Family Therapy in Houston, TX

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Iris Chang
Marriage & Family Therapist, MEd, LPC, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77036
My therapeutic practices are solution focused, narrative, integrated, cognitive-behavioral, collaborative, client-centered, goal and emotionally-focused, with a family systems and structure therapy basis.
I am a 1st generation Taiwanese-American immigrant who came to the US as an adolescent. I can conduct therapy in fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and English. I am a full-time self-employee and mother of 2. I changed careers from Engineering B.S, to Business M.M., to Counseling/Behavioral Science M.Ed. therapy. I worked at MIT, and I am currently working on my Ph.D in Clinical Sexology. I empathize with work life balance issues, stress/time management, and career transition/satisfaction. My core goal is to empower individuals, couples and families to make healthy, positive changes in their professional and personal lives.
My therapeutic practices are solution focused, narrative, integrated, cognitive-behavioral, collaborative, client-centered, goal and emotionally-focused, with a family systems and structure therapy basis.
I am a 1st generation Taiwanese-American immigrant who came to the US as an adolescent. I can conduct therapy in fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and English. I am a full-time self-employee and mother of 2. I changed careers from Engineering B.S, to Business M.M., to Counseling/Behavioral Science M.Ed. therapy. I worked at MIT, and I am currently working on my Ph.D in Clinical Sexology. I empathize with work life balance issues, stress/time management, and career transition/satisfaction. My core goal is to empower individuals, couples and families to make healthy, positive changes in their professional and personal lives.
(713) 893-5904 View (713) 893-5904
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Keely O'Donnell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
I often pull from Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills, attachment theory, and family systems theory.
I believe we cannot change things that are outside of our awareness, and we cannot grow without first having acceptance of where we are in our journey. The things that we seek to change about ourselves are not “weaknesses;” in fact, the very behaviors and beliefs that are no longer serving us now may have been necessary survival defenses at one point in life. My goal is to help you understand where in life you developed those behaviors/beliefs, how they have shaped you, and how they can be shifted into a more healthy, adaptive approach moving forward.
I often pull from Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills, attachment theory, and family systems theory.
I believe we cannot change things that are outside of our awareness, and we cannot grow without first having acceptance of where we are in our journey. The things that we seek to change about ourselves are not “weaknesses;” in fact, the very behaviors and beliefs that are no longer serving us now may have been necessary survival defenses at one point in life. My goal is to help you understand where in life you developed those behaviors/beliefs, how they have shaped you, and how they can be shifted into a more healthy, adaptive approach moving forward.
(713) 597-2055 View (713) 597-2055
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Sarah Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77018
I also offer Emotion-Focused Family Therapy to support clients and their caregivers deepen their connections and improve communication.
When we reach the limits of our emotional pain tolerance, we may see that the way we’ve been coping with our stress and pain is not sustainable. This can look like disordered eating, self-harm, self-medicating, perfectionism, self-sabotage, or isolation. This realization is particularly hard when our ways of coping feel like a lifeline and the idea of change feels at best theoretical and at worst like an invitation for impending doom. Our inner beliefs of being unworthy, unlovable, unsafe, out of control, and powerless ensure that we keep choosing the same self-destructive coping strategies over and over.
I also offer Emotion-Focused Family Therapy to support clients and their caregivers deepen their connections and improve communication.
When we reach the limits of our emotional pain tolerance, we may see that the way we’ve been coping with our stress and pain is not sustainable. This can look like disordered eating, self-harm, self-medicating, perfectionism, self-sabotage, or isolation. This realization is particularly hard when our ways of coping feel like a lifeline and the idea of change feels at best theoretical and at worst like an invitation for impending doom. Our inner beliefs of being unworthy, unlovable, unsafe, out of control, and powerless ensure that we keep choosing the same self-destructive coping strategies over and over.
(346) 233-1625 View (346) 233-1625
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Ava Burris Profota
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-S, CSAT-S, CMAT-S
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77027
My specialty is intimacy disorders including sex/love addiction & avoidance. Bad relationships can ruin your life & your happiness; however, relationships can be turned around. When addiction is present, the chances of real intimacy are small. Love addiction is a powerful & debilitating disorder that is very serious & potentially life threatening. Developmental trauma (also known as family of origin trauma or codependence) is a set up for self esteem & intimacy issues. If left untreated developmental trauma can lead to depression, anxiety, addiction & physical illness (Pia Mellody's). You're not alone!
My specialty is intimacy disorders including sex/love addiction & avoidance. Bad relationships can ruin your life & your happiness; however, relationships can be turned around. When addiction is present, the chances of real intimacy are small. Love addiction is a powerful & debilitating disorder that is very serious & potentially life threatening. Developmental trauma (also known as family of origin trauma or codependence) is a set up for self esteem & intimacy issues. If left untreated developmental trauma can lead to depression, anxiety, addiction & physical illness (Pia Mellody's). You're not alone!
(281) 916-3783 View (281) 916-3783
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Margaret Magness
LPC-Associate
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
Through collaborating with parents I hope to enhance positive change throughout the entire family.
I am a Play Therapist passionate about working with children experiencing behavioral issues, oppositional tendencies, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I use a variety of therapies including Adlerian Play Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. In addition, I am currently pursuing my Registered Play Therapy License to further enhance my skills as a therapist.
Through collaborating with parents I hope to enhance positive change throughout the entire family.
I am a Play Therapist passionate about working with children experiencing behavioral issues, oppositional tendencies, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I use a variety of therapies including Adlerian Play Therapy, Child-Centered Play Therapy, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. In addition, I am currently pursuing my Registered Play Therapy License to further enhance my skills as a therapist.
(346) 472-5967 View (346) 472-5967
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Jyl Scott Reagan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77006
Are you feeling unhappy with your life and wishing things would change for the better? Maybe your marriage or love relationship is in trouble and you are repeating the same old patterns - trust issues, anger or feeling distant. Or the source of worry could be problems in the family. Life itself can give you a big roadblock like a deep loss or a career challenge. Have you gotten to the point where the things you have tried haven't helped enough? And talking to even trusted friends has limits. You don't have to be trapped by worry and discouragement. You can have healthier relationships and a happier life.
Are you feeling unhappy with your life and wishing things would change for the better? Maybe your marriage or love relationship is in trouble and you are repeating the same old patterns - trust issues, anger or feeling distant. Or the source of worry could be problems in the family. Life itself can give you a big roadblock like a deep loss or a career challenge. Have you gotten to the point where the things you have tried haven't helped enough? And talking to even trusted friends has limits. You don't have to be trapped by worry and discouragement. You can have healthier relationships and a happier life.
(281) 870-2572 View (281) 870-2572
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Keil Davis
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77006
I'm a licensed professional counselor who works primarily with young people, 13 years of age and up, who are confused about life and have become angry, non-communicative, anxious, unmotivated, depressed, self harming, and/or suicidal. I help them explore and understand the very things that confuse them, whether it is managing emotions, family dynamics, communication, organization, self-esteem, experiencing grief, navigating social dynamics with healthy boundaries, how to make sense of thoughts and feelings, or how to build resilience.
I'm a licensed professional counselor who works primarily with young people, 13 years of age and up, who are confused about life and have become angry, non-communicative, anxious, unmotivated, depressed, self harming, and/or suicidal. I help them explore and understand the very things that confuse them, whether it is managing emotions, family dynamics, communication, organization, self-esteem, experiencing grief, navigating social dynamics with healthy boundaries, how to make sense of thoughts and feelings, or how to build resilience.
(281) 677-3845 View (281) 677-3845
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Caitlin Payne
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77007
What lights me up about therapy is helping someone to live their most authentic life. I get energized hearing clients ask the existential questions and work to bring their intellectual and felt experiences into alignment. I'm a good fit for those looking to heal from trauma and better understand their history, who want to feel better, but also want feel okay in their own skin. Often my clients are working through difficult relational or family of origin experiences, seeking to relate to loved ones (and themselves) in a new way. I also have a passion for helping navigate burnout, especially with healthcare and helping professionals.
What lights me up about therapy is helping someone to live their most authentic life. I get energized hearing clients ask the existential questions and work to bring their intellectual and felt experiences into alignment. I'm a good fit for those looking to heal from trauma and better understand their history, who want to feel better, but also want feel okay in their own skin. Often my clients are working through difficult relational or family of origin experiences, seeking to relate to loved ones (and themselves) in a new way. I also have a passion for helping navigate burnout, especially with healthcare and helping professionals.
(713) 561-3342 View (713) 561-3342
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Alexandra Svadlenak
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, LCDC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77065
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) who specializes in treating addiction disorders, including alcohol and substance use disorders, as well as internalizing disorders including depression and anxiety. My goal is to always encourage, motivate, and instill hope in those I work with. Change can be challenging but is very much obtainable with self compassion, courage, and the right tools. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy to adolescents and adults using tailored treatment plans to meet the unique needs and goals of each patient.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) who specializes in treating addiction disorders, including alcohol and substance use disorders, as well as internalizing disorders including depression and anxiety. My goal is to always encourage, motivate, and instill hope in those I work with. Change can be challenging but is very much obtainable with self compassion, courage, and the right tools. I provide individual, couples, and family therapy to adolescents and adults using tailored treatment plans to meet the unique needs and goals of each patient.
(281) 549-8733 View (281) 549-8733
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Dr. Jeff J. Rocker
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, NCC, LPC, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77057
in Marriage and Family therapy from Nova Southeastern University.
With 12 years of experience working with clients going through individual, relationship, and family issues, Celebrity Therapist Dr. Jeff Rocker has provided therapeutic services to clients nationwide. He is Licensed in 14 states and has served clients from all age groups. Over the years, Dr. Jeff has organized lectures and various events in the community, including excursions and retreats for couples to improve their communication and better understand each other. He has experience working with athletes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. In addition, Dr. Jeff has also worked with clients in the Movie, Music, and Entertainment Industries.
in Marriage and Family therapy from Nova Southeastern University.
With 12 years of experience working with clients going through individual, relationship, and family issues, Celebrity Therapist Dr. Jeff Rocker has provided therapeutic services to clients nationwide. He is Licensed in 14 states and has served clients from all age groups. Over the years, Dr. Jeff has organized lectures and various events in the community, including excursions and retreats for couples to improve their communication and better understand each other. He has experience working with athletes in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. In addition, Dr. Jeff has also worked with clients in the Movie, Music, and Entertainment Industries.
(281) 984-5276 View (281) 984-5276
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Henry M Pittman
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCDC-CS, QSAP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77055
I am a Multi-Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts since 1998, speaker, and author. I hold four licenses as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, & Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Nationally, I hold a designation as a National Credential Counselor (NCC) Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Somatic Experience Practitioner (SEP)
I am a Multi-Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts since 1998, speaker, and author. I hold four licenses as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, & Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Nationally, I hold a designation as a National Credential Counselor (NCC) Master Addiction Counselor (MAC), Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), Somatic Experience Practitioner (SEP)
(281) 214-6237 View (281) 214-6237
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Thelma Jean Goodrich
PhD
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77098
I taught in medical school most of that time and there I learned the consequences of stress for patient and family and about how it can make us sick.
Just by coming to this website, you have taken a big step towards a new understanding of your dilemmas as well as your strengths. As we begin therapy, you will come to appreciate the courage that has carried you through many other challenges in your life into the current one. The therapist/client relationship is unique in its trust and support. Someone said that during therapy, the therapist holds the world so you can do your work there. You are freed from other responsibilities so all your attention for once can be on you.
I taught in medical school most of that time and there I learned the consequences of stress for patient and family and about how it can make us sick.
Just by coming to this website, you have taken a big step towards a new understanding of your dilemmas as well as your strengths. As we begin therapy, you will come to appreciate the courage that has carried you through many other challenges in your life into the current one. The therapist/client relationship is unique in its trust and support. Someone said that during therapy, the therapist holds the world so you can do your work there. You are freed from other responsibilities so all your attention for once can be on you.
(713) 338-9003 View (713) 338-9003
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Cynthia J. Orme - Healing Pathways Houston
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
I believe that therapy offers a beneficial way to find a different perspective on difficult situations and that people who make the decision to see a therapist are looking for a way to improve those situations. We can always learn new ways to make our lives and relationships better. With empathy and compassion, I help clients find resolution to a wide range of personal concerns and psychological issues. I have worked at psychiatric hospitals, addiction residential facilities as well as outpatient settings and have over 25 years’ experience working with clients from a family systems approach.
I believe that therapy offers a beneficial way to find a different perspective on difficult situations and that people who make the decision to see a therapist are looking for a way to improve those situations. We can always learn new ways to make our lives and relationships better. With empathy and compassion, I help clients find resolution to a wide range of personal concerns and psychological issues. I have worked at psychiatric hospitals, addiction residential facilities as well as outpatient settings and have over 25 years’ experience working with clients from a family systems approach.
(713) 574-9789 View (713) 574-9789
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Elnaz Afousi
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS, LPC-A
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77042  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
in psychology and with my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College in 2009.
I bring comprehensive experience supporting individuals, couples, and families facing diverse challenges such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders/depression, trauma, PTSD, parenting strategies, relational issues, and specialized ADHD coaching and strategies. Acknowledging the significance of individuality, I approach each client as a distinct entity, ensuring that therapeutic models and relationships are customized to meet their specific needs.
in psychology and with my Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern Nazarene College in 2009.
I bring comprehensive experience supporting individuals, couples, and families facing diverse challenges such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders/depression, trauma, PTSD, parenting strategies, relational issues, and specialized ADHD coaching and strategies. Acknowledging the significance of individuality, I approach each client as a distinct entity, ensuring that therapeutic models and relationships are customized to meet their specific needs.
(281) 519-6192 View (281) 519-6192
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Lilian Anowey
Counselor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77001
During her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Lilian has a passion in helping people become the best version of themselves both physically and psychologically. Lilian utilizes various therapeutic approaches such as solution focused, CBT, and person-centered. She collaborates with each client to develop innovative techniques that tailors to their individual struggles and goals. Her expertise includes working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, sexual abuse, trauma, eating disorders, grief and loss and other mental health disorders.
During her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Lilian has a passion in helping people become the best version of themselves both physically and psychologically. Lilian utilizes various therapeutic approaches such as solution focused, CBT, and person-centered. She collaborates with each client to develop innovative techniques that tailors to their individual struggles and goals. Her expertise includes working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, sexual abuse, trauma, eating disorders, grief and loss and other mental health disorders.
(281) 317-6296 View (281) 317-6296
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Mary Alice Carpenter
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, LMFT-A
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houston, TX 77027
She has additional training in Internal Family Systems, ACT, and is Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 certified.
Mary Alice knows that new parenthood is full of paradoxes. You’re exhausted, but you can’t sleep. You love your baby, but it’s hard to like someone who screams at you all day. You need help, but you don’t know who to ask or what to ask for. Finding support and taking care of yourself is a great first step– healthy parents grow healthy families. Therapy is a safe place to sort through your scary thoughts and tap into your inner strengths and resources. Mary Alice’s expertise in working with expecting and new parents in the Houston area spans the length of a decade, first as a birth and postpartum doula, and later as a midwife.
She has additional training in Internal Family Systems, ACT, and is Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 certified.
Mary Alice knows that new parenthood is full of paradoxes. You’re exhausted, but you can’t sleep. You love your baby, but it’s hard to like someone who screams at you all day. You need help, but you don’t know who to ask or what to ask for. Finding support and taking care of yourself is a great first step– healthy parents grow healthy families. Therapy is a safe place to sort through your scary thoughts and tap into your inner strengths and resources. Mary Alice’s expertise in working with expecting and new parents in the Houston area spans the length of a decade, first as a birth and postpartum doula, and later as a midwife.
(832) 621-4702 View (832) 621-4702
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Prof. Camilia Mendoza
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LCDC, LMFT
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77015  (Online Only)
Camilia Mendoza, a dually licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor, offers extensive expertise across diverse counseling settings. Her background spans private practice, community agencies, and religious organizations, as well as residential, inpatient, and outpatient facilities. With a focus on addressing complex issues like addiction, trauma, and relationship dynamics, Camilia brings a comprehensive, client-centered approach to counseling. Her commitment to promoting holistic well-being ensures personalized support for each individual's journey toward healing and growth.
Camilia Mendoza, a dually licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor, offers extensive expertise across diverse counseling settings. Her background spans private practice, community agencies, and religious organizations, as well as residential, inpatient, and outpatient facilities. With a focus on addressing complex issues like addiction, trauma, and relationship dynamics, Camilia brings a comprehensive, client-centered approach to counseling. Her commitment to promoting holistic well-being ensures personalized support for each individual's journey toward healing and growth.
(346) 423-2831 View (346) 423-2831
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Richard Yohr
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77084
I provide counseling and life coaching to adults, adolescents, couples, and families, who are struggling with mental health concerns, relationship issues, and unhappiness in family, at work, or in school. We do this together through a solution-focused, brief counseling approach, focusing on the present and planning for the future. My main experience has been working with those who are struggling within marriage and family relationships, or experiencing depression, anxiety, fear, anger, substance abuse and other addictions. My main role is to help clients get what they want and need, toward better mental health and happiness.
I provide counseling and life coaching to adults, adolescents, couples, and families, who are struggling with mental health concerns, relationship issues, and unhappiness in family, at work, or in school. We do this together through a solution-focused, brief counseling approach, focusing on the present and planning for the future. My main experience has been working with those who are struggling within marriage and family relationships, or experiencing depression, anxiety, fear, anger, substance abuse and other addictions. My main role is to help clients get what they want and need, toward better mental health and happiness.
(281) 317-7721 View (281) 317-7721
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La Bello Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LPC, CCTP
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77024
I have a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and am a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Whether you are looking to resolve specific issues or improve your overall mental well-being, I can assist you in moving your life in a more positive direction while achieving your therapeutic goals. I work with you to personally tailor your therapeutic experience to be collaborative and geared to your personal growth.
I have a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy and am a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Whether you are looking to resolve specific issues or improve your overall mental well-being, I can assist you in moving your life in a more positive direction while achieving your therapeutic goals. I work with you to personally tailor your therapeutic experience to be collaborative and geared to your personal growth.
(832) 402-8576 View (832) 402-8576
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Shonette R Jackson-Umeh
Licensed Professional Counselor, DR, LPC-S, LCDC, NAADAC, NCC
Verified Verified
Houston, TX 77036
I work with couples who desire to improve their relationship or marriage, as well as help individuals and families tackle drug-alcohol problems. I assist people in taking small steps to decrease anxiousness, depressive symptoms, anger issues, and other general issues. I would love to help you and/or your family make the small necessary changes that will create a big positive impact on your mental health.
I work with couples who desire to improve their relationship or marriage, as well as help individuals and families tackle drug-alcohol problems. I assist people in taking small steps to decrease anxiousness, depressive symptoms, anger issues, and other general issues. I would love to help you and/or your family make the small necessary changes that will create a big positive impact on your mental health.
(832) 583-9034 View (832) 583-9034
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.