Psych Lab Psychology Center

Private mental health services in Long Beach, CA

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.

Call or email to set up an appointment

By working outside of the insurance system, we're able to focus on providing high availability and premium quality services for our clients.

To set up an appointment, call us at (562) 684-1300 or email Our team can usually respond within an hour or two.

Experienced family therapists who help families heal

Tim Leslie, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

Tim Leslie

Licensed Marriage &
Family Therapist

An expert in communication and family systems, Tim helps families struggling with emotional and behavioral issues come together to restore order and balance.

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

Dr. David Godot

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Director

Dr. Godot 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. However, we do provide an app that makes it easy to submit claims for reimbursement from your smart phone in less than a minute.