Family Therapy in Jacksonville, FL

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Joe Mack Bankhead
Pastoral Counselor, PhD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32218
The fundamental goal of counseling is to help individuals, who are experiencing personal challenges, resolve them and improve their emotional well-being. My mission is to help people who are struggling to overcome various issues such as addiction, anxiety, depression, anger, fear, and grief. These issues can impact career, health, education, and family life. I believe that compassion and empathy are essential qualities that every counselor should have toward their clients. My practice is built on those essential qualities.
The fundamental goal of counseling is to help individuals, who are experiencing personal challenges, resolve them and improve their emotional well-being. My mission is to help people who are struggling to overcome various issues such as addiction, anxiety, depression, anger, fear, and grief. These issues can impact career, health, education, and family life. I believe that compassion and empathy are essential qualities that every counselor should have toward their clients. My practice is built on those essential qualities.
(833) 706-5459 View (833) 706-5459
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Moriah White Pender
Counselor, MA, LAPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32258
I pay attention to the family dynamics, physical well-being, social, cultural, economic factors and spirituality of each client.
New to therapy? Great. Tried 10 different therapists? Cool! My ideal client is anyone who is wanting to better themself. I think the most important factor in therapy is building a warm, welcoming therapeutic relationship. If you can't feel comfortable in therapy, no real work will be done. Let's get to know each other and work together to accomplish your goals!
I pay attention to the family dynamics, physical well-being, social, cultural, economic factors and spirituality of each client.
New to therapy? Great. Tried 10 different therapists? Cool! My ideal client is anyone who is wanting to better themself. I think the most important factor in therapy is building a warm, welcoming therapeutic relationship. If you can't feel comfortable in therapy, no real work will be done. Let's get to know each other and work together to accomplish your goals!
(904) 842-3088 View (904) 842-3088
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Christy Brown
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
9 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32210  (Online Only)
I do a lot of work with people who are highly sensitive, people who have experienced past trauma, and family conflict.
Making the choice to come to therapy is an important decision. Apart from the clinical training and skill of your counselor, the most important part of your experience is the therapeutic relationship. Most people who come to counseling need to talk about things that can be hard to talk about with someone else. I understand that, and this is why I put so much importance on building a trusting relationship. In order for you to say everything exactly how you mean it and to express yourself fully, you need to feel genuinely safe and free from judgment.
I do a lot of work with people who are highly sensitive, people who have experienced past trauma, and family conflict.
Making the choice to come to therapy is an important decision. Apart from the clinical training and skill of your counselor, the most important part of your experience is the therapeutic relationship. Most people who come to counseling need to talk about things that can be hard to talk about with someone else. I understand that, and this is why I put so much importance on building a trusting relationship. In order for you to say everything exactly how you mean it and to express yourself fully, you need to feel genuinely safe and free from judgment.
(904) 638-6407 View (904) 638-6407
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Transformation Counseling Services, LLC
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Transformation Counseling Services, LLC is a private counseling practice that provides affordable and confidential services to individuals, couples, and families. We understand that life can be difficult and challenging at times. We are here to assist you in making positive changes so that you can enjoy life again. Our therapists have experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, relationship difficulties, and family conflict. We offer a supportive environment where you can feel safe to explore your thoughts and feelings.
Transformation Counseling Services, LLC is a private counseling practice that provides affordable and confidential services to individuals, couples, and families. We understand that life can be difficult and challenging at times. We are here to assist you in making positive changes so that you can enjoy life again. Our therapists have experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, relationship difficulties, and family conflict. We offer a supportive environment where you can feel safe to explore your thoughts and feelings.
(904) 531-0648 x904776 View (904) 531-0648 x904776
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Kate Pompei
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Kate. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and have been working in the counseling field since 2010. I enjoy working with couples, individuals, and families. My therapeutic focuses are Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, and Substance Use. I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Couples Therapy, Relational, Structural Family Therapy, and Grief Therapy. I like the therapeutic goals to be determined collaboratively with myself and the client. I believe in creating a space where we can have difficult conversations and work on resolving issues.
Hi, I'm Kate. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and have been working in the counseling field since 2010. I enjoy working with couples, individuals, and families. My therapeutic focuses are Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, and Substance Use. I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Couples Therapy, Relational, Structural Family Therapy, and Grief Therapy. I like the therapeutic goals to be determined collaboratively with myself and the client. I believe in creating a space where we can have difficult conversations and work on resolving issues.
(904) 593-4910 View (904) 593-4910
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Christy Holliday
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256
I have extensive training and study in Mind Body Pain Psychology, Internal Family Systems, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment Theory and Somatic Experiencing.
My desire is to provide each client the opportunity to find HOPE. Hope for understanding, healing and growth. Hope for freedom, joy, and peace. Hope for wholeness and real, true rest. The truth is, life is hard. We often find ourselves confused, disillusioned, disappointed, angry, sad, afraid, addicted or simply numb to it all. The process of counseling can and does often lead a person to a place of newfound hope, where one can experience the broken parts of their stories and relationships restored.
I have extensive training and study in Mind Body Pain Psychology, Internal Family Systems, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment Theory and Somatic Experiencing.
My desire is to provide each client the opportunity to find HOPE. Hope for understanding, healing and growth. Hope for freedom, joy, and peace. Hope for wholeness and real, true rest. The truth is, life is hard. We often find ourselves confused, disillusioned, disappointed, angry, sad, afraid, addicted or simply numb to it all. The process of counseling can and does often lead a person to a place of newfound hope, where one can experience the broken parts of their stories and relationships restored.
(352) 478-4519 View (352) 478-4519
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Melissa Brown
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32204
I have 12 years’ experience counseling all backgrounds and ages including men, women, mothers, professionals, veterans, and teens who have dealt with anxiety, depression, addiction, family and career issues, etc.
Have you been wondering what it would be like to have a life where it is not difficult to get through your day? A life where you are able to get out of bed easily each morning, have healthy personal and professional relationships, and manage any negative thoughts, feelings or behaviors? Your current mental health issues may be making all of that seem impossible, but by working on those same issues within the safe and judgement free environment I create for all of my clients, you can find that this becomes more and more of your reality each day.
I have 12 years’ experience counseling all backgrounds and ages including men, women, mothers, professionals, veterans, and teens who have dealt with anxiety, depression, addiction, family and career issues, etc.
Have you been wondering what it would be like to have a life where it is not difficult to get through your day? A life where you are able to get out of bed easily each morning, have healthy personal and professional relationships, and manage any negative thoughts, feelings or behaviors? Your current mental health issues may be making all of that seem impossible, but by working on those same issues within the safe and judgement free environment I create for all of my clients, you can find that this becomes more and more of your reality each day.
(904) 454-8452 View (904) 454-8452
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Dr. Kristen Montiel
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32221  (Online Only)
I know it's not easy but I'm so glad you're here! After experiencing my own struggles with family and relationships, I set out to help others who also felt stuck.
Accepting NEW clients in FL & CA. Hi, I'm Dr. Kristen Montiel. Are you feeling stuck in the same cycle? Do you keep trying to find solutions but they don't seem to work? Do you crave change and a happier, healthier version of yourself? With over 15 years of experience, my focus is helping individuals and couples understand themselves and use their own strengths to discover healing, even in the most difficult circumstances. I provide a non-judgmental space where clients can feel comfortable to work through challenges, hurt and disconnect, while developing new perspectives, learning new skills, and creating sustainable change.
I know it's not easy but I'm so glad you're here! After experiencing my own struggles with family and relationships, I set out to help others who also felt stuck.
Accepting NEW clients in FL & CA. Hi, I'm Dr. Kristen Montiel. Are you feeling stuck in the same cycle? Do you keep trying to find solutions but they don't seem to work? Do you crave change and a happier, healthier version of yourself? With over 15 years of experience, my focus is helping individuals and couples understand themselves and use their own strengths to discover healing, even in the most difficult circumstances. I provide a non-judgmental space where clients can feel comfortable to work through challenges, hurt and disconnect, while developing new perspectives, learning new skills, and creating sustainable change.
(904) 560-6425 View (904) 560-6425
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Lori Driscoll Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I provide individual, family, and couples therapy to clients of all ages and have focused my practice on child/adolescent mental health.
Everyone has moments where life's challenges can be overwhelming and feel like they are too much to handle. During these times choosing a therapist for yourself or loved one can be a very important decision. I am dedicated to providing quality, professional, and compassionate services in a safe supportive environment. I cover a wide variety of issues for children, adolescents, parents, individuals, and couples. I also offer an eclectic combination of therapeutic approaches. I take a client centered approach to ensure a coordinated effort in hopes of providing clients an improvement in quality of life, opportunity for growth, and a new found hope.
I provide individual, family, and couples therapy to clients of all ages and have focused my practice on child/adolescent mental health.
Everyone has moments where life's challenges can be overwhelming and feel like they are too much to handle. During these times choosing a therapist for yourself or loved one can be a very important decision. I am dedicated to providing quality, professional, and compassionate services in a safe supportive environment. I cover a wide variety of issues for children, adolescents, parents, individuals, and couples. I also offer an eclectic combination of therapeutic approaches. I take a client centered approach to ensure a coordinated effort in hopes of providing clients an improvement in quality of life, opportunity for growth, and a new found hope.
(904) 584-3689 View (904) 584-3689
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Teresa Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, CCPT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32216
I specialize in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and the Gottman Method.
Are you struggling with life's daily challenges? Do you feel inadequate and can't measure up, no matter how hard you try? Are you having difficulty coping with a recent loss? Have you poured all of yourself into others & now find yourself empty? Do you feel all alone & that no one understands you? I'm here to help you gain the tools needed to manage daily life more effectively so you can live a happier, more satisfying & fulfilling life. I specialize in working with adult individuals who are looking to find relief from the symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, negative relationships, grief, & trauma.
I specialize in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) and the Gottman Method.
Are you struggling with life's daily challenges? Do you feel inadequate and can't measure up, no matter how hard you try? Are you having difficulty coping with a recent loss? Have you poured all of yourself into others & now find yourself empty? Do you feel all alone & that no one understands you? I'm here to help you gain the tools needed to manage daily life more effectively so you can live a happier, more satisfying & fulfilling life. I specialize in working with adult individuals who are looking to find relief from the symptoms of anxiety, depression, PTSD, negative relationships, grief, & trauma.
(904) 606-9358 View (904) 606-9358
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Von'Shea Banks
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32218  (Online Only)
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I am dedicated to providing a supportive and empathetic space for individuals and couples facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal struggles, relationship conflicts, and phase of life issues. With a compassionate approach, I aim to collaboratively navigate these difficulties, fostering personal growth and enhancing the overall well-being of my clients. My commitment to creating a non-judgmental environment and utilizing evidence-based therapeutic techniques allows me to tailor interventions to the unique needs of each individual or relationship.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I am dedicated to providing a supportive and empathetic space for individuals and couples facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, interpersonal struggles, relationship conflicts, and phase of life issues. With a compassionate approach, I aim to collaboratively navigate these difficulties, fostering personal growth and enhancing the overall well-being of my clients. My commitment to creating a non-judgmental environment and utilizing evidence-based therapeutic techniques allows me to tailor interventions to the unique needs of each individual or relationship.
(904) 344-0452 View (904) 344-0452
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Juanita C Bruno
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32216
At Empowered Family Therapy Services, we offer a supportive, non-judgmental approach - to enhance personal strengths, decrease maladaptive patterns and empower a greater sense of authenticity that encompasses well-being and balance in your life and your relationships.
I have over 15 years of experience servicing a variety of dynamics such as mother-daughter, husband-wife, and fiances preparing for a more committed relationship, and overall family dynamics. I provide a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere where you can openly examine specific areas of concerns and flourish while breaching unsupportive and rigid pattern of interacting with others. I serve a limited number of individuals/families each day to ensure that you receive the individualized attention you deserve."
At Empowered Family Therapy Services, we offer a supportive, non-judgmental approach - to enhance personal strengths, decrease maladaptive patterns and empower a greater sense of authenticity that encompasses well-being and balance in your life and your relationships.
I have over 15 years of experience servicing a variety of dynamics such as mother-daughter, husband-wife, and fiances preparing for a more committed relationship, and overall family dynamics. I provide a supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere where you can openly examine specific areas of concerns and flourish while breaching unsupportive and rigid pattern of interacting with others. I serve a limited number of individuals/families each day to ensure that you receive the individualized attention you deserve."
(904) 587-2229 View (904) 587-2229
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Adam Norman Tharkur
Counselor, LMHC, NCC, MCAP, CHT, QS(FL)
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256
I believe that everyone deserves an environment where they feel comfortable enough to discuss their beliefs and feelings without judgment. I apply several theoretical orientations such as, but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory in my practice to best meet my clients' individual needs. I work on building a strong therapeutic relationship using empathy and non-judgmental, goal-oriented approaches which assist client's treatment outcome.
I believe that everyone deserves an environment where they feel comfortable enough to discuss their beliefs and feelings without judgment. I apply several theoretical orientations such as, but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory in my practice to best meet my clients' individual needs. I work on building a strong therapeutic relationship using empathy and non-judgmental, goal-oriented approaches which assist client's treatment outcome.
(863) 845-1568 View (863) 845-1568
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Joan Thurston
Counselor, EdD, LCPC-S, LMHC, CCM
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32223
Not accepting new clients
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in Florida. I am also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor/Supervisor in the State of Maryland. I have 28+ years of experience as a therapist in the mental health field. Counseling services include individual, group, and family therapy for those struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, family conflict, self-esteem, life transitions, grief, trauma, and a variety of other issues and disorders that impact daily living.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in Florida. I am also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor/Supervisor in the State of Maryland. I have 28+ years of experience as a therapist in the mental health field. Counseling services include individual, group, and family therapy for those struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, family conflict, self-esteem, life transitions, grief, trauma, and a variety of other issues and disorders that impact daily living.
(904) 468-6563 View (904) 468-6563
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Isil Tugce Sareyyupoglu
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32256
Hello! I would like to guide you through your personal healing journey with the help of your unique life narratives, focusing on solutions. I do Couples, Family and Children Therapies, specializing in Art Therapy. I am also a Certified Health Coach; I could help you have a healthy life style, eating and living habits.
Hello! I would like to guide you through your personal healing journey with the help of your unique life narratives, focusing on solutions. I do Couples, Family and Children Therapies, specializing in Art Therapy. I am also a Certified Health Coach; I could help you have a healthy life style, eating and living habits.
(904) 409-3875 View (904) 409-3875
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Deborah Wood Hanna
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32207  (Online Only)
For over 30 years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving individual, couple, family and group therapy clients.
Many of us today are finding life’s challenges overwhelming, and may be feeling unsettled and anxious, or down and depressed. We may feel that our relationships are suffering, or that our deeper traumas have been triggered, making it difficult to cope.
For over 30 years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving individual, couple, family and group therapy clients.
Many of us today are finding life’s challenges overwhelming, and may be feeling unsettled and anxious, or down and depressed. We may feel that our relationships are suffering, or that our deeper traumas have been triggered, making it difficult to cope.
(904) 694-5363 View (904) 694-5363
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Dina Rachelle Milum
LMHC, PhD
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32244  (Online Only)
Taking the first step is usually the most difficult part. The decision to try therapy takes courage; but can result in the promise of hope for change, insight, a new direction and then finally solutions. Dina's work has been described as insight-oriented, cognitive behavioral, relational and free from blame or guilt. With over 25 years experience she has worked with a wide variety of clients and client issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, family relationship difficulties, social anxiety, phase of life problems as well many other issues.
Taking the first step is usually the most difficult part. The decision to try therapy takes courage; but can result in the promise of hope for change, insight, a new direction and then finally solutions. Dina's work has been described as insight-oriented, cognitive behavioral, relational and free from blame or guilt. With over 25 years experience she has worked with a wide variety of clients and client issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, family relationship difficulties, social anxiety, phase of life problems as well many other issues.
(904) 760-0278 View (904) 760-0278
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Linda Hart Streeter
Marriage & Family Therapist, DCC, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32256
My work includes a combined 20 years experience as a behavior, life and relationship coach, marriage & family therapist, family mediator, instructor and group facilitator.
If you lack confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy, problems in your marriage, challenged with maintaining healthy intimate or family relationships, experiencing constant conflict, divorce/relationship recovery, anxiety or depression, we have solutions. As a practitioner, I use assessments; talk therapy; individual, couples and family modalities such as life skills classes, psychotherapy groups, family circles for conflict resolutions and other solution-focused approaches to help achieve your goals. Our number one goal is to help you experience healing, hope and inspiration for a radiant living life, leaving a healthy legacy.
My work includes a combined 20 years experience as a behavior, life and relationship coach, marriage & family therapist, family mediator, instructor and group facilitator.
If you lack confidence, self-esteem, self-efficacy, problems in your marriage, challenged with maintaining healthy intimate or family relationships, experiencing constant conflict, divorce/relationship recovery, anxiety or depression, we have solutions. As a practitioner, I use assessments; talk therapy; individual, couples and family modalities such as life skills classes, psychotherapy groups, family circles for conflict resolutions and other solution-focused approaches to help achieve your goals. Our number one goal is to help you experience healing, hope and inspiration for a radiant living life, leaving a healthy legacy.
(904) 637-7936 View (904) 637-7936
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Dr. Tabitha Johnson
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Jacksonville, FL 32257
I am a specialist in the field of marriage and family issues, with both master's and doctorate degrees in marriage and family therapy and over 12 years of experience in the field.
Are you facing the possibility of a marriage or relationship breakup? Do you excel in many areas of life, but have issues in your romantic relationship? Do you feel stuck, and don't know how to fix things? If you're struggling with communication, conflict resolution, infidelity, or intimacy problems, I'd love to help you get things back on track and help you experience the thriving love life you deserve. I've helped hundreds of couples headed toward divorce fall in love again and experience a successful marriage, and I'd love to help you too.
I am a specialist in the field of marriage and family issues, with both master's and doctorate degrees in marriage and family therapy and over 12 years of experience in the field.
Are you facing the possibility of a marriage or relationship breakup? Do you excel in many areas of life, but have issues in your romantic relationship? Do you feel stuck, and don't know how to fix things? If you're struggling with communication, conflict resolution, infidelity, or intimacy problems, I'd love to help you get things back on track and help you experience the thriving love life you deserve. I've helped hundreds of couples headed toward divorce fall in love again and experience a successful marriage, and I'd love to help you too.
(904) 503-6256 View (904) 503-6256
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TheraFit
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified Verified
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Migliara is a Florida and New York Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a National and State Certified Addictions Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
At TheraFit we help our clients learn to Live Well. Live Free. Live MentalFit. Through our services and programs, you will experience the GAINS (Growth mindset, Accept your authentic self, Invest time in you, Never give up, Success awaits) you have been searching for to live a life you deserve. TheraFit offers Individual, Couples and Marriage Counseling, Performance Coaching, an Intensive MentalFit Program, and Leadership Trainings and Seminars to businesses. Contact us today to learn more and start the next chapter of your journey today!
Migliara is a Florida and New York Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a National and State Certified Addictions Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
At TheraFit we help our clients learn to Live Well. Live Free. Live MentalFit. Through our services and programs, you will experience the GAINS (Growth mindset, Accept your authentic self, Invest time in you, Never give up, Success awaits) you have been searching for to live a life you deserve. TheraFit offers Individual, Couples and Marriage Counseling, Performance Coaching, an Intensive MentalFit Program, and Leadership Trainings and Seminars to businesses. Contact us today to learn more and start the next chapter of your journey today!
(904) 769-5426 View (904) 769-5426

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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.