Family Therapy in Portland, OR

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Andrea R Shepherd
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LICSW
Verified
Portland, OR 97221  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Hello! I’m Andrea and I'm glad you're here. I work with adolescents and adults to treat a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, family conflict, challenging behaviors, ADHD, cognitive distortions, and pre and postpartum mental health. I have nearly a decade of experience as a therapist in high levels of psychiatric care for children, adolescents and their families. In my most recent employment experience I have found great joy working with parents in various stages providing support and coaching with current evidenced based research interventions.
Hello! I’m Andrea and I'm glad you're here. I work with adolescents and adults to treat a variety of mental and behavioral health conditions including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem, family conflict, challenging behaviors, ADHD, cognitive distortions, and pre and postpartum mental health. I have nearly a decade of experience as a therapist in high levels of psychiatric care for children, adolescents and their families. In my most recent employment experience I have found great joy working with parents in various stages providing support and coaching with current evidenced based research interventions.
(503) 966-3645 View (503) 966-3645
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Black On The Couch, LLC
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97227  (Online Only)
Greetings! I am Vyshika M. Willis, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to fostering healing and growth, with a deep commitment to providing compassionate and culturally sensitive counseling. I understand the significance of finding a safe, inclusive, and understanding space to freely explore your thoughts and emotions. Drawing from systems theory, I help clients uncover patterns, dynamics, and interconnections within their lives. This approach empowers clients to make meaningful changes that extend beyond the therapy room.
Greetings! I am Vyshika M. Willis, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to fostering healing and growth, with a deep commitment to providing compassionate and culturally sensitive counseling. I understand the significance of finding a safe, inclusive, and understanding space to freely explore your thoughts and emotions. Drawing from systems theory, I help clients uncover patterns, dynamics, and interconnections within their lives. This approach empowers clients to make meaningful changes that extend beyond the therapy room.
(971) 999-3643 View (971) 999-3643
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Samuel Krulewitch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CCSOT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
I have experience with CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy and Family Systems Therapy, while I can also provide Motivational Interviewing to work with people exactly where they are at, with total non-judgment, and compassionate positive regard.
I am currently accepting new clients! I have specific experience working with teenagers and their families going through tough times. I am also comfortable working with middle-aged and young adults dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, mental illnesses.
I have experience with CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy and Family Systems Therapy, while I can also provide Motivational Interviewing to work with people exactly where they are at, with total non-judgment, and compassionate positive regard.
I am currently accepting new clients! I have specific experience working with teenagers and their families going through tough times. I am also comfortable working with middle-aged and young adults dealing with trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, mental illnesses.
(503) 427-1949 View (503) 427-1949
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Caitlin (Caity) Lynch
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
Waitlist for new clients
Our time together may touch on trauma healing/PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship stress, ADHD, Autism, grief/loss, changes in late adulthood, coming out later in life, spiritual abuse, spiritual growth, improving relationship skills, overcoming infidelity, step-families, and any other areas of interest to you, your family, or your partner(s).
You're here because you need something to shift in yourself, your relationships, or your life. I have ADHD, I am queer and genderqueer and work from a strengths-based perspective, utilizing insight-oriented therapeutic change models (Narrative Therapy, EFIT, IFS) and brain/emotion understanding through psychoeducation, CBT, and DBT and self-in-context understanding (social model of disability, self-compassion work of Drs. Kristin Neff and Tara Brach) to help you imagine and take steps toward a life aligned with who you are. > NOTE: I don't offer ADHD or Autism Assessments, this can be obtained through a psychologist or your PCP. <
Our time together may touch on trauma healing/PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship stress, ADHD, Autism, grief/loss, changes in late adulthood, coming out later in life, spiritual abuse, spiritual growth, improving relationship skills, overcoming infidelity, step-families, and any other areas of interest to you, your family, or your partner(s).
You're here because you need something to shift in yourself, your relationships, or your life. I have ADHD, I am queer and genderqueer and work from a strengths-based perspective, utilizing insight-oriented therapeutic change models (Narrative Therapy, EFIT, IFS) and brain/emotion understanding through psychoeducation, CBT, and DBT and self-in-context understanding (social model of disability, self-compassion work of Drs. Kristin Neff and Tara Brach) to help you imagine and take steps toward a life aligned with who you are. > NOTE: I don't offer ADHD or Autism Assessments, this can be obtained through a psychologist or your PCP. <
(971) 257-1636 View (971) 257-1636
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Heart Thyself, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Portland, OR 97210
People who have experienced Narcissistic Abuse have been exploited, rejected and devalued. Often this begins with family of origin and in adulthood tends to carry over into romantic relationships and friendships. Kids who grow up with Narcissistic Abuse become adults with unresolved identity trauma and confusion. This is often displayed as self-hatred, harm and abandonment. The exploitation from Narcissistic Abuse makes boundary formation impossible for people experiencing this, leading to interpersonal struggles and difficulty forming secure attachments.
People who have experienced Narcissistic Abuse have been exploited, rejected and devalued. Often this begins with family of origin and in adulthood tends to carry over into romantic relationships and friendships. Kids who grow up with Narcissistic Abuse become adults with unresolved identity trauma and confusion. This is often displayed as self-hatred, harm and abandonment. The exploitation from Narcissistic Abuse makes boundary formation impossible for people experiencing this, leading to interpersonal struggles and difficulty forming secure attachments.
(503) 660-3668 View (503) 660-3668
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Tom Kelley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Portland, OR 97219
I am trained and licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).
I see individuals, couples and families who are seeking support for things they feel are not going well in their lives. From the Family Systems perspective, any number of issues can be looked at together. My work is centered around interpersonal relationships and how we interact with each other, our selves and our communities. Relationship dynamics are constantly in and out of balance. Managing these relationships is key in helping develop healthy ways of dealing with life issues. The work we do together should feel helpful and focused on your goals.
I am trained and licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).
I see individuals, couples and families who are seeking support for things they feel are not going well in their lives. From the Family Systems perspective, any number of issues can be looked at together. My work is centered around interpersonal relationships and how we interact with each other, our selves and our communities. Relationship dynamics are constantly in and out of balance. Managing these relationships is key in helping develop healthy ways of dealing with life issues. The work we do together should feel helpful and focused on your goals.
(503) 406-4283 View (503) 406-4283
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Grace Spring
Pre-Licensed Professional, LPCA, NCC
Verified
Portland, OR 97212  (Online Only)
I incorporate several therapeutic modalities into my work including Gestalt therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy, humanistic and existential theories, and somatic psychotherapy. The process of therapy is not one-size-fits-all. Together, we will explore which approaches feel most resonant for you. Therapy is a process of co-creation between client and therapist. I will bring my most present, grounded, authentic, and compassionate self to session. I am skilled in listening deeply and embodying what Carl Rogers called ‘unconditional positive regard’, a profound acceptance of you, however you are, in this moment.
I incorporate several therapeutic modalities into my work including Gestalt therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy, humanistic and existential theories, and somatic psychotherapy. The process of therapy is not one-size-fits-all. Together, we will explore which approaches feel most resonant for you. Therapy is a process of co-creation between client and therapist. I will bring my most present, grounded, authentic, and compassionate self to session. I am skilled in listening deeply and embodying what Carl Rogers called ‘unconditional positive regard’, a profound acceptance of you, however you are, in this moment.
(971) 396-3192 View (971) 396-3192
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Katherine Kloud
Pre-Licensed Professional, MSW, CSWA
Verified
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
I also work with individuals and family systems experiencing ADHD through behavioral therapy, social and parenting skills training, mindfulness training, and family systems work.
Immediate Availability! Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for trauma and therapeutic guidance & skills for ADHD. You feel lost, hopeless, and overwhelmed. You may have just received a diagnosis or started to question if you may have ADHD. Or, You may have complex trauma and feel therapy isn't working. If you have struggled healing trauma in the past, are having problems managing your ADHD symptoms, I have proven techniques and skills that will help you take back control in your life and emotional world. Whatever your situation, you deserve relief. Give yourself the chance to thrive.
I also work with individuals and family systems experiencing ADHD through behavioral therapy, social and parenting skills training, mindfulness training, and family systems work.
Immediate Availability! Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for trauma and therapeutic guidance & skills for ADHD. You feel lost, hopeless, and overwhelmed. You may have just received a diagnosis or started to question if you may have ADHD. Or, You may have complex trauma and feel therapy isn't working. If you have struggled healing trauma in the past, are having problems managing your ADHD symptoms, I have proven techniques and skills that will help you take back control in your life and emotional world. Whatever your situation, you deserve relief. Give yourself the chance to thrive.
(503) 832-6218 View (503) 832-6218
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Eudaemonia Equine Connections, Inc.®
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PhD, CTRI, ESMHL
Verified
Portland, OR 97229
We look forward to the possibility of meeting you, your family, and/or partner, and working with you and by incorporating horses into your treatment, we hope may assist you in the process of reducing impacts of life stressors and increasing your sense of well-being, life mastery, and eudaemonia.
Equine-assisted mental health (EAMH) is a specialized psychotherapy treatment that incorporates equines (i.e. horses) into the therapeutic environment. In EAMH, there is a strong focus on present-moment awareness, experiential learning, and the integration of the mind-body-spirit connection through interactions with a horse(s) in an outdoor barn environment.
We look forward to the possibility of meeting you, your family, and/or partner, and working with you and by incorporating horses into your treatment, we hope may assist you in the process of reducing impacts of life stressors and increasing your sense of well-being, life mastery, and eudaemonia.
Equine-assisted mental health (EAMH) is a specialized psychotherapy treatment that incorporates equines (i.e. horses) into the therapeutic environment. In EAMH, there is a strong focus on present-moment awareness, experiential learning, and the integration of the mind-body-spirit connection through interactions with a horse(s) in an outdoor barn environment.
(971) 232-3105 View (971) 232-3105
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Ryan T Samples
Professional Counselor Associate, MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
It is a theory that can smoothly integrate and transition into other theoretical approaches such as Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, and Narrative Theory.
Have growing anxiety and stress that is becoming unmanageable? Feeling angry? Feeling stuck in the past or numb in the present? Having trouble sleeping? Find yourself being over critical of yourself? In a messy relationship and unsure what you can or want to do? Maybe frustrated with work and curious about a new career path but not sure where to start? It is not hard to find people around us who want to tell us what to think and how to act. What is hard to find is a space that is quiet and safe, that allows us the ability to recognize our own feelings and align them with our own thoughts.
It is a theory that can smoothly integrate and transition into other theoretical approaches such as Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Theory, and Narrative Theory.
Have growing anxiety and stress that is becoming unmanageable? Feeling angry? Feeling stuck in the past or numb in the present? Having trouble sleeping? Find yourself being over critical of yourself? In a messy relationship and unsure what you can or want to do? Maybe frustrated with work and curious about a new career path but not sure where to start? It is not hard to find people around us who want to tell us what to think and how to act. What is hard to find is a space that is quiet and safe, that allows us the ability to recognize our own feelings and align them with our own thoughts.
(503) 868-0513 View (503) 868-0513
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Yael Kievsky
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Portland, OR 97213  (Online Only)
If you're seeking an empowering and transformative experience of therapy, I'd love to support you. I have built my practice to focus on all things relationships: I work especially well with relational trauma, breaches of trust, repairing severed relationships, communication, non-normative relationships, as well as family & reproductive support. I am approachable and bring a solid, vigorous presence to our encounters - you will not feel adrift in our sessions. My style is engaged, directive, and sometimes humorous, and always tender and reverent of all of who you are.
If you're seeking an empowering and transformative experience of therapy, I'd love to support you. I have built my practice to focus on all things relationships: I work especially well with relational trauma, breaches of trust, repairing severed relationships, communication, non-normative relationships, as well as family & reproductive support. I am approachable and bring a solid, vigorous presence to our encounters - you will not feel adrift in our sessions. My style is engaged, directive, and sometimes humorous, and always tender and reverent of all of who you are.
(503) 386-9263 View (503) 386-9263
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Debbie Bensching
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, ACSW, MSWAC, LICSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205
Waitlist for new clients
I guide the process to work through problems to enhance performance in activities of daily living in work, relationships, recreation & professional settings. Problem areas include difficulties with relationships: marriage / domestic partner, parent-child, divorce/ separation, parenting, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger, grief & loss, women's issues, habit disorders, addictions recovery: drugs, alcohol, food; ACOA, family members effected by addiction, trauma: post traumatic stress, rape, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), and dissociative disorders. Also work with difficulties with sleep, relaxation, or under performing.
I guide the process to work through problems to enhance performance in activities of daily living in work, relationships, recreation & professional settings. Problem areas include difficulties with relationships: marriage / domestic partner, parent-child, divorce/ separation, parenting, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger, grief & loss, women's issues, habit disorders, addictions recovery: drugs, alcohol, food; ACOA, family members effected by addiction, trauma: post traumatic stress, rape, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), and dissociative disorders. Also work with difficulties with sleep, relaxation, or under performing.
(503) 406-3624 View (503) 406-3624
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Brian Smith
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Portland, OR 97216
Families are at the heart of every society, which starts as couples, who in and of themselves are unique individuals. In this life, we all will have challenges. No one (and no family or couple) is perfect, and sometimes we all need help. The ideal client is brave enough to consider that they may want or need help. It takes courage to ask for help, which doesn't make them weak - it makes them bright. The ideal client loves themselves and those in their life enough to be their best. The good news is that you don't have to try and do this alone. Let me help. Personal, private, and tailored to your needs service.
Families are at the heart of every society, which starts as couples, who in and of themselves are unique individuals. In this life, we all will have challenges. No one (and no family or couple) is perfect, and sometimes we all need help. The ideal client is brave enough to consider that they may want or need help. It takes courage to ask for help, which doesn't make them weak - it makes them bright. The ideal client loves themselves and those in their life enough to be their best. The good news is that you don't have to try and do this alone. Let me help. Personal, private, and tailored to your needs service.
(503) 713-6067 x106 View (503) 713-6067 x106
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Melissa Ellsworth
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Portland, OR 97232  (Online Only)
I use evidenced-based approaches including Pain Reprocessing Therapy & other somatic therapies, Internal Family Systems, attachment-based & DBT skills.
Do you ever feel stuck in a body that doesn't feel, act or look the way you want it to? Does it feel like your brain and body are out of sync? Whether it be chronic pain, sexual difficulties or gender incongruence - I'm here to help you get your mind and body back into alignment. When working with me, I will tailor therapy to meet your unique needs, and offer the tools and support you need to feel less pain, more sexual freedom and gender affirmation.
I use evidenced-based approaches including Pain Reprocessing Therapy & other somatic therapies, Internal Family Systems, attachment-based & DBT skills.
Do you ever feel stuck in a body that doesn't feel, act or look the way you want it to? Does it feel like your brain and body are out of sync? Whether it be chronic pain, sexual difficulties or gender incongruence - I'm here to help you get your mind and body back into alignment. When working with me, I will tailor therapy to meet your unique needs, and offer the tools and support you need to feel less pain, more sexual freedom and gender affirmation.
(971) 396-3205 View (971) 396-3205
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Linnea Dewees
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MFTA
Verified
Portland, OR 97239
My clinical work is trauma-informed and draws upon emotionally-focused, internal family systems, and solution-focused frameworks.
As your therapist, I am committed to providing a safe space and welcoming environment for you to navigate life's highs and lows with professional support. I aim to understand your unique world and how it shapes you. I view you as the expert of your own life and am dedicated to creating a supportive and collaborative therapeutic environment where you can feel safe to explore, reflect, and grow. My approach incorporates internal family systems, solution-focused, emotion-focused, and strengths-based frameworks. Together, we will collaboratively explore your life to gain a deeper understanding of who you are and where you want to go.
My clinical work is trauma-informed and draws upon emotionally-focused, internal family systems, and solution-focused frameworks.
As your therapist, I am committed to providing a safe space and welcoming environment for you to navigate life's highs and lows with professional support. I aim to understand your unique world and how it shapes you. I view you as the expert of your own life and am dedicated to creating a supportive and collaborative therapeutic environment where you can feel safe to explore, reflect, and grow. My approach incorporates internal family systems, solution-focused, emotion-focused, and strengths-based frameworks. Together, we will collaboratively explore your life to gain a deeper understanding of who you are and where you want to go.
(971) 298-8995 View (971) 298-8995
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Jenette A. Arellano
Professional Counselor Associate, MS, NCC
Verified
Portland, OR 97206  (Online Only)
My clients are mostly adults in individual and couples therapy who are navigating the stressors of relationships, adulthood, life transitions, communication, dating, anxiety, and attachment. You may be someone who is struggling to live in the uncertainty that life often brings, or maybe you're navigating boundaries in your relationships - all things that bring about anxiety and fear for many people. Despite what it may be, I am here to support you and talk through it with you. I can offer support in areas of anxiety, depression, grief, family/relationship/dating challenges, identity formation, sexuality, and personal growth.
My clients are mostly adults in individual and couples therapy who are navigating the stressors of relationships, adulthood, life transitions, communication, dating, anxiety, and attachment. You may be someone who is struggling to live in the uncertainty that life often brings, or maybe you're navigating boundaries in your relationships - all things that bring about anxiety and fear for many people. Despite what it may be, I am here to support you and talk through it with you. I can offer support in areas of anxiety, depression, grief, family/relationship/dating challenges, identity formation, sexuality, and personal growth.
(503) 782-9152 View (503) 782-9152
Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinic
Psychologist
Verified
Portland, OR 97205
We offer therapy and medication management for depression, anxiety, child/family issues, trauma, ADD, and a wide range of other concerns. We can bill most OHP plans in the metro area for therapy and medication management services.
We offer therapy and medication management for depression, anxiety, child/family issues, trauma, ADD, and a wide range of other concerns. We can bill most OHP plans in the metro area for therapy and medication management services.
(503) 446-2147 View (503) 446-2147
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Coach4Parents
MA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214  (Online Only)
How can we prioritize our children, protect them, and keep them emotionally safe, as we transition into shifting our relationship? As a Parent Educator for Family Court, I focus on positive strategies.
You try your best as a parent or teaming up as a couple, yet sometimes feel overwhelmed. You deserve a life which feels balanced, energized, and fun. Our goal is to work together to identify new tools for your "parenting or relationship toolkit" which you can use immediately to positively impact your life at home. Partnered or as a sole parent, we work to identify your unique parenting style and the challenges you are navigating. I have over 25 years of experience working with parents & couples in schools, court, or mental health settings. For parent or couples counseling, schedule a free 30 minute consult at Coach4Parents.com
How can we prioritize our children, protect them, and keep them emotionally safe, as we transition into shifting our relationship? As a Parent Educator for Family Court, I focus on positive strategies.
You try your best as a parent or teaming up as a couple, yet sometimes feel overwhelmed. You deserve a life which feels balanced, energized, and fun. Our goal is to work together to identify new tools for your "parenting or relationship toolkit" which you can use immediately to positively impact your life at home. Partnered or as a sole parent, we work to identify your unique parenting style and the challenges you are navigating. I have over 25 years of experience working with parents & couples in schools, court, or mental health settings. For parent or couples counseling, schedule a free 30 minute consult at Coach4Parents.com
(541) 490-1551 View (541) 490-1551
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Ryan Popkin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97205
I am open to working with anyone interested in pursuing therapy; some examples of challenges I am skilled at working with are anxiety, depression, interpersonal challenges, grief, life transitions, relationships, gender, sexuality, family issues, existential challenges, and individuation.
I believe that anyone can benefit from therapy. Whether you’re facing life’s challenges, experiencing anxiety or depression, or you are just interested in growth and strengthening your sense of self; we all need a neutral person to talk to from time to time.
I am open to working with anyone interested in pursuing therapy; some examples of challenges I am skilled at working with are anxiety, depression, interpersonal challenges, grief, life transitions, relationships, gender, sexuality, family issues, existential challenges, and individuation.
I believe that anyone can benefit from therapy. Whether you’re facing life’s challenges, experiencing anxiety or depression, or you are just interested in growth and strengthening your sense of self; we all need a neutral person to talk to from time to time.
(971) 394-9249 View (971) 394-9249
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Sellwood Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, MFT, NCC, LPC
Verified
Portland, OR 97202
Waitlist for new clients
My training as a couples, marriage and family therapist leads me to view client functioning in terms of relationships. My goal is to help clients bring forth a self that feels true and real. I help clients learn to ask for and receive what they need from others, embracing life and life's challenges with courage, renewed spirit, and a sense of wholeness. When clients feel supported, validated, and understood they often find that symptoms of depression and anxiety are relieved. Working with me, clients will learn to access their inner resources as we generate solutions together.
My training as a couples, marriage and family therapist leads me to view client functioning in terms of relationships. My goal is to help clients bring forth a self that feels true and real. I help clients learn to ask for and receive what they need from others, embracing life and life's challenges with courage, renewed spirit, and a sense of wholeness. When clients feel supported, validated, and understood they often find that symptoms of depression and anxiety are relieved. Working with me, clients will learn to access their inner resources as we generate solutions together.
(503) 446-3242 View (503) 446-3242

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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.