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

Family is an important part of our world. I work with families to help bring lasting change to the system. Addressing the needs of the family is important when working with children to bring lasting change.

— Hannah Benedict, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

My years of experience have strengthened my ability to identify troubling family dynamcis that are counterprodcutive to healthy engagement and overall wellness

— Karen D Sutton, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

There are many active parties in family therapy: each of the family members and the therapist. While each family member is considered a client by the therapist, the true client is “the family.” The therapist focuses on improving the family dynamics that led to the family to seek professional therapy. Family consultations, conducted every six sessions, are a different modality because the adolescent is identified as the primary client working with the therapist on a regular basis.

— Doug Nelson, Counselor in Wilton Manors, FL

As a marriage and family therapist, I focus on treating the family system as a whole, rather than focusing on individuals within the family. I help clients develop better relationships within the family and communication/conflict resolution skills. My approaches to family therapy include Structural, Strategic, Solution-Focused, Narrative, and Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy.

— Joe Leonard, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Fitchburg, WI

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

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

Education and experience in this Specialty Treatment Orientations.

— Yozaira Leon Santiago, Counselor in Waynesboro, VA

With several Licensed Family Marriage Therapists on staff, we specialize in Marriage Counseling, Child Counseling, Family Counseling, and other relationship counseling.

— Aloha Behavioral Consultants, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Harrisville, UT

My focus has been working with families the last few years. Whether you are struggling to parent, or co-parent effectively, struggling to manage your child's behavior, struggling to establish rules, rewards, and consequences, or follow through with rules and consequences that you've already put in place. I help families recognize their strengths and their areas of need, and develop plans to more effectively function as a family.

— Julie Hartsock, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hanover, PA

I worked in a family therapy center for two years.

— Andressa Osta, Counselor in Woburn, MA

I have about five years of experience implementing an evidence-based intensive family therapy program.

— Daniel Floyd, Therapist in Broadway, VA

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

Families are complicated and many families don't handle conflict well. Addiction, financial stress, illness are some of the issues that can be helped through family counseling. Parents and children learn new ways to communicate and can express themselves in a safe place. Many families can significantly improve their interactions and regain their closeness.

— Jill Barnett Kaufman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

I have been working with families for two years. I work on creating a whole with the entire family so that it creates a good environment for all in the family.

— Jennifer Smith, Counselor in Dillon, MT

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

Intensive work with families during and after treatment at Augustine Recovery.

— David Cunningham, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Saint Augustine, FL

I had to have a lot of family therapy when I just got adopted and JUST being able to talk to someone about how being adopted makes me feel helped

— Kaylissa Butrum, Psychiatrist in danville, IN

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 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

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, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Grand Rapids, MI

Family therapy is helpful when there are behavior problems with a child or adolescent, problems with communication, coping with a change or loss within the family (divorce, death, marriage, etc) or there's conflict within the family. I help families discover the reason the problems are happening in the first place so that we can work together to resolve them for good.

— Bettina Lyons, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Warner Robins, GA