Family Therapy in Columbus, OH

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Angela Jerome
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43235
Not accepting new clients
I use an integrative approach heavily influenced by the Internal Family Systems model, and I’m trained in trauma-informed care and EMDR.
The stigma surrounding mental health care is finally starting to dissipate. It is my hope that preemptive counseling will eventually become as routine as annual trips to a primary care doctor. There’s much yet to be learned about the uncharted depths of the emotional world. The best place to start is in your own life. By doing your own work, you naturally pave the way for someone else to do theirs. Why not start today? If you’re stuck on your own path toward health, in a struggling relationship, or simply want to develop greater self-awareness, it’d be my honor to work with you.
I use an integrative approach heavily influenced by the Internal Family Systems model, and I’m trained in trauma-informed care and EMDR.
The stigma surrounding mental health care is finally starting to dissipate. It is my hope that preemptive counseling will eventually become as routine as annual trips to a primary care doctor. There’s much yet to be learned about the uncharted depths of the emotional world. The best place to start is in your own life. By doing your own work, you naturally pave the way for someone else to do theirs. Why not start today? If you’re stuck on your own path toward health, in a struggling relationship, or simply want to develop greater self-awareness, it’d be my honor to work with you.
(380) 201-9457 View (380) 201-9457
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Marla Antunes
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43220
Marla always finds time to keep in touch with her close-knit Pittsburgh family through regularly scheduled virtual game nights.
Marla Antunes is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has graduated with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University. She aspires to create a warm and welcoming environment where she uses empirically-based techniques to help clients work towards their individual goals. She is under the supervision of Seth Evans LPCC-S.
Marla always finds time to keep in touch with her close-knit Pittsburgh family through regularly scheduled virtual game nights.
Marla Antunes is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has graduated with her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Case Western Reserve University. She aspires to create a warm and welcoming environment where she uses empirically-based techniques to help clients work towards their individual goals. She is under the supervision of Seth Evans LPCC-S.
(614) 459-3003 x815 View (614) 459-3003 x815
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Connor Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43230
Within the session Connor also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems.
Connor is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who obtained his Bachelor’s of Social Work and Master’s of Social Work Degrees from The Ohio State University. Connor sees clients 18 and above but specializes in work with young adults. He works with clients struggling with issues related to anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, and managing life transitions. Connor takes an existential approach to therapy, working with clients to explore themselves and to ask the deep questions of life, meaning, and fulfillment.
Within the session Connor also utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems.
Connor is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who obtained his Bachelor’s of Social Work and Master’s of Social Work Degrees from The Ohio State University. Connor sees clients 18 and above but specializes in work with young adults. He works with clients struggling with issues related to anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, and managing life transitions. Connor takes an existential approach to therapy, working with clients to explore themselves and to ask the deep questions of life, meaning, and fulfillment.
(614) 629-8809 View (614) 629-8809
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Alexis Wellman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43205
Other issues that clients frequently discuss in session include: life transitions, grief and loss, work stress, relationship and family conflict, low self-worth, intimacy issues, and exploration of sexuality or gender identity.
Do you spend time thinking about the past or constantly worried about the future? Do you seek to know yourself better? I help people change the habits and behaviors that are not serving them, so they can lead more peaceful and balanced lives here in the present moment. We will work together to understand how your past informs who you are now, but does not define it. I help clients identify their negative thinking patterns that have kept them stuck in their lives. Together we will generate new, rational alternatives that will help you gain perspective about the life you want to be living.
Other issues that clients frequently discuss in session include: life transitions, grief and loss, work stress, relationship and family conflict, low self-worth, intimacy issues, and exploration of sexuality or gender identity.
Do you spend time thinking about the past or constantly worried about the future? Do you seek to know yourself better? I help people change the habits and behaviors that are not serving them, so they can lead more peaceful and balanced lives here in the present moment. We will work together to understand how your past informs who you are now, but does not define it. I help clients identify their negative thinking patterns that have kept them stuck in their lives. Together we will generate new, rational alternatives that will help you gain perspective about the life you want to be living.
(614) 412-3620 View (614) 412-3620
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Dr. Sarah R. Cordonnier
Counselor, EdD, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43206
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor and provide services to children, adults and families. I recently completed a Doctorate in Community Care and Counseling specializing in Marriage and Family therapy and address behavioral issues including anxiety, depression, trauma & abuse, stress management, grief & bereavement, and behavioral issues. I have received training in Gottman Relational Counseling Level I &II and Emotion- Focused Therapy; EMDR to help those with unresolved trauma and CBT; and also Play and Sandplay therapy. I like to have a lot of fun with my clients and their families and enjoy what I do!
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor-Supervisor and provide services to children, adults and families. I recently completed a Doctorate in Community Care and Counseling specializing in Marriage and Family therapy and address behavioral issues including anxiety, depression, trauma & abuse, stress management, grief & bereavement, and behavioral issues. I have received training in Gottman Relational Counseling Level I &II and Emotion- Focused Therapy; EMDR to help those with unresolved trauma and CBT; and also Play and Sandplay therapy. I like to have a lot of fun with my clients and their families and enjoy what I do!
(614) 541-2570 View (614) 541-2570
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Jennifer McCowan
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC-S
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43212
Jennifer "Jen" McCowan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor (LPCC-S)who has over 10 years of experience providing therapy to children, teenagers, and adults from a variety of backgrounds. She specializes in trauma, anxiety, gender role issues, stress caused by transitions from one life stage to another, relationship issues, family dynamics, and self-esteem. She considers herself to be on an unending journey to grow in the area of cultural humility.
Jennifer "Jen" McCowan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Supervisor (LPCC-S)who has over 10 years of experience providing therapy to children, teenagers, and adults from a variety of backgrounds. She specializes in trauma, anxiety, gender role issues, stress caused by transitions from one life stage to another, relationship issues, family dynamics, and self-esteem. She considers herself to be on an unending journey to grow in the area of cultural humility.
(614) 714-4574 View (614) 714-4574
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Alex Banta
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43240
I use an eclectic theoretical approach, including: motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, mindfulness techniques, CBT and family systems therapy.
I am passionate about working alongside people on their journeys to becoming versions of themselves they want and choose to be.I work with clients to identify strengths they already possess, but might not even notice, and then apply those strengths and abilities to work towards their goals and desired changes. I believe a supportive, nonjudgmental space is key to unlocking potential. I use evidence-based interventions from a strengths-based perspective to ensure best outcomes for clients. I believe everyone deserves the space, energy and time to become the person they want to be.I have experience working with adolescents and adults.
I use an eclectic theoretical approach, including: motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, mindfulness techniques, CBT and family systems therapy.
I am passionate about working alongside people on their journeys to becoming versions of themselves they want and choose to be.I work with clients to identify strengths they already possess, but might not even notice, and then apply those strengths and abilities to work towards their goals and desired changes. I believe a supportive, nonjudgmental space is key to unlocking potential. I use evidence-based interventions from a strengths-based perspective to ensure best outcomes for clients. I believe everyone deserves the space, energy and time to become the person they want to be.I have experience working with adolescents and adults.
(380) 201-9523 View (380) 201-9523
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James P Braga
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LISW-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43210  (Online Only)
I have considerable experience working with a variety of concerns, including, but not limited to: complex/developmental trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, OCD, personality issues, emotion regulation, relationships, job/career, gender & sexuality, family, adolescence inc.
I believe a fine tuned awareness of oneself and a well regulated body are essential to overall well-being. I support you in understanding your problems in new ways and clarifying novel, practical options you can take to increase satisfaction and reduce distress. I work to assist you in clarifying your personal needs, mapping repetitive patterns and noticing what interferes with feeling fulfilled or settled. Action toward change is complicated and usually feels risky. I am here to help you understand yourself better and work through patterns that keep you stuck. Usually these patterns feel “second nature” and difficult to change.
I have considerable experience working with a variety of concerns, including, but not limited to: complex/developmental trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, OCD, personality issues, emotion regulation, relationships, job/career, gender & sexuality, family, adolescence inc.
I believe a fine tuned awareness of oneself and a well regulated body are essential to overall well-being. I support you in understanding your problems in new ways and clarifying novel, practical options you can take to increase satisfaction and reduce distress. I work to assist you in clarifying your personal needs, mapping repetitive patterns and noticing what interferes with feeling fulfilled or settled. Action toward change is complicated and usually feels risky. I am here to help you understand yourself better and work through patterns that keep you stuck. Usually these patterns feel “second nature” and difficult to change.
(380) 207-9446 View (380) 207-9446
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Jen McHale Art Therapist
Art Therapist, ATR-BC, LICDC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43219
You may not completely understand what is going on! The importance of a trusting therapeutic rapport is key in overcoming your challenges. I have practiced as an art therapist and chemical dependency counselor for 20 years. I have experience working with all ages and incorporate art-making to encourage insight and personal growth. Areas of expertise include coping with anxiety and/or depression; poor body image; grief/loss, family/relationship discourse, and the complexity of navigating a diagnosis of cancer or other serious medical condition. I also offer support to caregivers struggling with compassion fatigue.
You may not completely understand what is going on! The importance of a trusting therapeutic rapport is key in overcoming your challenges. I have practiced as an art therapist and chemical dependency counselor for 20 years. I have experience working with all ages and incorporate art-making to encourage insight and personal growth. Areas of expertise include coping with anxiety and/or depression; poor body image; grief/loss, family/relationship discourse, and the complexity of navigating a diagnosis of cancer or other serious medical condition. I also offer support to caregivers struggling with compassion fatigue.
(614) 916-8635 x708 View (614) 916-8635 x708
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Alison (Roark) Wible
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43209  (Online Only)
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Ohio and for the past 11 years worked in private practice with a variety of clients across multiple settings. I focus on anxiety and depression as well as relationships, family conflict, parenting, postpartum and ADHD. I also have extensive experience working with college age students and young adults. I practice from a holistic and integrative perspective which includes looking at all facets of the individual’s life and using appropriate interventions to help clients create positive, permanent change.
Hello! I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of Ohio and for the past 11 years worked in private practice with a variety of clients across multiple settings. I focus on anxiety and depression as well as relationships, family conflict, parenting, postpartum and ADHD. I also have extensive experience working with college age students and young adults. I practice from a holistic and integrative perspective which includes looking at all facets of the individual’s life and using appropriate interventions to help clients create positive, permanent change.
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Emily K Kirby
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
Waitlist for new clients
I have 10+ years experience conducting therapy with children, adolescents, adults, families, with special expertise in depression, anxiety, women's issues, grief/loss, couples and family therapy, parenting concerns, and behavioral challenges in children and adolescents. I utilize an integrative approach to meet each client's unique needs and goals, incorporating cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based interventions. I am dedicated to building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients by providing empathy, respect, and compassion in a non-judging, safe environment. My collaborative, individualized approach empowers clients to make lasting changes in their lives and increase feelings of self-worth.
I have 10+ years experience conducting therapy with children, adolescents, adults, families, with special expertise in depression, anxiety, women's issues, grief/loss, couples and family therapy, parenting concerns, and behavioral challenges in children and adolescents. I utilize an integrative approach to meet each client's unique needs and goals, incorporating cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and mindfulness-based interventions. I am dedicated to building strong therapeutic relationships with my clients by providing empathy, respect, and compassion in a non-judging, safe environment. My collaborative, individualized approach empowers clients to make lasting changes in their lives and increase feelings of self-worth.
(614) 389-9138 View (614) 389-9138
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Jessica Gilliland
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW, CDCA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Columbus, OH 43230
I have worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, group therapy, and family counseling.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. In addition, I am also certified in Clinical Social Work and Substance Misuse Disorder. I began her therapeutic career as a Mental Health Therapist in a male youth residential behavioral treatment facility, treating children of all ages. I have also worked in outpatient therapeutic settings, in-patient substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as many others.
I have worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, bipolar disorder, group therapy, and family counseling.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. In addition, I am also certified in Clinical Social Work and Substance Misuse Disorder. I began her therapeutic career as a Mental Health Therapist in a male youth residential behavioral treatment facility, treating children of all ages. I have also worked in outpatient therapeutic settings, in-patient substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as many others.
(614) 656-7025 View (614) 656-7025
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Richard J Fetter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
I assist people who are experiencing personal and relationship problems, those who are chronic worriers, withdraw and avoid too much or are excessively sad and depressed. I also counsel those whose lives are shattered by severe trauma, loss, marital conflict, divorce, aging, and delusional thinking/psychosis. I apply theory, methods, and approaches that work best with the unique needs and personality of the person, couple, or family I'm counseling.
I assist people who are experiencing personal and relationship problems, those who are chronic worriers, withdraw and avoid too much or are excessively sad and depressed. I also counsel those whose lives are shattered by severe trauma, loss, marital conflict, divorce, aging, and delusional thinking/psychosis. I apply theory, methods, and approaches that work best with the unique needs and personality of the person, couple, or family I'm counseling.
(614) 383-9226 View (614) 383-9226
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Marilyn Morgan
PhD
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
Services offered include Individual, Family, and Groups working with Adults, Teens and Childrens. Challenging problems of Depression, Anxiety, Schizoaffective Disorder, Trauma, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and others. Marilyn has been in the Mental Health field for over 25 yrs. Dr. Morgan has built a new Private Practice , Psychological Consult, LLC located at 447 E. Main ST. Suite 220 D, Col, OH 43215-5661. 614-549-7690 office, Fax:614-564-9089.
Services offered include Individual, Family, and Groups working with Adults, Teens and Childrens. Challenging problems of Depression, Anxiety, Schizoaffective Disorder, Trauma, ADHD, PTSD, Bipolar and others. Marilyn has been in the Mental Health field for over 25 yrs. Dr. Morgan has built a new Private Practice , Psychological Consult, LLC located at 447 E. Main ST. Suite 220 D, Col, OH 43215-5661. 614-549-7690 office, Fax:614-564-9089.
(614) 924-8350 View (614) 924-8350
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Maxine D. Sims
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MSEd, LPC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." ~Haruki Murakami.. Interpretations of events throughout our lives plays a fundamental role in our level of satisfaction in life. Understanding perspective, which shapes our view of the world, is essential in the change process. Because of this understanding I use an eclectic approach to counseling with an emphasis on Cognitive Restructuring to help my clients navigate through life's ups and downs. Working in several different areas of mental health including community mental health, substance abuse, and home- based family counseling has given me the opportunity to work with individuals and families from diverse populations and socioeconomic statuses.
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." ~Haruki Murakami.. Interpretations of events throughout our lives plays a fundamental role in our level of satisfaction in life. Understanding perspective, which shapes our view of the world, is essential in the change process. Because of this understanding I use an eclectic approach to counseling with an emphasis on Cognitive Restructuring to help my clients navigate through life's ups and downs. Working in several different areas of mental health including community mental health, substance abuse, and home- based family counseling has given me the opportunity to work with individuals and families from diverse populations and socioeconomic statuses.
(614) 940-4868 View (614) 940-4868
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Zion Counseling and Wellness Enrichment Center
Counselor, LPCC, MC, MA
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43204
Hello my name is Tiara Kendrick. After several years of mental health experience I started Zion Counseling. My educational background in Mental Health and Human Development and Family Science allows me to understand the needs of individuals over a wide range of ages and life span challenges. I will support and advocate with you as you learn to function better in every area of life. Do you need help with depression, reducing anxiety, improving decision making budgeting, or communication skills, stress management, strengthening your social life, or managing lifestyle changes like break ups, job changes, stress, parenting concerns?
Hello my name is Tiara Kendrick. After several years of mental health experience I started Zion Counseling. My educational background in Mental Health and Human Development and Family Science allows me to understand the needs of individuals over a wide range of ages and life span challenges. I will support and advocate with you as you learn to function better in every area of life. Do you need help with depression, reducing anxiety, improving decision making budgeting, or communication skills, stress management, strengthening your social life, or managing lifestyle changes like break ups, job changes, stress, parenting concerns?
(614) 802-6136 View (614) 802-6136
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Ora Roby
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215  (Online Only)
If you find yourself struggling with relationship challenges rooted in family of origin, a cruel inner critic, or are recovering from high control spirituality/religion, then we may be a good fit.
The climb towards resiliency and wholeness can prove to be steep. Beginning that process in the midst of painful life circumstances and finding a therapist who is well equipped, and a good fit to make that climb with you, can prove to be another difficult endeavor. Often times my clients seek counseling burdened by various challenging symptoms of shame, anxiety, and depression and I seek to provide a connective and attuned space where we can address these concerns sensitively. I work with adults, primarily LGBTQIA+ identifying folx, to develop balance and peace within their lives and relationships.
If you find yourself struggling with relationship challenges rooted in family of origin, a cruel inner critic, or are recovering from high control spirituality/religion, then we may be a good fit.
The climb towards resiliency and wholeness can prove to be steep. Beginning that process in the midst of painful life circumstances and finding a therapist who is well equipped, and a good fit to make that climb with you, can prove to be another difficult endeavor. Often times my clients seek counseling burdened by various challenging symptoms of shame, anxiety, and depression and I seek to provide a connective and attuned space where we can address these concerns sensitively. I work with adults, primarily LGBTQIA+ identifying folx, to develop balance and peace within their lives and relationships.
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Meadows Counseling Group
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW-S
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43221
Some of our other areas of interest include relationship issues, identity development, family-of-origin concerns, self-esteem, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
We are grateful and honored to be a part of your journey. Our goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. We work from a collaborative and person centered approach, integrating theories and techniques from a variety of therapies. We are interested in providing a safe space where you can tell your story, heal, make positive changes, and feel empowered.
Some of our other areas of interest include relationship issues, identity development, family-of-origin concerns, self-esteem, trauma, depression, and anxiety.
We are grateful and honored to be a part of your journey. Our goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. We work from a collaborative and person centered approach, integrating theories and techniques from a variety of therapies. We are interested in providing a safe space where you can tell your story, heal, make positive changes, and feel empowered.
(614) 285-3077 View (614) 285-3077
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Becoming More Counseling, Coaching, & Consulting
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, MDiv, LPC
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43215
I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, marriage & family; & am certified in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing).
Virtual only! I live in TX. Clients who are struggling but wanting to not only heal, but also grow have the potential for being extremely powerful people. We have all gone through difficult times, experiencing anxiety, fear, depression, and hopelessness. However, if we have healed, we look back and see those times as hard, but some of the most powerful in our lives. Hearts can become strong, marriages can be healed and become euphoric, and our families can become strong, powerful, and beautiful. If you have a Christian background, I can help you become stronger in your faith. Executive Coaching available.
I specialize in anxiety, depression, trauma, marriage & family; & am certified in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing).
Virtual only! I live in TX. Clients who are struggling but wanting to not only heal, but also grow have the potential for being extremely powerful people. We have all gone through difficult times, experiencing anxiety, fear, depression, and hopelessness. However, if we have healed, we look back and see those times as hard, but some of the most powerful in our lives. Hearts can become strong, marriages can be healed and become euphoric, and our families can become strong, powerful, and beautiful. If you have a Christian background, I can help you become stronger in your faith. Executive Coaching available.
(614) 825-3763 View (614) 825-3763
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Christie Rush
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LISW
Verified Verified
Columbus, OH 43235  (Online Only)
Greetings! I am a 2020 graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio with a Masters in Social Sciences Administration. I have my independent license through the Counselor Social Worker Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFT) in Ohio.
Greetings! I am a 2020 graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio with a Masters in Social Sciences Administration. I have my independent license through the Counselor Social Worker Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFT) in Ohio.
(614) 916-8339 View (614) 916-8339
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.