What Exactly is Family Counseling?

Family therapy can be a helpful approach to almost any area of distress, conflict, or mental health concern.

Although we love thinking that happy and healthy families are naturally the most enriching relationships in life, that may not always be the case. Family can be impacted by a wide range of obstacles – things like finances, children, death or loss, divorces, and so much more. Working with our specialized family counselors can provide a safe, structured opportunity to work through any issue thrown at you and your family.

With no two families being alike, our psychologists and counselors use a variety of techniques to help families heal. A common technique used in family therapy is Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) which can help distressed families heal and grow far beyond the counseling sessions.

 Every counselor at Biltmore Psychology and Counseling brings a holistic understanding of family dynamics to his or her practice, and all of our counseling services are applicable for LGBT families and communities.

Common Focus of Family Counseling Includes:

  • Parent-Child Conflict
  • Sibling Conflict
  • Support after a Traumatic Event
  • Loss of Another Family Member
  • Planning for an Aging Parent or Medical Issue 
  • Blended Family Dynamics and Step-Parenting
  • Co-Parenting
  • Behavioral or Mood Difficulties in a Child
  • Communication Difficulties with Adult Children
  • Politics and Family
  • Parenting through Divorce

Teletherapy & Video Counseling Sessions Available

Biltmore Psychology and Counseling offers teletherapy sessions as a way to participate in counseling without needing to be physically present at our office.

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Family Counseling FAQ

What Are Typical Steps In Family Counseling?

Most starting sessions begin with introductions, discussing family history, current challenges, things that have worked, things that have not worked, and their goal of the therapy. Our therapists will help provide feedback on expectations and propose a treatment plan.

Later sessions typically include individual meetups to gather a more in-depth history.

Learn More: How to Prepare for Family Counseling Sessions

Will You Only Do Family Visits Or Will There Also Be Individual Visits?

Therapists will often see each person individually for at least one session to gather a more detailed personal history. Further individual sessions would be determined by the goals outlined.

What About Families With Children Under 18?

Every family is unique so it will depend on your specific situation – some content discussed may not be appropriate for childer under 18, our counselors will discuss this during the first session to determine if participation by your children may be appropriate.

Does Insurance Cover Family Counseling?

Our office is out-of-network, so we do not accept insurance directly. However, if your insurance plan offers out-of-network benefits, we can provide you with a receipt so that you can bill your insurance directly.

Depending on the individual insurance plan, many will be reimbursed for a percentage of their payment. To determine if you have out-of-network mental health coverage, contact your insurance and ask about whether your plan includes out-of-network mental health coverage. Feel free to contact our office at (480) 999-7070 with any questions.

How Much Does Family Counseling Cost?

Each family has their own specific reason for coming to family counseling. So, the price for family counseling sessions vary, depending on the family’s needs. If you have questions about pricing, please contact our offices for pricing: (480) 999-7070

What Other Services Do You Offer To Tempe?

Feel free to explore our Tempe counseling services page for a full list of provided services.

Meet our Team

Dr. Melissa Estavillo, PsyD


Doctorate and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology
Practice Areas: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Relationship / Marriage Counseling, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD / Trauma, Grief, Spiritual Integration, Medical Counseling

Audrey Sessions PsyD at Biltmore Psychology & Counseling in Phoenix, AZ


Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology
M.A. Clinical Psychology, Arizona School of Professional Psychology
M.S. Mental Health Counseling, Walden University
Practice Areas: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Emotional Regulation, LGBTQ+, Race-Based Stress, Military and Veteran-Related Issues, General Mental Health, Couples Counseling, Multicultural Diversity and Inclusion, Mindfulness

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Susan Self


M.S. Counseling and Human Services, University of Toledo
B.S. Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Practice Areas: Relationship / Marriage Counseling, Pre-marital Counseling, Parenting, General Counseling, Anxiety and Depression, Individual Therapy, Career Decisions, Caring for Aging Relatives, Life Changes, Work/Life Stressors


M.C. Counseling, Arizona State University
B.A. English (Literature), Arizona State University

Practice Areas: Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Cbt), Depression, Disability Counseling, Existential Therapy, Faith-Based Counseling, General Mental Health Counseling, Gerontological Counseling, Grief Counseling, Individual Counseling, Mindful Self-Compassion (Msc)


M.A. Human Resources and Substance Abuse, Ottawa University
M.A. Professional Counseling, Ottawa University
B.A. Psychology, Ottawa University

Practice Areas: Trauma, Anxiety, PTSD, Grief, Life Transitions, Women’s Focused Issues, LGBTQ+, Parenting, Depression, Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, Faith-based Counseling, General Mental Health Counseling

Heather Wheeler LCSW at Biltmore Psychology & Counseling in Phoenix, AZ


Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University
B.A. Psychology, Arizona State University

Specialties: Anxiety, CBT, Depression, Grief Counseling, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ+, Mindfulness, Family Counseling, General Mental Health Counseling, Women-Focused Issues/New Mothers Counseling, and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

Our Location Near Tempe, AZ

We’re here for you.

Our family therapists apply professional expertise and understanding to provide the best holistic counseling services in Tempe, AZ.

A 10-min consultation can help you determine whether our services would be the right fit for you. Call us today for a free phone consultation.

(480) 999-7070