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

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 Sacramento, 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

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

I have helped many families with communication struggles, behavior issues, relationship struggles, and overall dysfunction. I come from the Structural Family Therapy perspective and can help you identify dynamics at play within your family, resolve conflict present, improve communication, and generally help you grow your family happier and healthier.

— Robert Hinojosa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Little Rock, AR

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

Working with parents and children together and in separate sessions to add more connection, play, and harmony at home.

— Karen Wolfe, Marriage & Family Therapist in San francisco, CA

I provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and PC-CARE. Both are family treatment modalities for families with children ages 1-10 with disruptive behaviors that do not respond to traditional parenting. PCIT provides parents with specialized therapy skills so they can learn to manage their child's behaviors as a therapist would so they can enjoy a warm peaceful relationship with their child again.

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

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

There are various fictions floating around about what it takes to be a perfect family. However, the emphasis on perfect is destructive, because it’s an impossible goal. The point is more to have a loving, well-functioning family where kids are cherished and supported to become thriving, fulfilled adults who themselves know how to have good (not perfect) relationships. This always requires constant adaptation and tinkering. I love working with motivated families!

— Maria Orr, Marriage & Family Therapist in Corvallis, OR

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

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

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is a family therapy treatment for children ages 1-10 with disruptive behaviors that are not responding to traditional parenting. PCIT is backed by 100's of studies and 30 years of research, and by own experience with my own family. With PCIT, together we can work to transform your child's behaviors and bring peace and warmth back to your family interactions again!

— Dawn Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redlands, CA

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 Kaufman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Princeton, NJ

My concentration was in marriage/family therapy.

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

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 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

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

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