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

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

I have three years worth of training in Eco-systemic family therapy and I have been able to utilize various skills and techniques to help many families deal with the impact of trauma on families.

— Sophia Sealy Ulett, Licensed Professional Counselor in Allentown, PA

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

This modality recognizes the family as a system of interconnected individuals where each member has a role to play and rules to respect. Family can be a “rough neighborhood” to live in…especially if they don’t know how to get along with each other. My office offers a platform where each member has a voice to contribute to the family's identity so everyone can feel safe. This therapy focuses on intergenerational relationships and personal core value systems to promote healthy functioning.

— Dr. Carolyn Becker, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Fort Worth, TX

Anyone seeking healthier, closer family relationships can benefit from family therapy. Family therapy is necessary to address family issues and heal a family’s wounds. Family therapy can be beneficial on many different levels. Some positive family therapy outcomes are: Strategies to develop and maintain boundaries, Fostered sense of cohesion and communication among family members, Promotes problem-solving through the understanding of family patterns and dynamics, Builds empathy and understanding

— Mikayla Phan, Marriage & Family Therapist in Madison, WI

My concentration was in marriage/family therapy.

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

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

My degree is a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy with a family-systems orientation.

— Shelly Annameier, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Fort Collins, CO

While I believe that children and adolescents have a right to privacy in their individual work, I also do appreciate that not only do they spend most of their time in and with their family, but that family is a source of support and strength. As such, family therapy is an integral component of my individual work, and parents frequently are engaged as coaches to help their children (and themselves) practice good stress management and self-care skills.

— Cathleen Rea, Clinical Psychologist in Charlottesville, VA

I worked in a family therapy center for two years.

— Andressa Osta, Counselor in Woburn, MA

Family therapists are trained to focus on relationships. As human beings, we are constantly engaging in some type of relationship. For many of us, the most impactful relationships we will experience are relationships with our family members, both our families of origin and our families of primary affiliation. When we spend significant amounts of time interacting with others patterns of interaction begin to emerge. One focus of family therapy is addressing patterns that cause distress.

— Arielle Fettman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

I love helping families who come from different cultures understand one another. As the American child of immigrant parents, I have a particular understanding of how difficult relationships can get when two very different cultures live in the same family and try to reconcile competing value systems. Through communication and holding all parties accountable for the relationship, I help families learn to accept and even appreciate differences while finding common ground.

— Pashmina Rashad, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poughkeepsie, NY

I spent four years training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. A preeminent training center for post-graduate licensed therapists to become masterful clinicians in systemic, attachment-based and transgenerational family therapy. My background as a creative arts therapist allows me to work with families non-verbally and to work with family members of diverse ages and ability levels simultaneously.

— Kelley Linhardt, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

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

please see my website:

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

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

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

I am a certified Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) therapist. PCIT is an evidence-based family therapy which supports parents in dealing with behavior problems in young kids (ages 2-7).

— Jessica Myszak, Psychologist in Glenview, 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

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

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