therapy faqs - counseling explained

What is the difference between a family therapist and a counselor?

The two are very similar. A counselor will see individual people, but a family therapist, or family counselor, will see multiple people in the room at once. A combination of the two is very beneficial. It’s ideal to seek individual therapy first and then move to family therapy. Some family therapists practice the Family Systems Theory (FST).

Family Systems Theory (FST)

Family Systems Therapy works to help each member of the family understand their role within the larger entity – and how one person can impact everyone and throw off the entire group dynamic. It is essential that the entire family participate as a team when using Family Systems Therapy.

How is Family Counseling Different?

Most family therapists also practice individual counseling and know how to work “within the system” when it comes to things like social workers, foster care, insurance, and other red tape types hurdles that can become cumbersome to families.
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How to get started with counseling

We’ll start by arraging a free phone consultation with you an one of our trusted thereapist. You'll briefly discuss your needs and decide if you'd like to process with booking a session. Many clients opt for a combination of online and in-office sessions; others choose one or the other as their schedule demands - we offer both to suit your needs!

We offer online therapy to Arizona residents and in-person therapy for those in the Scottsdale are - and we are currently accepting new clients.

Take the first step today...

At Claibourne Counseling, we offer a supportive and collaborative environment – we’re here to help when you’re ready!