What to Expect During Family Therapy: A Guide for Families

May 8, 2022

If you are the loved one of someone receiving treatment for a substance use disorder, family therapy can be an essential part of their recovery. Family therapy sessions provide support for both you and your loved one, and they can help you learn about healthy communication skills and how to support your loved one in recovery. This blog post will discuss what takes place in family therapy sessions and how they can help you and your loved one find healing.

Going to family therapy can be a daunting experience.

You may not know what to expect or what will happen in the session. This blog post is designed to help you understand what to expect during family therapy. We will go over the different types of family therapy, the goals of family therapy, and the family therapy process. 

The Different Types of Family Therapy

There are a variety of different types of family therapy. The most common types are:

  • behavioral family therapy
  • cognitive-behavioral family therapy
  • systems family therapy
  • multicultural family therapy

Each type of family therapy has different techniques. The therapist will choose the type of therapy based on your family’s specific needs.

The Goals of Therapy for Families

The goals of family therapy vary depending on the family’s specific situation. However, some general goals are common in most cases of family therapy. These goals include:

  • improving communication and problem-solving skills
  • learning how to cope with stress and emotions
  • resolving conflict
  • increasing feelings of closeness and connection.

The Process of Therapy for Families

Family sessions typically last for one hour and can be held once per week. Since no two families are alike, the number of sessions and how long those sessions are will vary depending on the specific family’s needs. During family therapy, you will meet with a therapist who will help you understand your loved one’s addiction and its effect on your relationship. You will also learn about healthy communication skills and how to support your loved one in recovery. Additionally, the therapist will provide support and guidance to the family members. Family therapy can help you to deal with your own feelings of stress and anxiety, which may have stemmed from watching your loved one in active addiction. 

Family Intensives at Origins Counseling

In addition to therapy, the family can receive quick help through our family-intensive process at Origins Counseling Dallas. 

The goal of our Family Intensives is to gain insight into the individual’s and the family’s dynamics and gain tools for increased connection, communication, problem-solving, and self-reflection of what may not be working. These intensives will give your family action ideas on practicing the tools learned in intensive sessions in day-to-day life. 

Family therapy is a powerful tool for healing relationships. If you are feeling lost or overwhelmed, please do not hesitate to reach out for help. Family therapy can be an incredibly beneficial experience for all members of the family. 


Origins Counseling is a program in Dallas, Texas, made available by a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We provide a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and evaluation, as well as renowned clinical care for addiction. We have the compassion and professional expertise needed to guide you toward lasting sobriety. For information on our programs, call us today: 866-671-4124.

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