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Family Therapy

Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist located in Houston, TX
Phyllis Tonkin, LCSW
Family Therapy

Family Therapy services offered in Houston, TX

Maintaining a healthy, respectful, loving family can get complex and difficult when you factor in the individual dynamics and old behavioral patterns that undermine daily life. As a family therapist, Phyllis Tonkin, LCSW, has years of experience providing counseling that rebuilds communication and strengthens the family. Don’t wait for your family struggles to work out because things often get worse. Call the office in Houston, Texas, or go online today to request that first appointment.

Family Therapy Q&A

What defines family therapy?

Family therapy focuses on the issues affecting the entire family unit and the needs of each family member. A family unit can include everyone living in the same household, even if they’re not all related. In some cases, family therapy includes people who are related but live in another household.

When would I need family therapy?

You may need Phyllis’ compassionate guidance if your family:

  • Engages in criticism and blaming behaviors
  • Sees one family member as the problem
  • Doesn’t allow individual members to become what they desire to be
  • Doesn’t know how or hasn’t succeeded at improving their problems
  • Feels stuck doing things the same way (even though they don’t work)
  • Rigidly follows rules (no lenience under any circumstance; rules are never questioned)
  • Feels lost and can’t resolve issues related to transitions (divorce, blended families)

Because families are dynamic units that embrace a group of unique individuals, they can struggle with problems for months or years, unable to navigate change or resolve old wounds or conflicts.

The more they get stuck in negative cycles, the more they need Phyllis’ insight and expertise to find the heart of the problem and teach them how to heal.

What problems can family therapy help?

Family therapy can help families work through and resolve any challenge they face. Phyllis walks with you every step of the way, supporting you through issues such as:

  • Behavioral problems (in any family member)
  • Mental health disorders (in any family member)
  • Parent-child conflict
  • Sibling conflict
  • Gender identity and transitions
  • Trouble at school
  • Becoming a stepfamily
  • Communication problems
  • Domestic violence
  • Generation gap issues
  • Divorce or separation
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Major life transitions (moving, the birth of a new baby, job loss)


When one person in the family has any type of problem, the entire family is affected by the stress. In severe cases, family members may become isolated from their friends or one another. Phyllis opens the door to new possibilities, helping you restore and maintain a healthy, functional family.

If your family needs therapy, it’s essential to find a therapist you feel comfortable with. Clients feel safe and immediately connect with Phyllis Tonkin, LCSW, making it easy to talk about their difficult issues.

To schedule a family therapy appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

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