Families are small and unique systems that sometimes experience stress and conflict through their differences with one another, or feel the strain when members experience problems. Family therapy enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and lives.
Using a strengths based approach, Renée Felder's family therapy views problems as patterns or systems that need adjusting, rather than viewing the problem as stemming from any one individual person. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have specific training and certifications in dealing with family dynamics and interactions.
- Blended Families
- New Parents
- Parenting Issues
Common Therapy Questions
How is family therapy different from other therapy?
What distinguishes family therapy from individual counseling or other types of sessions is the perspective or framework used, not how many people are present during the sessions.
My family is not blood-related; Can we still benefit from family therapy?
We define a family as anyone who plays a supportive role in another’s life, which may or may not be blood relations or family members in the same household. Family can describe any group of people who care about each other and define themselves as such.
Do family sessions cost more than other sessions?
Multiple persons in the session or sessions do not affect the cost of the therapy. Families are billed for the cost of the session itself, not the amount of people present. However, family sessions are often longer and are billed accordingly.
Will my insurance cover my sessions?
No insurance is accepted, but receipts will be provided with appropriate codes that can be submitted to insurance companies for reimbursement if you have out-of-network coverage. When you make your first appointment, check with your provider to see what they will cover. Here are questions you should ask:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible, and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
If you need to cancel an appointment, kindly provide at least 24-hours notice. Otherwise you may be required to pay the full fee for the session.