What is Couples/Family Therapy?

Category: Psychotherapy

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Generic Name: Couples/Family Therapy

Family therapy, also referred to as couple and family therapy and family systems therapy, is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Patients with evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
A recent event or problem in the couple or family 19 3
Improve communication 14 3
Support mental / emotional health 11 1
Substance abuse in family 4 1
Mood 4 0
Emotional changes 2 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

side_effects of Couples/Family Therapy"

Severe
1
Moderate
3
Mild
1
None
20

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Couples/Family Therapy

Stress 3
Feelings of hopelessness 2
Despair 2
Rage 1
Feeling of alienation 1
Heartache 1

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently participating in Couples/Family Therapy)
Dosage Patients
45 min monthly 3
50 min monthly 4
60 min monthly 15
180 min monthly 1
100 min monthly 6
120 min monthly 9
45 min weekly 5
50 min weekly 7
60 min weekly 25
90 min weekly 4
Why Patients Stopped Couples/Family Therapy(multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Other 24
Felt finished with this treatment 9
Expense 8
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 7
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 6
Found another therapist or program I preferred 4
No convenient appointments available 3
I didn't have enough time 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Doctor's advice 1
See all 39 patients who’ve stopped participating in Couples/Family Therapy

Duration

How Long Current Patients Have Been In Couples/Family Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 2
2 years or more 9
Stopped participating in Couples/Family Therapy
Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 7
3-6 months 8
6 months-1 year 8
1-2 years 9
2 years or more 5
Adherence
Always
10 40%
Usually
11 44%
Sometimes
2 8%
Never
2 8%
Burden
Very
3 12%
Somewhat
9 36%
A little
5 20%
Not at all
8 32%
Cost
$200+
6 33%
$100-199
4 22%
$50-99
3 17%
$25-49
0 0%
< $25
5 28%
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6 patient evaluations for Couples/Family Therapy

Chelena
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Chelena
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 58
Condition: Osteoarthritis 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of Life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Osteoarthritis

See Chelena's full Couples/Family Therapy history

May 31, 2011 (Started Apr 10, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for A long-term problem in the couple or family: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Never
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 50 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: We tried quite a few couples therapists over the years but they just didn't work for us. Finally one of my old therapists realized how close we were to divorcing (mainly because of my depression, PTSD, and the length of my illness and severity of my condition that led to four suicide attempts) and recommended we see Jill before we did one more thing. She was amazing. Truly a gifted therapist and human being. We all pretty much thought our marriage was pretty hopeless but the fact that we were willing to commit to trying to see if there was any hope of salvaging and healing was enough for Jill to encourage us to come. Otherwise, if we hadn't of said, "Yes, we are committed to trying," she would have said, "I'm sorry. I just can't work with couples that are not committed." Five years later much has happened. I also found a new individual psychologist (thanks to Jill) so I was finally getting the help I needed individually, and in May of 2010, Laura, my therapist, saw how frustrated I was with all the bad psychiatrists I had had at Kaiser... that she called an old acquaintance who still worked there and it took nine months of haggling with Kaiser but I finally "was allowed" to see him and he got my meds straightened out for the first time in 10 years. So a lot has contributed to our marriage life improving but most of all, it's like Jill said: You have to be committed and work hard.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Exposing our true feelings

Feb 24, 2011 (Started Apr 10, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for A long-term problem in the couple or family: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 50 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: Couples therapy with this therapist has been nothing short of miraculous. We were on the edge of despair, hopelessness, no communication and obviously divorce. This past five years has been a roller coaster ride all the way but we have all benefitted and learned from it. There is much less despair and hopelessness. Communication has improved but mostly because we have had to accept that we are two very different people who do not have anything in common in terms of how we problem solve, deal with stress, etc. When I say "accept" this is an ongoing process that is still very hard to adhere to. Now my husband wants us to stop therapy all together. I do not want to. I think we need this space to continue to figure out whether we can live as "room mates" or whether we have the strength and desire to be happier and go our separate ways. I think both of us wish there was still hope to re-kindle what we had physically when we met 36 years ago but there has been too much water under our bridge and it just isn't going to happen. So I shall report in a month or so to see if we will try to see this therapist once a month still. I think we (I) deserve at least that much.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Exposing our true feelings

May 21, 2010 (Started Apr 10, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for A long-term problem in the couple or family: Major
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 50 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: Jill K. has literally helped us save our marriage. It's hard work and one has to really trust that it's worth the time and effort it takes not only in therapy but at home. Unexpected benefits is real life changes in our attitudes, understanding of ourselves, our relationship and how we affect each other, our history and how it affected us long term, etc. Our daily life now is so much more relaxed and we are able to deal much more effectively the big and little stresses and problems that arise in any marriage. And if there is something we feel we can't handle by ourselves we have learned to shelve it until we have therapy -- even if that means waiting three weeks.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: Exposing our true feelings

Aug 21, 2008 (Started Apr 10, 2006)

  • Perceived effectiveness for A long-term problem in the couple or family: Major
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 120 min Monthly
Advice & Tips: Good marriage counselors are hard to find so keep looking and don't give up. If one of the SO's are resistant to getting help I am not sure what to say other than if you know other couples who are in therapy then make sure your SO knows that. Often, people feel embarassed or that it's not "normal" to seek help for such personal problems. Being vulnerable with one's SO as well as a trained professional is not easy but it does get easier as time goes on and if the therapist is worth her weight in gold!
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: Exposing our true feelings

  • 1 helpful mark
mountabora
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mountabora
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Overwhelming
30 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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Nov 13, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for A long-term problem in the couple or family: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 110 min Monthly
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
searchinglikeme
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searchinglikeme
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
45 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: g
I have:
Dysthymia

See searchinglikeme's full Couples/Family Therapy history

Feb 2, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for A long-term problem in the couple or family: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Somewhat
Dosage: 120 min Monthly
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Aug 20, 2008 (Started Dec 01, 2007)

  • Perceived effectiveness for A long-term problem in the couple or family: Major
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Usually
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 120 min Monthly
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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