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 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

Family Therapy brings together various family members to improve communication and resolve conflicts. No one lives in a vacuum, therefore the struggles that anyone family members have impacted everyone that is close to that person. Additionally, sometimes families need to revaluate the way that they have been living. This renegotiating of rules and relationships happens for a variety of reasons. Maybe your child is now an adolescent and new ways of interacting need to be established. Maybe th

— Saudia Turney, Marriage & Family Therapist in Friendswood, TX

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

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

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

Education and experience in this Specialty Treatment Orientations.

— Yozaira Leon Santiago, Counselor in Waynesboro, VA

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

For families with children, I use structural family therapy techniques to help realign family members to their appropriate roles. I also employ Bowenian and strategic family therapy techniques and select the approach based on the presenting problems and family dynamics.

— Claudia Ma, Psychologist in West Lake Hills, TX

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

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— Lisa Rogers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in New York, NY

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, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in San Jose, CA

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 a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. A marriage and family therapist supervised me post-graduation for several years. I have passed a national licensing exam. I have worked with diverse groups of children, teens and adults to support them as they address relationship issues.

— Marc Sand, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kigston, 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

For the past 5 years I have worked very closely with families to improve their communication and connection with one another. I focus on helping each family member to feel heard, and be able to have positive conversations that lead to healing. I have seen family therapy be especially helpful when working with adolescents, because it can help to provide a more solid support system for the adolescent as they work through issues in their own life.

— Christine Foster, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

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

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I think systemically about how issues effect the family. For instance, if a teen and their parent(s) are experiencing conflict, what is everyone's role in that conflict and the family system? How can we unpack and change patterns of communication that may be harmful or passed down generationally? I enjoy helping clients think creatively about conflicts where they might feel stuck.

— Laura Barclay, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Louisville, KY

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

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

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

Through my doctorate program and professional experiences, I am able to assist families with issues related to communication, understanding, emotional, and violence related issues. I work with the children of divorcees, couples who are getting divorced, families dealing with a deployed member, families with troubled adolescents, death in families, children exposed to domestic violence, sexual assault in families and an array of related family issues utilizing family therapy.

— Arielle Feggins, MS, ALC, Associate Professional Counselor in Huntsville, AL

While I may work with you as an individual, I see you in the context in the family and cultural system in which have been raised and/or are currently a part of. I also believe that when treating children and adolescents, the family must be included in order to create an environment of supportive communication and love, so the child may reach their highest potential. I help parents to better understand the needs of the child and to communicate with them in a meaningful way, strengthening bonds.

— Danielle Saporta, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

For families that need extra support, I provide family therapy using principles from Attachment Theory and Structural Family Therapy. With family therapy, you and your family develop skills to communicate with each other in a healthy, positive way and build your relationships.

— Jennifer Gomez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marlton, NJ