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. 

Meet the specialists

My graduate degree is in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have done family therapy with most of the clients I see individually. Even during individaully therapy, I always keep a family systems perspective to help understand what may be impacting my client.

— Cassandra Kotlarchik, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bothell, WA

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

I have extensive experience working with families, including blended families, as well as families on the adoption/permanency spectrum (including foster care providers). Every family is unique, so I use a different approach depending on the specific needs of that family. I work with children, primarily, so I emphasize the family work in addition to individual work with each child.

— Clara Rivers, Clinical Social Worker in Roseville, MN

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

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

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs we do and no one gives us a manual on how to raise our children into responsible, considerate and resilient human beings. I can help you learn effective ways to parent which can help you feel more connected to your child which can result in your child being more respectful, self-aware, and better able to handle the pressures of life.

— Carlene Lehmann, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Austin, TX

I have several years experience working with families including couples and parents and children. I have taken multiple trainings on family therapy, couples therapy, emotionally focused therapy, Gottman couples therapy, military families therapy, and parenting skills.

— Rena McGrath, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

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 Intern in Annville, PA

My concentration was in marriage/family therapy.

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

I have a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, meaning my whole training was centered around the well being of the whole family. I believe that we are relational beings, therefore I talk about relationships in my work with not only families and couples, but with individuals as well.

— Rebecca Garetz, Counselor in Portland, OR