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


Many approaches used in family therapy address the needs of every member. This is a foundational concept for my understanding of attachment patterns as a dance between different members of the family. My graduate studies included 3 family therapy classes, and I routinely and actively involve parents in your child's therapy whenever possible. My mentors have emphasized balancing the needs of all family members as an important way to understand how everyone is affected by problems and stuck spots.

— MereAnn Reid, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

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

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 love helping families who come from different cultures understand one another. As the American child of immigrant parents, I have a particular understanding of how difficult relationships can get when two very different cultures live in the same family and try to reconcile competing value systems. Through communication and holding all parties accountable for the relationship, I help families learn to accept and even appreciate differences while finding common ground.

— Pashmina Rashad, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poughkeepsie, NY

Multiple persons in the room can be a handful. Early on in my career threw myself into learning the art of working with families. I'm confident you'll feel in good hands when we're all together in session.

— Dustin Hodgkin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Olympia, WA

While I believe that children and adolescents have a right to privacy in their individual work, I also do appreciate that not only do they spend most of their time in and with their family, but that family is a source of support and strength. As such, family therapy is an integral component of my individual work, and parents frequently are engaged as coaches to help their children (and themselves) practice good stress management and self-care skills.

— Cathleen Rea, Clinical Psychologist in Charlottesville, VA

I am a certified Multidimensional Family Therapist (MDFT) who has 3 years of experience working up close and personal with families experiencing major conflict, violence, drug abuse and law enforcement involvement. I have helped families function better in order to give their children better life outcomes both in and outside of the court system. I have also been trained and certified as an MDFT Supervisor, supervising other therapist in this same treatment.

— Estepha Francisque, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

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

From infant to senior, we never stop growing and developing. Each step of the way has tasks to be successfully mastered in order to move on. Family therapy is about where the family itself is in its lifespan and the unique individual challenges. Whether its learning parenting skills for new parents or what to do in the silence of the empty nest, family therapy is where these life stages are identified and skills to manage and effectively cope with the new challenges are learned.

— Cynthia Odell, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Mt. Lakes, NJ

I worked in a family therapy center for two years.

— Andressa Osta, Counselor in Woburn, MA

I'm strong in Bowenian theory. I'm also trained in Gottman theory.

— Ching Ching Ruan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Bellevue, WA

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

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

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 spent four years training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. A preeminent training center for post-graduate licensed therapists to become masterful clinicians in systemic, attachment-based and transgenerational family therapy. My background as a creative arts therapist allows me to work with families non-verbally and to work with family members of diverse ages and ability levels simultaneously.

— Kelley Linhardt, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

FFT Functional Family Therapy is an evidence based practice and a strength-based model built on a foundation of acceptance and respect. At its core is a focus on assessment and teaching skills to improve communication and relationships within families.

— Rebecca Koski, Counselor in LOS ANGELES, CA

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is a form of psychotherapy that addresses the behaviors of all family members and the way these behaviors affect not only individual family members, but also relationships between family members and the family unit as a whole. As such, treatment is usually divided between time spent on individual therapy and time spent on couple therapy, family therapy, or both, if necessary. MFT may also be referred to as couple and family therapy, couple/marriage counseling.

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

Taking a strengths-based approach with families, I stress the importance of validation and appreciation in order to help resolve conflicts and improve relationships between family members.

— Karen Foreman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in AURORA, IL

Child-parent therapy is an interactive, play-based approach in which I meet with you and your young child together. Sometimes, it's hard for parents to make sense of their child's cues and behaviors, resulting in tension and frustration for both the parent and child. Child-parent therapy, such as PCIT, can help you discover the meaning behind your child's behaviors along with strategies to respond. This can result in strengthened self-esteem and relationships for you and your child.

— Danielle Powell, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kingston, NY