Family Therapy in Los Angeles, CA

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CBT California
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90048
We also offer services for family members.
CBT California is Southern California’s leading center for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), founded by award-winning clinicians and scholars dedicated to bringing you state of the art, scientifically sound treatments. We used evidence-based treatment to treat people with depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other conditions. If you have problems with emotional regulation, self harm, or intense, unsatisfying relationships, CBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help. We are home to DBT California, the leading high-fidelity, comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program in Southern California.
We also offer services for family members.
CBT California is Southern California’s leading center for cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), founded by award-winning clinicians and scholars dedicated to bringing you state of the art, scientifically sound treatments. We used evidence-based treatment to treat people with depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other conditions. If you have problems with emotional regulation, self harm, or intense, unsatisfying relationships, CBT or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help. We are home to DBT California, the leading high-fidelity, comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program in Southern California.
(424) 766-1399 View (424) 766-1399
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Michelle Y. Urizar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066  (Online Only)
Achieving peace of mind is a worthwhile goal. When was the last time you put yourself first in the daily grind of taking care of, or doing things for, others? I personally tailor therapeutic strategies to your individual unique needs. I work from a trauma-responsive, strengths-based, and client-centered approach while balancing practical strategies you can walk away with. I can help you navigate anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, grief and loss, family and relationship issues, as well as employment and student stressors. I support in areas of maternal MH, foster care and adoption, and in an LGBTQ+ -affirming environment.
Achieving peace of mind is a worthwhile goal. When was the last time you put yourself first in the daily grind of taking care of, or doing things for, others? I personally tailor therapeutic strategies to your individual unique needs. I work from a trauma-responsive, strengths-based, and client-centered approach while balancing practical strategies you can walk away with. I can help you navigate anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, grief and loss, family and relationship issues, as well as employment and student stressors. I support in areas of maternal MH, foster care and adoption, and in an LGBTQ+ -affirming environment.
(424) 433-4496 View (424) 433-4496
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Tala Johartchi, PsyD, Best Life Therapy
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
Our clinicians have expertise and advanced training in Evidence-Based Practices and therapeutic/behavioral frameworks including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, Solution Focused, Psychodynamic, and provide trauma informed care.
Best Life Therapy is a premier tele-therapy practice offering Virtual Therapy services to individuals, couples, and families, in Los Angeles and throughout California. At Best Life our clinicians can help you cope with changes while gaining insight, enhancing communication, improving self-concept, and meeting your goals. Whether issues you are facing are due to depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, mental illness, addictions, trauma, or of another nature, we will be able to support you in setting goals, changing patterns and thinking, and support you in living your Best Life.
Our clinicians have expertise and advanced training in Evidence-Based Practices and therapeutic/behavioral frameworks including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, Solution Focused, Psychodynamic, and provide trauma informed care.
Best Life Therapy is a premier tele-therapy practice offering Virtual Therapy services to individuals, couples, and families, in Los Angeles and throughout California. At Best Life our clinicians can help you cope with changes while gaining insight, enhancing communication, improving self-concept, and meeting your goals. Whether issues you are facing are due to depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, mental illness, addictions, trauma, or of another nature, we will be able to support you in setting goals, changing patterns and thinking, and support you in living your Best Life.
(424) 231-6604 View (424) 231-6604
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Michael J Ross
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Michael Ross is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist currently practicing in the Larchmont and Pasadena areas of CA.
I help creative adults and couples overcome past trauma and foster healthy relationships. As human beings, something unique within us strives for growth, healing, and connection. A strong therapeutic relationship can foster greater compassion, insight, and joy that enhances our quality of life. At times, we may struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, trauma, creative struggles, or a lack of purpose. Psychotherapy can be a safe and brave space to better know ourselves and improve our connection to those we love and the greater world.
Michael Ross is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist currently practicing in the Larchmont and Pasadena areas of CA.
I help creative adults and couples overcome past trauma and foster healthy relationships. As human beings, something unique within us strives for growth, healing, and connection. A strong therapeutic relationship can foster greater compassion, insight, and joy that enhances our quality of life. At times, we may struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, addiction, trauma, creative struggles, or a lack of purpose. Psychotherapy can be a safe and brave space to better know ourselves and improve our connection to those we love and the greater world.
(310) 564-5563 View (310) 564-5563
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Harriett Bay & Associates Educational Consultant
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90067
I am often the last person parents contact when everything else has failed their child. The majority of my referrals come from other therapists and schools. I believe my depth of experience and compassion is heard by all my clients. Each child and family is unique and that is how I approach my clients. I prefer seeing people in person but I am available virtually and work with people all over the country..
I am often the last person parents contact when everything else has failed their child. The majority of my referrals come from other therapists and schools. I believe my depth of experience and compassion is heard by all my clients. Each child and family is unique and that is how I approach my clients. I prefer seeing people in person but I am available virtually and work with people all over the country..
(323) 310-9232 View (323) 310-9232
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Marycatherine (Mc) McDonald
MA, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Not accepting new clients
I have worked with people coping with traumatic life experiences - combat, sexual assault, childhood trauma, death of a loved one, relationship abuse, career transitions, gender identity issues, family dynamics, divorce, and mental illness diagnosis.
What if the things you have been through are the very materials that you need to create exactly the life that you want? What if your failures could become the foundation for your success? What if the things you are ashamed of become the things that make it possible to have the kinds of relationships that you want? I can help you transform your life from what it is to what you want it to be - not by rejecting or denying what you have been through, but by honoring it.
I have worked with people coping with traumatic life experiences - combat, sexual assault, childhood trauma, death of a loved one, relationship abuse, career transitions, gender identity issues, family dynamics, divorce, and mental illness diagnosis.
What if the things you have been through are the very materials that you need to create exactly the life that you want? What if your failures could become the foundation for your success? What if the things you are ashamed of become the things that make it possible to have the kinds of relationships that you want? I can help you transform your life from what it is to what you want it to be - not by rejecting or denying what you have been through, but by honoring it.
(323) 214-3367 View (323) 214-3367
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Alex Tipton
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90026
I also provide couples and family therapy, offering a safe and non-judgmental space for you and your partner or loved ones to communicate and restore your meaningful connection.
I work with adults and teenagers who are looking to manage symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. I will be with you on the journey of healing to discovery, recovery, and connection to your true self. I also specialize in working with individuals experiencing life transition issues such as career/academic concerns and relationship stress. I approach therapy with a person-centered mindset to create as comfortable and welcoming an environment as I can. I believe the trust built between you and a therapist is one of the more powerful tools we as clinicians can offer, and I hope to garner that trust in my own practice.
I also provide couples and family therapy, offering a safe and non-judgmental space for you and your partner or loved ones to communicate and restore your meaningful connection.
I work with adults and teenagers who are looking to manage symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma. I will be with you on the journey of healing to discovery, recovery, and connection to your true self. I also specialize in working with individuals experiencing life transition issues such as career/academic concerns and relationship stress. I approach therapy with a person-centered mindset to create as comfortable and welcoming an environment as I can. I believe the trust built between you and a therapist is one of the more powerful tools we as clinicians can offer, and I hope to garner that trust in my own practice.
(818) 351-1078 View (818) 351-1078
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Merisa Bambur
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
If you're from a family who didn't talk about feelings, and/or avoided conflict, it is probable that talking about your feelings isn't easy.
Do you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result? Are you struggling to find balance in your life? Do you feel like there's a part of you that has died and hasn't come back to life? Hi, my name is Merisa. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist and artist. I help highly functioning adults manage their stressors and find more balance in life. I enjoy using art as a communication tool, to express and process the unconscious. I have many clients who are not willing to do art therapy, and thats okay as well! Talking is just as effective.
If you're from a family who didn't talk about feelings, and/or avoided conflict, it is probable that talking about your feelings isn't easy.
Do you find yourself doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result? Are you struggling to find balance in your life? Do you feel like there's a part of you that has died and hasn't come back to life? Hi, my name is Merisa. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist and artist. I help highly functioning adults manage their stressors and find more balance in life. I enjoy using art as a communication tool, to express and process the unconscious. I have many clients who are not willing to do art therapy, and thats okay as well! Talking is just as effective.
(562) 294-4910 View (562) 294-4910
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Hong Jeong
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90015
I also specialized in treating anxiety due to multicultural issues (loss of identity, career issues, & dysfunctional family dynamics).
We all go through emotional storms where we feel emotionally and physically stuck; we worry too much and lose control of ourselves. Do you find yourself thrown off balance by your childhood trauma? Childhood traumatic experiences such as abandonment, abuse, and neglect lead to social anxiety. My approach is solution-focused and tailored to your needs and goals. I am committed to providing a profound sense of safety and offering compassionate and actionable guidance to all my clients.
I also specialized in treating anxiety due to multicultural issues (loss of identity, career issues, & dysfunctional family dynamics).
We all go through emotional storms where we feel emotionally and physically stuck; we worry too much and lose control of ourselves. Do you find yourself thrown off balance by your childhood trauma? Childhood traumatic experiences such as abandonment, abuse, and neglect lead to social anxiety. My approach is solution-focused and tailored to your needs and goals. I am committed to providing a profound sense of safety and offering compassionate and actionable guidance to all my clients.
(213) 275-2296 View (213) 275-2296
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Corliss Porter
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90032
I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, family issues, and diagnosed mental illness to people desiring to reach new goals in life or searching for a deeper meaning.
Corliss E. Porter, MFT California License 11926. I assist you in identifying your goals and challenges and then use individualized and focused exercises, tools, and resources that help create a healthy, balanced life. My approach includes family-systems theory, somatic (mind-body intervention), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), trauma resolution, spiritual and positive strength-based, client-centered therapy, and more. I have a varied practice and work with people from 14 years old to folks in their 80s.
I work with people experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, family issues, and diagnosed mental illness to people desiring to reach new goals in life or searching for a deeper meaning.
Corliss E. Porter, MFT California License 11926. I assist you in identifying your goals and challenges and then use individualized and focused exercises, tools, and resources that help create a healthy, balanced life. My approach includes family-systems theory, somatic (mind-body intervention), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), trauma resolution, spiritual and positive strength-based, client-centered therapy, and more. I have a varied practice and work with people from 14 years old to folks in their 80s.
(626) 317-8642 View (626) 317-8642
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Amita Fakhimi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Dr. Amita Fakhimi is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She has an immense, genuine passion for therapy and her patients. Her devotion is evidenced by her extensive academic and professional work history. She is dually licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist, a rarity in the field. Dr. Fakhimi is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment and hopes to be a vessel for change for her patients, so they can live a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Dr. Amita Fakhimi is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with individuals, couples and families. She has an immense, genuine passion for therapy and her patients. Her devotion is evidenced by her extensive academic and professional work history. She is dually licensed as a Clinical Psychologist and Marriage & Family Therapist, a rarity in the field. Dr. Fakhimi is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment and hopes to be a vessel for change for her patients, so they can live a happier and healthier lifestyle.
(424) 414-0139 View (424) 414-0139
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Meredith Murdock
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90042
At times life can feel challenging. Navigating relationships, work, family, or just day to day tasks can sometimes feel overwhelming and disheartening. It takes courage to reflect on ourselves, our experiences, and our life choices. I commend you for taking this step.
At times life can feel challenging. Navigating relationships, work, family, or just day to day tasks can sometimes feel overwhelming and disheartening. It takes courage to reflect on ourselves, our experiences, and our life choices. I commend you for taking this step.
(323) 615-2961 View (323) 615-2961
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Adriana Velasquez
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90015  (Online Only)
My name is Adriana Velasquez I am a Spanish-speaking licensed marriage and family therapist offering online counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. I have a variety of clinical interests; however, I specializes in anxiety, PTSD, depression, anger management, and relationship issues.
My name is Adriana Velasquez I am a Spanish-speaking licensed marriage and family therapist offering online counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. I have a variety of clinical interests; however, I specializes in anxiety, PTSD, depression, anger management, and relationship issues.
(213) 788-1420 View (213) 788-1420
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Brittany Aliado
Marriage & Family Therapist, Psy D
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Online Only)
It can be difficult to manage stressors, break-ups, job frustrations, and family dynamics but together we can improve your relationships and help you through difficult times.
I provide a safe and secure environment to explore experiences, gain insight and awareness to reach your goals. I believe that we all possess the necessary tools to overcome the challenges, difficulties, or changes in our lives. Often we struggle to find the tools we need in challenging times. I can assist you in recognizing and creating your tools in order for you to be successful in your life’s journey.
It can be difficult to manage stressors, break-ups, job frustrations, and family dynamics but together we can improve your relationships and help you through difficult times.
I provide a safe and secure environment to explore experiences, gain insight and awareness to reach your goals. I believe that we all possess the necessary tools to overcome the challenges, difficulties, or changes in our lives. Often we struggle to find the tools we need in challenging times. I can assist you in recognizing and creating your tools in order for you to be successful in your life’s journey.
(424) 363-9335 View (424) 363-9335
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AAP Dan Litov, PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in anxiety, stress, panic attacks and phobias, and use effective scientifically proven approaches - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR (& BLS).
**No need to keep on being tortured by your anxiety or panic attacks.** If you're reading this, it's likely you've reached bottom, and you've decided it's time for a helping hand- from someone who won't judge. Life's been hard enough. You might be wondering, "Who will -actually- help? Is there even any point? I can't afford to continue in this direction. Will I feel comfortable talking to someone I've just met?" After eighteen years of providing psychotherapy, I have a reputation for being down-to-earth, and easy to talk to, but have a knack for getting to the heart of the matter quickly.
I specialize in anxiety, stress, panic attacks and phobias, and use effective scientifically proven approaches - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and EMDR (& BLS).
**No need to keep on being tortured by your anxiety or panic attacks.** If you're reading this, it's likely you've reached bottom, and you've decided it's time for a helping hand- from someone who won't judge. Life's been hard enough. You might be wondering, "Who will -actually- help? Is there even any point? I can't afford to continue in this direction. Will I feel comfortable talking to someone I've just met?" After eighteen years of providing psychotherapy, I have a reputation for being down-to-earth, and easy to talk to, but have a knack for getting to the heart of the matter quickly.
(323) 570-4853 View (323) 570-4853
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Rachel Natasha Feldman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90036
A in Marriage & Family Therapy, believing that the optimal way to address the existential challenges most particular to our current social landscape hinges on our ability to address how we internalize broader social discourse at the local level of individual experience.
If you identify as Poly/Non-monogamous, Kinky/fetishistic, Queer/Trans, or Anti-capitalist you already know the tyrannical way normativity polices “others” who deviate from conventional cultural scripts. Even more so when your preferred expressions of intimacy and embodiment are deemed “problematic”. I do not equate “healthy” with “normal”, nor aim to be prescriptive about how you “ought“ to experience being in this world. Living along the fringes of normativity isn’t an easy choice. But it can be a worthy choice, fulfilling and purposeful! Yet it may also be accompanied by high costs that feel compromising to dignity & self-worth.
A in Marriage & Family Therapy, believing that the optimal way to address the existential challenges most particular to our current social landscape hinges on our ability to address how we internalize broader social discourse at the local level of individual experience.
If you identify as Poly/Non-monogamous, Kinky/fetishistic, Queer/Trans, or Anti-capitalist you already know the tyrannical way normativity polices “others” who deviate from conventional cultural scripts. Even more so when your preferred expressions of intimacy and embodiment are deemed “problematic”. I do not equate “healthy” with “normal”, nor aim to be prescriptive about how you “ought“ to experience being in this world. Living along the fringes of normativity isn’t an easy choice. But it can be a worthy choice, fulfilling and purposeful! Yet it may also be accompanied by high costs that feel compromising to dignity & self-worth.
(213) 674-2792 View (213) 674-2792
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Internal Family Systems Therapist Olivia Einbund
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Curious about your parts? Interested in IFS? I specialize in working with young adults discussing topics like: school, work, dating, family, friends, body image, alcohol, etc. I also specialize in grief, trauma, relationships, and parenting. Further, one of my favorite types of work is providing IFS therapy for therapists including associate therapists gaining hours. I offer both in person (West LA) and virtual sessions, and I have limited openings for new clients. I have experience working with a wide array of identities including: LGBTQ+ affirmative, BIPOC allied, health at every size, and neurodivergent allied.
Curious about your parts? Interested in IFS? I specialize in working with young adults discussing topics like: school, work, dating, family, friends, body image, alcohol, etc. I also specialize in grief, trauma, relationships, and parenting. Further, one of my favorite types of work is providing IFS therapy for therapists including associate therapists gaining hours. I offer both in person (West LA) and virtual sessions, and I have limited openings for new clients. I have experience working with a wide array of identities including: LGBTQ+ affirmative, BIPOC allied, health at every size, and neurodivergent allied.
(424) 622-8589 View (424) 622-8589
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Mary Gonzalez
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
I hope to create a safe therapeutic relationship, where you can be known, seen, and heard. I am here to empower you to tap into your abilities and strengths and help you to create a new path by challenging the barriers. I work with individuals and teens who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, grief and loss, life transitions, and relational/attachment wounds. My experience also includes working with the BIOPIC community, LGBTQIA+ community, first responders, veterans, and addicted family systems. I tailor therapy to my clients individual goals and needs and provide culturally competent mental health care.
I hope to create a safe therapeutic relationship, where you can be known, seen, and heard. I am here to empower you to tap into your abilities and strengths and help you to create a new path by challenging the barriers. I work with individuals and teens who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, grief and loss, life transitions, and relational/attachment wounds. My experience also includes working with the BIOPIC community, LGBTQIA+ community, first responders, veterans, and addicted family systems. I tailor therapy to my clients individual goals and needs and provide culturally competent mental health care.
(424) 667-2434 View (424) 667-2434
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Abeer A Othman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
, in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family therapy, and I am Licensed in sunny southern California.
I work collaboratively, my style is active and engaged with the intention of creating a safe environment to empower understanding, growth, and healing. I guide my clients by helping them modify their lives according to their needs and lifestyle.
, in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family therapy, and I am Licensed in sunny southern California.
I work collaboratively, my style is active and engaged with the intention of creating a safe environment to empower understanding, growth, and healing. I guide my clients by helping them modify their lives according to their needs and lifestyle.
(818) 835-4149 View (818) 835-4149
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Wonder Well Therapy - Sunny Cho
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, IFECMHS
Verified Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Yes, parenting feels hard, because it is hard. You are probably here because of your concerns for your child’s intense emotions and behaviors. It may be the tantrums that never seem to stop, or the biting and the hitting that feel too intense. It may be the rising anxiety and worries that your child is struggling with. Perhaps you feel depleted and lost from sifting through strategy after strategy while struggling to balance family life, relationships, work, and day-to-day chores. Has it been challenging for you to simply enjoy your child because you feel consumed by guilt, frustration, and worry as a parent? You are not alone.
Yes, parenting feels hard, because it is hard. You are probably here because of your concerns for your child’s intense emotions and behaviors. It may be the tantrums that never seem to stop, or the biting and the hitting that feel too intense. It may be the rising anxiety and worries that your child is struggling with. Perhaps you feel depleted and lost from sifting through strategy after strategy while struggling to balance family life, relationships, work, and day-to-day chores. Has it been challenging for you to simply enjoy your child because you feel consumed by guilt, frustration, and worry as a parent? You are not alone.
(323) 849-3035 View (323) 849-3035
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Family Therapy

What do family therapists do?

A family therapist facilitates the process of understanding and improving how a family functions. The therapist will help family members develop empathy for one another. They’ll seek to understand existing patterns, misunderstandings, and conflicts that arise, in order to help the family arrive at a realistic, unified understanding and develop the coping skills they need to build stronger relationships.

How long does therapy for families take to work?

Therapy manifests differently in every family; a common time frame is 12 weekly sessions, but some families may see improvement after just a few weeks. Families should discuss their goals with the therapist at the beginning of the process and periodically revisit those goals to assess their progress together.

How can you encourage a family member to attend family therapy?

You can encourage family members to attend therapy by expressing with both love and concern the challenges you see and explaining how a therapist could help the family navigate those challenges together. An outside perspective can help everyone feel heard, get on the same page, and develop new skills. If family members are still hesitant, it may be helpful to emphasize that family therapy is short-term—it won’t last forever.

Is therapy for families effective?

Family therapy can significantly improve family dynamics and relationships. Research suggests that family therapy can help individuals understand their role in the family, communicate and solve problems together, reduce conflict and draw boundaries when necessary, and develop coping skills for stressors, major life changes, and mental or physical illnesses within the family.