Family Therapy & Counseling Philadelphia , PA

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

When you thought about the perfect life, you never imagined the various issues that come along with raising a family – your child struggling in school, behavioral issues, or having your relationship on the cusp of its breaking point.

But that’s right where you are, asking yourself how in the world you even got here!?

You have a ton of questions with few answers.

Parenting doesn’t come with an owner’s manual…

Despite reading books, asking friends and family, and feverishly searching Google, the problems in your family are starting to feel too large to overcome on your own.

You’re exhausted, you’re feeling stuck, and you’re nervous about what lies ahead.

How Family Therapy can help….

Family therapy can be that manual or textbook you’re looking for. Through guided exercises, you will identify unhealthy patterns or dynamics in your family system that need to be shifted.

Everyone will have to look at their role within the family. Then, each person’s behaviors will be evaluated for the value they hold in your family. Then, through compassion and empathy, change will ensue.

Shifting boundaries and maximizing positive interactions are only just the beginning of what you’ll get from family therapy. In the end, you’ll feel more connected to your family members and feel confident in yourself in the role that you play in your family.

Common Family Therapy Topics

  • Behavioral Issues
  • Puberty
  • Talking Back
  • Rule Breaking
  • Lack of connection with one another
  • Bullying
  • Low grades in school
  • High stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Separation/Divorce
  • Remarriage/Blended Families
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment to a new family member (birth)
  • Death
  • Relationships
  • Breakups
  • Parent with a mental or medical illness
  • Loss of a parent
  • Preparing for College
  • Transitioning Schools
  • Transitioning Jobs
  • Moving Locations
  • Choosing a High School

Help for you and your family is just a phone call away. Our clinicians are specialized in working with families during times of high stress to help find their strengths. Let us help you. 

What is Family Therapy & Counseling?

Family Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on the family system. The goal of family therapy is to help families develop skills and strategies for solving problems, improving communication, and increasing satisfaction with their relationships. It can also be used to address specific issues such as parenting difficulties or marital conflict.

Our Philadelphia family therapists work with individuals in the context of their connections with others to improve those relationships. They may use techniques from other types of therapy (e.g., cognitive-behavioral) but they are always focused on how people are within a system, rather than thinking about them on an individual level. This means that everyone will come together for their weekly family therapy session expected to participate. The therapist will focus on how each of you relate to one another and what your individual needs are and how the family system is meeting those needs. The therapist may ask you to move your seat or be more vocal. The therapist may also ask for you to be silent and listen. While you may meet with the therapist on your own at times, the majority of the sessions will include the entire family unit to talk about what’s going well and what needs improvement. It’s also common that your therapist will give tasks or thought provoking ideologies to take home with you to see how it impacts your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for next session.

Philadelphia Family Therapy Interventions

Families are under more stress and pressure than ever before. Parents have to deal with increased work demands, kids face unprecedented levels of academic pressure, and the expectations for success in life continues to increase. This all combines into an environment where families are experiencing higher levels of conflict, stress, and anxiety than ever before.

Our team at the Better You Institute specializes in helping families get through these difficult times by using an approach that is unique to you with form fitted family therapy interventions. We help families find their way back from the brink by identifying what’s causing issues within each family member’s personal world (work-related problems, social pressures, etc.) that are causing chaos in the family system. Or, we may point out relationship issues within the family that are exacerbating these individualized issues. We then help you by restructuring your family dynamics and interactions, guiding you to solutions that will allow you to become happier individuals who can better contribute towards making your family unit stronger on a daily basis.

Models of Family Therapy & Counseling We Utilize

Structural Family Therapy

Strategic Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy

Bowenian Family Therapy

Experiential Family Therapy

Narrative Family Therapy

Systemic Family Therapy

Online Family Therapy & Counseling

Online Family Therapy & Counseling, or Telehealth, can be helpful for a range of reasons. For instance, life gets busy, and it’s not always easy to make it into an office setting. So having a session from the convenience of your office or home may be best for you.

Or you experience elevated levels of anxiety or depression to where it is difficult for you to be in person with others. Having an appointment from the comforts of your own home may afford you the space to be vulnerable in other ways while you’re working toward growth.

Either way, we’re here to help you work in a way that feels right to you. Be sure to discuss with our intake specialist your options for telephone or video chat therapy! We work on a HIPAA-compliant platform that is free to you so that your confidentiality is guaranteed.

Grief Counseling for Loss of a Child

Grief is the most difficult experience people will ever go through. No one should have to deal with it alone, but often they do.

The Better You Institute helps families in crisis by providing grief counseling and support for parents who have experienced a loss of a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.

Our staff of trained professionals can help you find your way back from the depths of despair during this time when nothing seems right or fair. By helping you understand what happened and what comes next, we can be there with you every step along the journey.

Parent-Child Reunification Therapy

Children who are separated from their parents at a young age can experience long-term psychological and behavioral issues. We help children and teens reconnect with their parents through our unique approach to therapy.

Child Custody Counseling

One of the most difficult issues for divorcing couples is deciding who gets custody of their children. This issue often leads to conflict and bad feelings between parents, making it more difficult for them to work together as co-parents.

We help families make this transition by providing evidence-based recommendations on parenting arrangements that are mutually beneficial and fair but also consider each parent’s needs and concerns. Our goal is to help you resolve your dispute with your ex and provide tools so that you can continue working together as good co-parents while raising happier kids.

Do you need help with your family?

If you’re looking for an effective way to resolve conflict within your family, it may be time to consider hiring a professional therapist. They can guide how best to handle difficult situations and offer insight into why certain patterns exist within the home environment. This type of therapy has been proven successful when dealing with issues such as addiction, abuse, neglect, or mental illness, among other things.

We offer both online family therapy and counseling and offline family therapy and counseling. Do not hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation and to meet our therapists. Use the contact form below to get in touch to make your family the best version of yourselves!