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


Working with larger groups and systems takes a skill beyond what most individual therapists are used to. I have studied and practiced this and am well-equipped ot help with family issues.

— Raffi Bilek, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

What does the structure of therapy look like? Well, it depends on what you feel you need help with along with ideas from the therapist on the best way to approach services. Individual sessions focus on processing and healing with a clinician and one client, while family therapy is indicated for family conflicts or relationship issues.

— Christy Livingston, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Healdsburg, CA

To me, the family is a microcosm of the society that we aspire to belong to. How we relate within our families can dictate a "knock on" effect across perhaps hundreds of people with whom we relate in our communities, and beyond. I am passionate about family therapy, as it is an art of identifying and integrating each person's personal needs and qualities with each other person's, to the degree possible, all under what start out as conflicting family "mission statements," which then can be refined within family therapy to more closely match the values and natural ways of being of each family member. Simply put, I work tirelessly to serve the practical and philosophical nature of families, both as an integrated functioning unit, and as unique individuals flourishing within the family mix.

— Carol Tyler, Psychologist in Bellingham, WA

My concentration was in marriage/family therapy.

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