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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 Worcester are booked, but we have 56 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 Worcester, 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 Worcester, 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 your time in grade school: You were probably assigned a family tree assignment once or twice, in which you were to create a diagram depicting your family members and your relationships to one another. Some kids are excited to tackle this project, while others are reluctant or unsure how to begin—all depending on their family dynamics and history.

Family can be a sore subject. Some of us are lucky enough to grow up in a loving, unified family, while others endure tough experiences with family members from the start. Fortunately, there is a form of therapy dedicated to helping people work through the problems they encounter with family members. Family therapy can help you and your family manage challenges that stem from your childhood or those that have just begun. The reality is that we all fight with our loved ones from time to time, and coming back from these conflicts isn’t always easy. It gets easier, though, with the help of a mental health professional.

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” –Jane Howard

Thriveworks Counseling in Worcester can provide your family with family therapy. We have family therapists, counselors, and psychologists on staff—these are mental health professionals with specific skills and training in helping families work through a range of problems and improve their relationships with one another. If this sounds like something your family needs or could benefit from, reach out. Give our office a call and we will get you scheduled.

Family Problems: Challenges Addressed in Family Therapy

As we briefly mentioned above, family therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on helping families improve their relationships by working through any unresolved challenges. The main goal is to improve the overall health and happiness of each family member and the family as a whole. Common family problems include those that arise amid major life transitions and particularly stressful times. To be more specific, here are common challenges addressed in family therapy:

  • Mental illness, like depression or anxiety
  • Addiction or substance abuse
  • The loss of a family member or another loved one
  • Divorce, separation
  • Behavioral problems or parenting issues
  • Financial stress or strain
  • Moving to a new city, starting a new job, going to a new school

You might have noticed that some of the above issues sound like individual or personal issues. While they might start at the individual level, all of the above have the potential to negatively affect the family unit. Therefore, family therapy might prove valuable, even if it is supplemental.

In any case—whatever it is your family is going through—the family therapists at Thriveworks in Worcester will do their best to help you and your family members work through the problem(s) that are prevalent in your relationships.

How Are Family Therapists Qualified to Help?

The family therapists at Thriveworks in Worcester are licensed, skilled providers. We only work with the best of the best professionals, which means that you can trust your family therapist will have the necessary skills, training, and experience to help your family. They will first get to know your family and then customize a treatment plan that will allow you to address the exact conflicts that exist in your relationships.

Family therapy is often short-term. In other words, families often attend a total of 9 sessions. That said, remember that every individual, every family is different. This means that your family might need to attend more than 9 sessions to get to where you want to be and that’s okay, too!

Schedule Family Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Worcester, MA

Family therapy is now available at Thriveworks in Worcester. We have a team of family therapists who would be happy to help you address any family problems, whether they stem from your childhood or they’ve begun just recently. Either way, it’s important that you work through these problems to the best of your ability, if you hope to enjoy your relationships with your family members.

To get started with family therapy at Thriveworks in Worcester, give our office a call. We can set you up with an appointment right away—you might even meet with one of our family therapists within 24 hours of your call! Additionally, keep in mind that you will have many appointment options to choose from, including flexible session times as well as online counseling opportunities. Choose whatever works best for you and your family.

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 Worcester therapists and counselors accept 27 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

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Worcester
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

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I have been very happy with the counseling I have received. Jason is a down to earth person. I like him on a personal and professional level. He is a good listener and understands my challenges. He has offered techniques to help me identify my anxieties before they have a chance to affect my behavior. He has introduced me to Cognitive Behavioral therapy as one of the tools I may find useful to effect change. I have made improvements in my behavior as a result of Jason's counseling.
Read more I have been very happy with the counseling I have received. Jason is a down to earth person. I like him on a personal and professional level. He is a good listener and understands my challenges. He has offered techniques to help me identify my anxieties before they have a chance to affect my behavior. He has introduced me to Cognitive Behavioral therapy as one of the tools I may find useful to effect change. I have made improvements in my behavior as a result of Jason's counseling.
Jim Jan 2024
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Everyone has been great
Gary Jan 2024
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Best therapist i have ever worked with!
Jerry Dec 2023
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I have the privilege of working with Jamie (Coonan) Bruce for the past 4 months+ and have gained a sense of peace and equilibrium by doing so. Jamie has guided me to create a thriving daily practice of serenity and peace even in my own fragmented chaotic times along with the insane chaotic times in the world presently. I feel my relationship with her has led me to an understanding of my past trauma that is beneficial in my growth and connection with family and others. As we resolve past issues, it is gently ushering in a new skill set. I am better able to manage the fluctuating moods and emotions enhancing my coping skills. Jamie's experience with PTSD for so many years is a blessing for me as I live with hypervigilance day in and day out. I have been able to better manage my anxiety and I am learning how to manage my pent up anger making fluid, acceptable and letting it go. I feel blessed that I found Jamie to work with and am grateful for her teaching, listening and presence.
Read more I have the privilege of working with Jamie (Coonan) Bruce for the past 4 months+ and have gained a sense of peace and equilibrium by doing so. Jamie has guided me to create a thriving daily practice of serenity and peace even in my own fragmented chaotic times along with the insane chaotic times in the world presently. I feel my relationship with her has led me to an understanding of my past trauma that is beneficial in my growth and connection with family and others. As we resolve past issues, it is gently ushering in a new skill set. I am better able to manage the fluctuating moods and emotions enhancing my coping skills. Jamie's experience with PTSD for so many years is a blessing for me as I live with hypervigilance day in and day out. I have been able to better manage my anxiety and I am learning how to manage my pent up anger making fluid, acceptable and letting it go. I feel blessed that I found Jamie to work with and am grateful for her teaching, listening and presence.
Worcester Aug 2022
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I have been seeing Jeffrey White for four months now, to deal with longstanding issues related to a traumatic childhood. He has taught me so much about how trauma affects the body and mind and how to change that. That education, along with his compassion and encouragement have helped me get to a place of calm and confidence that would have seemed impossible to me before starting therapy. I'm so grateful for his help - it's been transformational for me.
Read more I have been seeing Jeffrey White for four months now, to deal with longstanding issues related to a traumatic childhood. He has taught me so much about how trauma affects the body and mind and how to change that. That education, along with his compassion and encouragement have helped me get to a place of calm and confidence that would have seemed impossible to me before starting therapy. I'm so grateful for his help - it's been transformational for me.
Worcester Sep 2021
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I have been a client of Jeffrey White from Thriveworks for a few months now. We meet weekly and after each session I feel educated and heard. His ability to hold space for me is recognized and appreciated ten fold. Our sessions involve a combination of therapy and coaching, and I couldn't ask for someone better to just listen to me and provide objective feedback. If you are looking for an educated, thoughtful, and inspirational therapist, Jeff White is your person.
Read more I have been a client of Jeffrey White from Thriveworks for a few months now. We meet weekly and after each session I feel educated and heard. His ability to hold space for me is recognized and appreciated ten fold. Our sessions involve a combination of therapy and coaching, and I couldn't ask for someone better to just listen to me and provide objective feedback. If you are looking for an educated, thoughtful, and inspirational therapist, Jeff White is your person.
Worcester Jun 2021
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Me and my husband are having counseling therapy with Jeffrey White, he not only is a compassionate person but the only professional that has been able to clearly identify the root of our issues and work with us in ways that makes us feel absolutely confident that we are becoming stronger as individuals and also a better couple. We are incredibly grateful to have him as a therapist and every time we finish a session with him, we can't wait to till the next one!
Read more Me and my husband are having counseling therapy with Jeffrey White, he not only is a compassionate person but the only professional that has been able to clearly identify the root of our issues and work with us in ways that makes us feel absolutely confident that we are becoming stronger as individuals and also a better couple. We are incredibly grateful to have him as a therapist and every time we finish a session with him, we can't wait to till the next one!
Worcester Jun 2021
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Everyone I have met has been Compassionate professional individuals. Especially Nicole! Thank you!
Read more Everyone I have met has been Compassionate professional individuals. Especially Nicole! Thank you!
Worcester Mar 2021
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Worcester is located off of Grove St. We share a building with Premier Home Healthcare Services. There is also a Sunoco located nearby.

Phone number

(508) 576-5598

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
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