Family Therapy in San Diego, CA

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Valeh Bahram-Soltani
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
I am comfortable working with a variety of clients ranging in age and background. I have extensive experience with anxiety, grief, depression, difficulties with the process of divorce, trauma, family difficulties, relationship issues, school issues, difficulties with the military within military families and their unique experiences, and LGBTQ issues.
I am comfortable working with a variety of clients ranging in age and background. I have extensive experience with anxiety, grief, depression, difficulties with the process of divorce, trauma, family difficulties, relationship issues, school issues, difficulties with the military within military families and their unique experiences, and LGBTQ issues.
(619) 486-8091 View (619) 486-8091
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Jonathan Baker
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92138  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in helping individuals negatively affected by trauma, struggling with mood disorders like anxiety and depression, or feeling stuck in negative relational patterns (work/school, family, romantic, etc.
I have been in the counseling field for over 10 years, working with teens and adults, using evidence-based treatments to address a wide range of issues. I work using a multi-cultural and trauma-informed lens that allows me to understand your individual needs and meet you where you are in your journey. I am committed to providing an inclusive environment for all regardless of age, gender identity, race, health status, national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion.
I specialize in helping individuals negatively affected by trauma, struggling with mood disorders like anxiety and depression, or feeling stuck in negative relational patterns (work/school, family, romantic, etc.
I have been in the counseling field for over 10 years, working with teens and adults, using evidence-based treatments to address a wide range of issues. I work using a multi-cultural and trauma-informed lens that allows me to understand your individual needs and meet you where you are in your journey. I am committed to providing an inclusive environment for all regardless of age, gender identity, race, health status, national origin, relationship status, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion.
(619) 202-8956 View (619) 202-8956
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Center for Mental Wellness
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92130
We have two locations, where we provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), habit reversal training (HRT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and family therapy.
Whether you've had a long struggle with your emotions, or just want a little help overcoming a recent difficulty, finding the right person to help makes a big difference. We believe in combining compassion and empathy, with therapies that have been proven to work by clinical researchers. We teach children, teens, and adults effective skills for changing behaviors, and provide the support and encouragement needed along the way. Through this process, you can overcome feelings of depression, isolation, shame, and fear while also building confidence in your strengths and gaining tools to overcome future challenges.
We have two locations, where we provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for OCD, Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT), habit reversal training (HRT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and family therapy.
Whether you've had a long struggle with your emotions, or just want a little help overcoming a recent difficulty, finding the right person to help makes a big difference. We believe in combining compassion and empathy, with therapies that have been proven to work by clinical researchers. We teach children, teens, and adults effective skills for changing behaviors, and provide the support and encouragement needed along the way. Through this process, you can overcome feelings of depression, isolation, shame, and fear while also building confidence in your strengths and gaining tools to overcome future challenges.
(858) 461-9409 View (858) 461-9409
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Lamarre Edouard Jr
Counselor, MS, APCC
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92115
Welcome! My name is Lamarre and I’m an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. I believe a therapist’s role is to walk alongside clients in their journeys towards self-discovery, growth, and change. I believe holistic healing occurs through collaboration, honesty, and commitment. I practice therapy from a multicultural and intersectional lens to provide individualized care for each client. I have experience with with children, adults, and couples struggling with challenges ranging from interpersonal conflicts, identity, family, mental health, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and attachment.
Welcome! My name is Lamarre and I’m an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. I believe a therapist’s role is to walk alongside clients in their journeys towards self-discovery, growth, and change. I believe holistic healing occurs through collaboration, honesty, and commitment. I practice therapy from a multicultural and intersectional lens to provide individualized care for each client. I have experience with with children, adults, and couples struggling with challenges ranging from interpersonal conflicts, identity, family, mental health, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and attachment.
(619) 432-6273 View (619) 432-6273
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Kacey Truong
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92103
Do you struggle with anxiety and depression due to your childhood trauma? Are you having problems with your partner or family members due to life transition issues? Are you experiencing increased stress, fears, and doubts around the future? I believe that we all have the capacity to heal our emotional wounds and create meaningful changes. My goal as a therapist is to offer you a safe place in which you can process insights, concerns, and emotions associated with trauma.
Do you struggle with anxiety and depression due to your childhood trauma? Are you having problems with your partner or family members due to life transition issues? Are you experiencing increased stress, fears, and doubts around the future? I believe that we all have the capacity to heal our emotional wounds and create meaningful changes. My goal as a therapist is to offer you a safe place in which you can process insights, concerns, and emotions associated with trauma.
(760) 263-6896 View (760) 263-6896
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Joyce DeVera
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92127
Is your internal voice relentless and never stops the negative loop that plays over and over in your mind? Have you been subjected to trauma? Are you unsure how to navigate through each day with the pain you are experiencing and the unknowns of your future? Maybe you have always gravitated towards people or have family members that are not healthy for you but you see the best in them and lack the resources to put yourself first. You are exhausted because of the pain you hide and the inability to say "no". You try to run and hide from the BIG emotions that you are not ready or know how to face.
Is your internal voice relentless and never stops the negative loop that plays over and over in your mind? Have you been subjected to trauma? Are you unsure how to navigate through each day with the pain you are experiencing and the unknowns of your future? Maybe you have always gravitated towards people or have family members that are not healthy for you but you see the best in them and lack the resources to put yourself first. You are exhausted because of the pain you hide and the inability to say "no". You try to run and hide from the BIG emotions that you are not ready or know how to face.
(858) 771-2920 View (858) 771-2920
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Preventative Health for Happy Families!
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
*Early Childhood- Hands-on with Parent & Child; *Families Living with Illness/Injury- Managing its impact on the family unit.
I've had the joy of working with children and families for nearly 20 years. I also am the founder/owner of "Preventative Health for Happy Families!" a boutique group practice specializing in Military Families. We embrace the philosophy of resiliency and take a strength based approach to motivate change. In session, we help with the development of basic life skills: management of difficult feelings, stress reduction, effective communication, parenting techniques, practical goal-setting, or improved problem solving. The end result? Thriving individuals, satisfied couples, cohesive families and happy children!
*Early Childhood- Hands-on with Parent & Child; *Families Living with Illness/Injury- Managing its impact on the family unit.
I've had the joy of working with children and families for nearly 20 years. I also am the founder/owner of "Preventative Health for Happy Families!" a boutique group practice specializing in Military Families. We embrace the philosophy of resiliency and take a strength based approach to motivate change. In session, we help with the development of basic life skills: management of difficult feelings, stress reduction, effective communication, parenting techniques, practical goal-setting, or improved problem solving. The end result? Thriving individuals, satisfied couples, cohesive families and happy children!
(858) 633-8510 View (858) 633-8510
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Mikayla Weathers
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92115  (Online Only)
My specialties include individual and family therapy that focuses on healing relationships, creating purpose & meaning in your life, & healing from past trauma.
I believe through a therapeutic & safe relationship, you will have the ability to work though past & current struggles. Whether you find yourself having trouble in your relationships, are dealing with a substance related issue, are desiring a better connection with yourself, or are struggling with trauma, I know I can help you, help yourself. My passion is walking along side those suffering to encourage and support healing. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming & support those dealing with gender identity/expression issues; self, family, and community acceptance; & those pre, during & post transition.
My specialties include individual and family therapy that focuses on healing relationships, creating purpose & meaning in your life, & healing from past trauma.
I believe through a therapeutic & safe relationship, you will have the ability to work though past & current struggles. Whether you find yourself having trouble in your relationships, are dealing with a substance related issue, are desiring a better connection with yourself, or are struggling with trauma, I know I can help you, help yourself. My passion is walking along side those suffering to encourage and support healing. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming & support those dealing with gender identity/expression issues; self, family, and community acceptance; & those pre, during & post transition.
(619) 350-4755 View (619) 350-4755
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Yahnia Cordova
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92127
Welcome! My name is Yahnia Cordova, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the mental health field for over 10 years. My sessions are both reflective, holistic and informative. I've helped people with: anxiety; depression; adjustment difficulties; communication break-down; past trauma; difficulty setting boundaries; bi-cultural differences and parenting dilemmas. I am bilingual, speak fluent Spanish and truly enjoy working with diverse clients. I am integrating holistic, emotionally focused, CBT, person-centered, art therapy, and play therapy approaches to provide a customized therapeutic experience for my clients.
Welcome! My name is Yahnia Cordova, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the mental health field for over 10 years. My sessions are both reflective, holistic and informative. I've helped people with: anxiety; depression; adjustment difficulties; communication break-down; past trauma; difficulty setting boundaries; bi-cultural differences and parenting dilemmas. I am bilingual, speak fluent Spanish and truly enjoy working with diverse clients. I am integrating holistic, emotionally focused, CBT, person-centered, art therapy, and play therapy approaches to provide a customized therapeutic experience for my clients.
(858) 330-0207 View (858) 330-0207
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Caroline Myra Loretan
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92117
Waitlist for new clients
I enjoy working with issues related to parenting and the challenges that come with it, on a personal, marital and family level and help parents build strong and healthy relationships with their children.
It does take courage to set up that first appointment, and the fit between therapist and client is an important one for the success of therapy. I encourage my clients to ask questions and express concerns about therapy and determine whether my approach and style are a good fit for you. Some common reasons people seek therapy have to do with self-exploration, how to communicate better with people, and how to cope with stressful life situations. My approach is a collaborative one and goal oriented. My focus is to support you find healthier coping skills to manage the challenging situations life might bring.
I enjoy working with issues related to parenting and the challenges that come with it, on a personal, marital and family level and help parents build strong and healthy relationships with their children.
It does take courage to set up that first appointment, and the fit between therapist and client is an important one for the success of therapy. I encourage my clients to ask questions and express concerns about therapy and determine whether my approach and style are a good fit for you. Some common reasons people seek therapy have to do with self-exploration, how to communicate better with people, and how to cope with stressful life situations. My approach is a collaborative one and goal oriented. My focus is to support you find healthier coping skills to manage the challenging situations life might bring.
(619) 722-3315 View (619) 722-3315
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Patrizia I Spiga
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110
I specialize in the practice of marriage and family therapy and am experienced in assisting parents to resolve difficulties with their children as they go through developmental stages.
Are you a people-pleasing person? Afraid of hurting others' feelings by saying no to them? Do you chronically worry, feel depressed and irritable? Do you experience explosive anger towards your family? Anxiety may make you feel tense and have uncomfortable physical sensations such as racing heartbeat, nausea, or difficulty breathing. In a supportive environment, I can teach you skills to discover why anxiety, or low self-confidence and fear of independence control your life. We'll focus on understanding the source of these and other challenges so that with a new awareness you may reclaim your real self.
I specialize in the practice of marriage and family therapy and am experienced in assisting parents to resolve difficulties with their children as they go through developmental stages.
Are you a people-pleasing person? Afraid of hurting others' feelings by saying no to them? Do you chronically worry, feel depressed and irritable? Do you experience explosive anger towards your family? Anxiety may make you feel tense and have uncomfortable physical sensations such as racing heartbeat, nausea, or difficulty breathing. In a supportive environment, I can teach you skills to discover why anxiety, or low self-confidence and fear of independence control your life. We'll focus on understanding the source of these and other challenges so that with a new awareness you may reclaim your real self.
(619) 357-4104 View (619) 357-4104
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Cassidy O'Brien
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92130  (Online Only)
I work with children and teens of all ages, and specialize in working with “littles” (ages 0-5), with extensive training in early childhood mental health. I specialize in helping children cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult life transitions, and often take a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach adaptive coping skills to help kids manage challenges. I approach my work with children by viewing them in the context of the whole family, using a family-systems lens and attachment-based approach to strengthen family relationships and to support parents in developing tools to feel equipped to manage behavioral challenges.
I work with children and teens of all ages, and specialize in working with “littles” (ages 0-5), with extensive training in early childhood mental health. I specialize in helping children cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficult life transitions, and often take a cognitive-behavioral approach to teach adaptive coping skills to help kids manage challenges. I approach my work with children by viewing them in the context of the whole family, using a family-systems lens and attachment-based approach to strengthen family relationships and to support parents in developing tools to feel equipped to manage behavioral challenges.
(858) 544-3412 View (858) 544-3412
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Christina (Heymoss) Perez
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92110
Since I am not ‘you,’ your partner, or your family, I can offer you a different way of thinking about things that may encourage you to try new avenues or respond differently to situations, making life hopefully the slightest bit better.
I saw from a young age the power of relationships. The power of the relationship dynamic between a friend and I, the power of the relationship between my twin brother and my mom, the power of the relationship between my best friend and her boyfriend. Relationships are fascinating; the way they bind us together in a loving way, the way they bring out our deepest vulnerabilities, and the way that they create deep pain and anxiety. To be able to go on a journey with those working towards healthier relationships with others, themselves, and even their own anxiety and depression, is truly a blessing.
Since I am not ‘you,’ your partner, or your family, I can offer you a different way of thinking about things that may encourage you to try new avenues or respond differently to situations, making life hopefully the slightest bit better.
I saw from a young age the power of relationships. The power of the relationship dynamic between a friend and I, the power of the relationship between my twin brother and my mom, the power of the relationship between my best friend and her boyfriend. Relationships are fascinating; the way they bind us together in a loving way, the way they bring out our deepest vulnerabilities, and the way that they create deep pain and anxiety. To be able to go on a journey with those working towards healthier relationships with others, themselves, and even their own anxiety and depression, is truly a blessing.
(619) 719-1341 View (619) 719-1341
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Koalani Lahr
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92159  (Online Only)
Life can feel messy and just plain hard sometimes. Stress, anxiety, big life changes, family and relationship issues- it can be a lot to manage. If you desire change and you hope for something better; to feel a sense of balance and emotional wellbeing, but don’t know where to start- I can help. I specialize in anxiety; stress management, positive discipline, and feel deeply passionate about helping new and seasoned parents navigate parenthood. I also have special knowledge in maternal mental health, and will support postpartum challenges and experiences affecting women and their partners during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Life can feel messy and just plain hard sometimes. Stress, anxiety, big life changes, family and relationship issues- it can be a lot to manage. If you desire change and you hope for something better; to feel a sense of balance and emotional wellbeing, but don’t know where to start- I can help. I specialize in anxiety; stress management, positive discipline, and feel deeply passionate about helping new and seasoned parents navigate parenthood. I also have special knowledge in maternal mental health, and will support postpartum challenges and experiences affecting women and their partners during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
(619) 597-2349 View (619) 597-2349
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Sean Brannan
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, CHT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92108
Sean Brannan is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapist (CHt), & Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT#106207), specializing in hypnotherapy and relationship counseling. He works with men, women, couples, young adults and children. His work helps facilitate powerful life changes focused on the creation of a more meaningful, fulfilling life. "Our life's experiences are determined by a continual interaction of our mind, bodies, spirit, emotions, and relationships. Awareness and acceptance of these aspects of who we are is the key to creating an amazing life's journey".
Sean Brannan is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapist (CHt), & Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT#106207), specializing in hypnotherapy and relationship counseling. He works with men, women, couples, young adults and children. His work helps facilitate powerful life changes focused on the creation of a more meaningful, fulfilling life. "Our life's experiences are determined by a continual interaction of our mind, bodies, spirit, emotions, and relationships. Awareness and acceptance of these aspects of who we are is the key to creating an amazing life's journey".
(619) 717-8591 View (619) 717-8591
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Shawna McGrath
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92116  (Online Only)
You may be experiencing disconnection from yourself, marked by depression, anxiety, confusion, or simply feeling that something is "off" or missing in life. I offer depth psychotherapy for these issues and more. Reconnect with yourself and resolve long held troubling patterns in your life around relationships, self-esteem, family dynamics, or anything else that needs attention and care. In psychotherapy, we work together to understand your situation at a deeper level for insight and transformation.
You may be experiencing disconnection from yourself, marked by depression, anxiety, confusion, or simply feeling that something is "off" or missing in life. I offer depth psychotherapy for these issues and more. Reconnect with yourself and resolve long held troubling patterns in your life around relationships, self-esteem, family dynamics, or anything else that needs attention and care. In psychotherapy, we work together to understand your situation at a deeper level for insight and transformation.
(619) 759-6307 View (619) 759-6307
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Natalie Hennig
Psychological Associate, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
Life is tough and we all need a place to rest. I give youth, adults and families rest by creating a warm and inviting place to share their struggles. I listen to what has or has not worked in order to identify your strengths. We collaborate on goals and create a plan to overcome any struggles so you can be successful and confident now and in the future. Each child and family brings their own story to therapy and requires me to be flexible and creative. With young children, I work to enhance the parent-child relationship through positive, warm interactions and help the parent establish appropriate and firm boundaries.
Life is tough and we all need a place to rest. I give youth, adults and families rest by creating a warm and inviting place to share their struggles. I listen to what has or has not worked in order to identify your strengths. We collaborate on goals and create a plan to overcome any struggles so you can be successful and confident now and in the future. Each child and family brings their own story to therapy and requires me to be flexible and creative. With young children, I work to enhance the parent-child relationship through positive, warm interactions and help the parent establish appropriate and firm boundaries.
(760) 239-5537 View (760) 239-5537
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Ana Maldonado
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92123
My name is Ana Maldonado and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Ventura, California. I am currently working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults, adolescents, and families, and specialize in anxiety, stress, and family conflict. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Strength Based Therapy to help my clients make progress and start feeling better.
My name is Ana Maldonado and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) based in Ventura, California. I am currently working with clients statewide via telehealth. I work with adults, adolescents, and families, and specialize in anxiety, stress, and family conflict. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Strength Based Therapy to help my clients make progress and start feeling better.
(858) 544-5515 View (858) 544-5515
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Baya L Mebarek
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
I can help you learn to develop and sustain the relationship you have always wanted, re-discover the love that brought you together, heal the wounds that have severed your bond re-build the trust and intimacy, communicate honestly and respectfully, handle and resolve conflicts in a way that brings you closer to one another, and build shared meaning, and purpose for you and your family. Although challenging at times, making the decision to enter into therapy may help you move beyond your relationship pain and challenges and help you live your life more confidently, more passionately and more fully.
I can help you learn to develop and sustain the relationship you have always wanted, re-discover the love that brought you together, heal the wounds that have severed your bond re-build the trust and intimacy, communicate honestly and respectfully, handle and resolve conflicts in a way that brings you closer to one another, and build shared meaning, and purpose for you and your family. Although challenging at times, making the decision to enter into therapy may help you move beyond your relationship pain and challenges and help you live your life more confidently, more passionately and more fully.
(858) 905-5966 View (858) 905-5966
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Matthew Paul Paez
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
I specialize in trauma/PTSD, substance use, military, LEOs, self-defeating behaviors, anger mastery, family of origin issues, marriage/couples counseling, emotional stability, family counseling, parenting, rebuilding healthy relationships and behaviors.
Hello. I am Matthew Paez, ASW. I believe in providing evidenced based psychological treatments from a holistic and person-centered approach. After retiring from the Marine Corps, I graduated from USC and trained at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. I like helping clients conquer difficulties with proven treatments that allow you to engage life with a peaceful mind, a healthy outlook, and joy. We'll learn how to stop white knuckling life's problems and proudly use new and effective techniques to engage our family, friends, and co-workers with. Call me for a free consult or I can help match you with one of our therapists.
I specialize in trauma/PTSD, substance use, military, LEOs, self-defeating behaviors, anger mastery, family of origin issues, marriage/couples counseling, emotional stability, family counseling, parenting, rebuilding healthy relationships and behaviors.
Hello. I am Matthew Paez, ASW. I believe in providing evidenced based psychological treatments from a holistic and person-centered approach. After retiring from the Marine Corps, I graduated from USC and trained at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. I like helping clients conquer difficulties with proven treatments that allow you to engage life with a peaceful mind, a healthy outlook, and joy. We'll learn how to stop white knuckling life's problems and proudly use new and effective techniques to engage our family, friends, and co-workers with. Call me for a free consult or I can help match you with one of our therapists.
(619) 375-5063 View (619) 375-5063

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.