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

It’s always about the reality of roles and history when you’re doing family therapy. Everyone is of course an individual with ideas, wants, needs and rights but the family is a beautiful menagerie of all those things. That means everyone has a voice, a place, a consideration. Family therapy is about being heard and validated and finding the balance inside a multidimensional dynamic that is healthy and functional for everyone involved.

— Andrea Earle, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denton, TX

My passion is to help families who are hanging on by a string. The love that parents have for their children is universal. Every parent wants to provide their children with more than what they had growing up. But the blueprint of parenting that we were raised by is entirely different from the blueprint needed to raise a teen in our ever-changing, technology-driven, modern day culture. Parenting is the most humbling journey with the most steep learning curve but you are not alone.

— Sayuri (Julie) Heinl, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Arlington, VA

As a family therapist, I have been trained and supervised in working with families. I know how to utilize and apply different family therapy theories to solve systemic family issues.

— Diamond Rodgers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I believe that the space between people is the most powerful place to create change. We are all embedded in relationships and come from families, no matter our current situations, and even individuals carry with us a history of those relationships. A family systems orientation lets me take into account far more than just what's in any one person's "head" when it comes to getting unstuck. I am a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and have held leadership positions in many family therapy organizations.

— Sheila Addison, Counselor in Oakland, CA

Working with Children and Families for most my professional career, I have learned that treating a child also requires the need of treating the family. As the child's behaviors are intertwined with the environment.

— Alena Garcia, Counselor

Are you struggling to feel heard or validated by your loved ones? Are your experiencing difficulties setting boundaries? I work collaboratively with you to repair relationships with the people you care about the most. Bringing families together to share and work through their issues in an accepting and non-judgmental environment. We will work together so your family can achieve more intimacy, learn better communication skills, set health boundaries and resolve underlying issues.

— Iris Haugen, Licensed Professional Counselor in Salem, OR

Family therapy is a concept that can be loosely defined. We are all a part of a family. Therefore, family tends to affect our lives in some form or fashion. Family also doesn’t have to be blood-related; it can be the ones you choose along the way. Throughout the course of therapy, it might be helpful to bring in some family members as we see fit and/or beneficial for you. When doing this, it will always be with your consent first. This provides a better picture to me as your therapist.

— Mallory Striesfeld, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

While individual therapy does not directly include the family, you metaphorically enter the room with them. Family and social systems influence our values, beliefs and experiences through life. I have post-graduate training in family therapy to helps me consider external forces impacting your mental health. Navigating our everyday lives has become more complex and family therapy theories helps me in understanding ways to support you in approaching them.

— Nicole Goudreau-Green, Counselor in Pleasantville, NY

If one person in a system is unhealthy, then the whole system is as well. I never work with family members in a vacuum. Rather I encourage clients to include family members in the sessions to work on issues that are occurring and to help support growth. This is especially helpful if the client is a teen who needs the support of their entire family to improve.

— Christine MacInnis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA

Develop empathic understanding of all family members perspectives

— Martin Keller, Psychologist in Phoenix, AZ

Every family faces unique challenges, especially given today’s fast paced environment. We believe that these times are opportunities for us to support families, providing tools to assist family members so that they can collaborate and learn to navigate more readily. Our team at JSRC works with clients to set specific goals, so that each family can move through the therapy process and exit with a stronger family environment.

— Samantha Lavy, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Stamford, CT

Family therapy is so important when addictions are present. I specialize in re-connecting the family back together and providing knowledge to better equip the family as a whole.

— Cathie Bear, Addictions Counselor in Manhattan, KS