Helping you and your family navigate challenging times
Communication is the key to any successful relationship, but especially in family relationships. However, this is often one of the most difficult aspects to perfect.
When families are going through difficult times they often lack the right skills to be able to talk things through calmly and come to a resolution. While it’s not always possible to accomplish mutually satisfactory resolutions, it’s important to learn how to talk about issues productively, so all parties feel heard.
Family therapy aims to help each member develop healthy communication and solutions that benefit the entire family system.
Common concerns that are addressed by family therapy include:
- Parenting issues
- Blended family concerns
- Sibling conflict
- Parent-child conflict
- Parenting a child with a developmental and/or mental health condition
- Grief and loss
- Coping with life-threatening illness
- Parenting adult children
- Communication issues
- Moving to a new location
- Teen rules and boundaries
- Parents and adult children
Working with a family therapist can help families to work through difficult issues in productive ways through developing problem-solving and communication skills. If you recognize a need for support in improving your family relationships, the Therapists at Encompass Hope are here to help! Reach out for a free 15 minute phone or video consultation today.
Questions We Commonly Get
Does the whole family need to go to therapy?
No. While family therapy requires at least two members of the family to participate, it is not necessary for all members of a family to be involved in therapy. However, when all members of the family participate in the process, it increases the chances that everyone in the family will know when changes are occurring, and that they will be able to effectively adjust to the changes in positive ways.
What if the problem involves extended family or others who live outside our home? Can they still participate in therapy?
Yes! Family therapists usually maintain an inclusive understanding of the term “family” and will welcome extended family, such as, grandparents, aunts, uncles, as well as step-parents and even close friends into the therapy process. The most important consideration for the therapist is whether or not the involvement of any participant will assist in resolving the presenting problems.
Can you do family therapy over telehealth?
Yes, whether the family is in the same location or calling in from separate locations our HIPAA compliant telehealth software enables us to connect securely with multiple devices simultaneously. Your therapist will be able to provide many of the same interventions via telehealth as those you would experience in an in-office setting.
Can I use my insurance benefits for family therapy?
Most insurance plans do not cover family therapy. However, it’s best that you contact your insurance company directly to learn about your mental health/behavioral health benefits. You can ask specifically about “family therapy”. This matter is something that can also be discussed in more detail in your initial session with your therapist, if needed, for alternative sliding scale fee or other terms of agreement.
How long does family therapy last?
Family therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes in length. Family therapy is often short-term, generally about 10-14 sessions. However, each family has different circumstances and the number of sessions you’ll need will depend on your family’s particular situation and the therapist’s recommendation.
Can I do individual and family therapy with the same therapist?
Once a therapist begins seeing someone for individual therapy, we can no longer maintain an unbiased perspective to effectively treat a family. For that reason, our best practice would be to refer you to a colleague within the clinic or outside of the clinic for family therapy. One exception to this rule is when a therapist is meeting with a child or teenager for individual therapy they might initiate family therapy sessions and/or sessions with the child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) to support treatment goals.
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3460 Washington Drive, Suite 109
Eagan, MN 55122
3801 W 50th St, Suite 250 A
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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