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2,560 people sought family therapy help in Illinois 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 Woodridge, IL 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 Woodridge, IL 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?

The pastor Charles R. Swindoll once stated, “A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.” There’s no manual for creating a healthy family; there’s only on-the-job training. A couple raising children might bring their preexisting notions about how families operate to the table, but those notions will inevitably need to adapt and grow over time. Sometimes this can lead to conflicts, misunderstandings, or even estrangements. But the good news is that deep family bonds usually survive these challenges. And you can make the process of growing together a lot richer and more comfortable with a qualified family therapist.

The family therapy services at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL aim to help families solve their problems, reinforce their strengths, and enhance their bonds with exceptional guidance and support. Family therapy can be maintenance. It can be crisis intervention. It can be a workshop on healthy communication. Family members arrive at Thriveworks for family counseling with different goals in mind. But the universal elements in the treatment plan of a Thriveworks family therapist are compassion, expertise, and meaningful insight. 

How Does Family Therapy Work? 

Marriage and family therapy at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL works by clarifying everyone’s point of view, sharing perspectives, and finding solutions to everyday problems that might affect a family’s healthy functioning. As they say, a family is only as happy as its least happy member. Family therapy can address everyone’s needs and goals with expert facilitation. 

People come to family therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes pressing issues bring them to Thriveworks. These issues might include the following:

  • Mood disorders 
  • Postpartum depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Trauma
  • Bereavement
  • Financial stress
  • Marital stress
  • Rebellion
  • Juvenile delinquency or crime
  • Estrangements
  • Conflict and tension in family relationships
  • Emotional or verbal abuse
  • Chronic illness 
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Anorexia or bulimia
  • Behavioral problems 
  • Neurodiverse children issues
  • Substance abuse or addiction
  • Codependency
  • Perfectionism
  • Unhealthy parenting styles

What Is a Counselor’s Role in Family Therapy?

For people who have never been to therapy before, the idea of “airing one’s dirty laundry” to a stranger might seem intimidating at first. But it’s sometimes a lot easier to speak to someone objective, someone who’s not emotionally involved in the situation, in order to sort through complexities and engage in problem solving. A family counselor’s role is to facilitate open dialogue between parties. The therapist does this by putting everyone at their ease, encouraging family members to share their points of view, listening closely to everyone, and providing insights or guidance where it’s needed. 

At Thriveworks, the licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) seek to help families achieve their goals, often in 12 sessions or fewer. These goals might include the following:

  • To heal or reconcile
  • To improve communication
  • To reduce conflict and tension
  • To forgive, or ask for forgiveness
  • To establish healthy boundaries
  • To manage anger and other emotions
  • To build or rebuild trust in each other
  • To explore the origins of misunderstandings 

A family counselor can also help a family identify areas where an individual family member might need additional support. For example, maybe someone’s alcohol use disorder (AUD) is affecting everyone in the family. Family therapy should continue so everyone can work through their feelings, but the person with AUD may be encouraged to seek individual therapy as well. 

What Is the Best Way to Conduct a Family Therapy Session?

Family therapy doesn’t always go smoothly. An exceptional family therapist is able to guide a conversation even amidst interruptions and arguments. The family therapists at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL do not pick sides or assign blame to family members. Their job is to facilitate healthy expression by asking the right questions and shepherding hidden dynamics into the open. Family therapists might use icebreaker questions, games, or even homework activities to broaden the scope of emotional inquiry. They are the leader of the group in therapy, but they also let things play out naturally as much as possible. 

Enhance Your Bonds with Family Therapy at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL

Family therapy at Thriveworks in Woodridge, IL is a convenient, comfortable, and affordable way to give you and your family members the short-term or long-term support you need to achieve your relationship goals. Thriveworks mental health professionals can meet with clients in-person with traditional counseling at the modern office. Or they can do online counseling, making it easier for family members who live far apart to get together. 

Thriveworks family therapists are recruited from the top 4% of providers in the area. They are all fully licensed in Illinois. This means they can accept most major forms of health insurance coverage, helping to keep therapy accessible to all who need it. Thriveworks clients can make an appointment quickly, usually meeting with their therapist within 24-48 hours of their call. Clients can also reach out to their providers between sessions by phone or email.

We look forward to getting your family the support it needs. Call Thriveworks today.

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 Woodridge therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners IPA

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Kane County

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Silver Cross

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

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | PPO

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Choice Care (Humana)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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I have known Dr. Frederick Smith for over 20 years. He is extremely passionate about his work and ensuring the well-being of his clients. I have witnessed his growth and watched him mature personally and professionally. He is a consummate leader in the mental health field providing advocacy, care, and compassion for the client he serves.
Read more I have known Dr. Frederick Smith for over 20 years. He is extremely passionate about his work and ensuring the well-being of his clients. I have witnessed his growth and watched him mature personally and professionally. He is a consummate leader in the mental health field providing advocacy, care, and compassion for the client he serves.
Woodbridge Jun 2022
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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Woodridge is near the corner of 75th Street and Janes Avenue. We are behind CITGO and McDonald’s.

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(331) 276-6492

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