individual level. We want to understand your needs, your problems, your goals—ultimately, we want to understand how we can best help you. Then, we can design an informed treatment plan for you.

If you’re feeling a little nervous or uncertain about starting therapy and you want to ensure that your therapist is qualified to help, you can ask them questions like:

  1. How long have you counseled families?
  2. What kind of problems have you helped families work through?
  3. Do you have a specific approach to family therapy you like to utilize?
  4. Where is your professional degree from?

The family therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA will welcome your questions and do everything they can to help your family find resolution or the right way forward.

Work with a Family Therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA

If you’re in need of family counseling, you’re already one step closer to receiving it. Thriveworks in Watertown, MA can get you scheduled with your first family therapy session now. And often, our new clients get to meet with their therapist the same or following day. 

We’ll provide your family with the compassionate, helpful care you’re looking for. Just contact our office to schedule. 

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 Watertown therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Watertown is located at the intersection of Main St and John Sonny Whooley Way, which becomes Cross St once you pass our office and continue through this intersection. We share a building with Lutheran Child & Family Services and Beaverbrook STEP, Inc.

Phone number

(617) 958-5773

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