Family Therapy

Family dynamics are constantly shifting and can be complex. Families may seek out therapy to learn how to communicate better and resolve general conflicts, or to address specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family. Family therapy can help improve troubled relationships between partners, children or other family members. It will also help families to recognize unhealthy patterns and teach skills to replace those with positive, healthy communication. A family therapist will help members of your family gain the skills to get through stressful times, communicate more openly, and grow closer. Family therapy is often short-term and it can include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Think your family might benefit from family therapy? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s experts today. 

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While I may work with you as an individual, I see you in the context in the family and cultural system in which have been raised and/or are currently a part of. I also believe that when treating children and adolescents, the family must be included in order to create an environment of supportive communication and love, so the child may reach their highest potential. I help parents to better understand the needs of the child and to communicate with them in a meaningful way, strengthening bonds.

— Danielle Saporta, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

Family therapy or family counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. It may be used as the primary mode of treatment or as a complementary approach.

— Eric Henley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Mesa, AZ

In family therapy, I use an eclectic approach including nonviolent communication, solution-focused brief therapy, and psychodrama work. This orientation allows the client a safe space to role play their experiences together, explore the deeper unmet needs and emotions, and brainstorm new options.

— Kaile Videtich, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in San Jose, CA

For families that need extra support, I provide family therapy using principles from Attachment Theory and Structural Family Therapy. With family therapy, you and your family develop skills to communicate with each other in a healthy, positive way and build your relationships.

— Jennifer Gomez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marlton, NJ

I have three years worth of training in Eco-systemic family therapy and I have been able to utilize various skills and techniques to help many families deal with the impact of trauma on families.

— Sophia Sealy Ulett, Licensed Professional Counselor in Allentown, PA

If one person in a system is unhealthy, then the whole system is as well. I never work with family members in a vacuum. Rather I encourage clients to include family members in the sessions to work on issues that are occurring and to help support growth. This is especially helpful if the client is a teen who needs the support of their entire family to improve.

— Christine MacInnis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA

Nearly all families deal with some sort of dysfunction at one time or another, yet most families retain or regain a sense of wholeness and happiness especially when they work on communication strategies with a therapist. Family therapy can employ techniques and exercises from cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, or other types of individual therapy.

— Gwen Kinney, Counselor in Austin, TX

My degree is a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy with a family-systems orientation.

— Shelly Annameier, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Fort Collins, CO

Strength-based Family Worker credentialed.

— Shawn Beard, Licensed Professional Counselor in Pittsburgh, PA

My concentration was in marriage/family therapy.

— Katelyn Prechel, Clinical Social Worker in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with community mental health experience in the Family Based delivery system. Because of this, I have a strong Strategic Family Therapy influence, as developed by the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, with significant training time spent with Wayne Jones, PhD. I have also completed trainings focusing on Attachment, Non Directive Play Therapy, Sandtray, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and couples counseling.

— Christine Mazurkiewicz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Annville, PA

Whether family is considered origin, choice, relational, family systems, Conjoint therapy, helping improve relationships, or increased additional support...our staff values the importance of healthy support and works with our clients to help them incorporate that in therapy.

— Bet Shaddinger, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Lauderdale, FL

I will help you identify the patterns in your family that are causing you pain and we can change them together. I have an understanding of how families experience stress, change, and adapt and I believe I can help when families feel stuck. I can help each member of your family feel heard and express their emotions safely. I believe you all can move forward together and start on the path of healing.

— Christina Holyoak, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasant Grove, UT

Family therapists are trained to focus on relationships. As human beings, we are constantly engaging in some type of relationship. For many of us, the most impactful relationships we will experience are relationships with our family members, both our families of origin and our families of primary affiliation. When we spend significant amounts of time interacting with others patterns of interaction begin to emerge. One focus of family therapy is addressing patterns that cause distress.

— Arielle Fettman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

I have extensive training and experience working with families. I have a master's degree in marriage and family therapy and I am currently a PhD student in a program that specializes in marriage and family therapy.

— Amber Ray, Counselor in University Heights, OH

My graduate training primarily focused on family therapy as a LMFT. I also worked for two years in an agency setting which exclusively practiced family therapy (Structural and Strategic family therapy) and received extensive training and supervision in these models during this time. With all clients, whether I see the whole family or not, I keep the family context in mind in any intervention I do and will talk quite a bit with clients about their family of origin and their current family structure.

— Kaleigh Boysen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I have a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. A marriage and family therapist supervised me post-graduation for several years. I have passed a national licensing exam. I have worked with diverse groups of children, teens and adults to support them as they address relationship issues.

— Marc Sand, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kigston, NY