Psych Lab Psychology Center

Scientific psychotherapy in Long Beach, California

Phone (562) 684-1300


Long Beach, California family growing together in family counseling

Family therapy brings home healing and balance

By helping you optimize interactions and improve relationships, our family therapists can help your family regain balance, flexibility, and harmony. It's valuable for addressing any issues that affect the whole family, such as:

Our experienced therapy team understands the complex patterns that play out within a family system. We offer practical advice on what you can do to help yourselves and your kids succeed and be happy. We help you learn more helpful styles of communication, fostering openness & collaboration. You can also learn to set healthy boundaries, enjoy mutual respect, and overcome family traumas. Online family counseling sessions are also available for busy families or those coping with regular travel.

Start healing now:

  1. Request a free consultation (click here)
  2. Schedule an in-depth therapy evaluation to understand what's needed
  3. Meet with your therapist weekly to work on skills, growth, & healing

Experienced family therapists who help families heal

Amy Melchor, Associate Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Amy Melchor

Associate Marriage &
Family Therapist

Helps people regain hope in spite of the most difficult circumstances.

Oscar Sermeno, Associate Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Oscar Sermeno

Associate Professional
Clinical Counselor

Helps people learn to value their themselves & their experiences.

Hailey Hause, Associate Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Hailey Hause

Associate Marriage &
Family Therapist

Focused on healing trauma and social anxiety, and facilitating personal growth.

Tyra Norwood, Licensed Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Tyra Norwood

Licensed Marriage &
Family Therapist

Helps people heal from complex family issues, trauma, depression, and anxiety.

Melissa Olmedo, Associate Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Melissa Olmedo

Registered Dance &
Movement Therapist

Specializes in therapy to heal psychosis, confusion, and mind-body disturbance.

Carin Chin, Associate Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Carin Chin

Associate Marriage &
Family Therapist

Helps people regain hope in spite of the most difficult circumstances.

Tanya Montgomery, Associate Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Tanya Montgomery

Associate Marriage &
Family Therapist

Skilled in working with complex trauma, severe & chronic mental illness, autism, and ADHD.

Kira Xiong, Associate Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Kira Xiong

Associate Professional
Clinical Counselor

Experienced with trauma, disabilities, chronic pain, domestic violence, and relationship problems.

Caleb Park, Associate Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Caleb Park

Associate Marriage &
Family Therapist

Specializes in work stress, addictions, broken family structures, trauma, and anxiety.

Carmela DuBois, Associate Psychologist in Long Beach, CA

Dr. Carmela DuBois

Psychological Associate

Specializes in helping families of military, police, first responders, and other high-stress professions.

Aubrey Studebaker, Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Aubrey Studebaker

Supervising Therapist

Helps people work through trauma, identity issues, & tough life transitions.

Dr. David Godot, Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Long Beach, CA

Dr. David Godot

Supervising Psychologist

Focuses on helping families manage the effects of trauma and mental illness.

How does family therapy work?

Family therapy is typically structured into weekly 50- or 90-minute sessions.

Your therapist will work to identify the problems affecting the family and any patterns of communication that might be working against you. These could include power struggles, conflicting beliefs, or stress caused by external circumstances.

Next, you'll get to work on developing practical communication skills, resolving conflicts, negotiating better boundaries, and supporting one another more fully.

How long does family therapy usually take?

As with individual therapy, the duration of family therapy can vary significantly based on the nature and severity of the problems being addressed.

Family therapy focused on coping with loss or change may take as few as 6 to 8 sessions. Research has found that family therapy aimed at working with severe emotional or behavioral issues shows its greatest effects after at least 20 sessions.

When to choose family therapy vs. individual therapy?

Family therapy offers a major benefit for serious or complex problems — especially where the disordered individual is not willing or able to fully engage in therapy on their own. Examples include:

  • Behavioral problems in children & adolescents
  • Eating disorders, especially in children
  • Domestic violence
  • Addictions
  • Psychosomatic disorders
  • Narcissistic or antisocial personality
  • Problems adapting to developmental disorders (like ADHD or autism spectrum)
  • Serious mental illness such as bipolar, schizophrenia, psychosis, severe depression, or agoraphobia

Is family therapy covered by insurance?

Insurance may cover family therapy if it is focused on treating a family member's diagnosed mental health condition.

For example, family therapy can be an important part of the treatment for a teenager's anxiety or oppositional defiance, a mother's postpartum depression, or a father's bipolar disorder. If one or more members of your family are suffering any kind of emotional disturbance, we'll provide the documentation you need to file an insurance claim.

Psych Lab is a private clinic providing out-of-network service. We do not bill insurance directly, and collect payment directly from patients at the time of service.