Family Therapy

Family Therapy located in Westport, CT

Being part of a family can be wonderful, but it can also present challenges. Do you and your family struggle in any area? At my practice, Joan Oppenheim, PsyD, LLC, in Westport, Connecticut, I provide understanding and guidance to help you navigate the challenges you might face as a family unit. Call or book an appointment online today. You can also request a telehealth visit.

Family Therapy Q&A

What is family therapy?

Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling that addresses issues within families and intimate relationships. It understands that family dynamics and interactions can strongly influence an individual's psychological health and behavior.

Rather than focusing solely on an individual, family therapy views problems within the context of the family system and works toward resolving conflicts and improving communication among family members.

What issues can family therapy address?

Family therapy can address a wide range of issues, including:

  • Communication problems
  • Conflict resolution
  • Behavioral concerns (exhibited by children or adolescents)
  • Substance misuse (addiction-related hardships within the family)
  • Mental health conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia)
  • Life transitions (e.g., divorce, remarriage, or relocation)
  • Parenting challenges (managing parenting-related stress or conflicts)

No matter the stress-related condition(s) you deal with, I have the expertise to provide guidance and help the family navigate challenges.

Who is a candidate for family therapy?

Anyone experiencing relational or interpersonal difficulties within the family structure can benefit from family therapy. It's not solely for immediate family members but can also include extended families, blended families, couples, or individuals dealing with relationship issues. 

Families facing crises or struggling with ongoing conflicts can particularly benefit from this form of therapy.

How does family therapy work?

During family therapy, I facilitate discussions, encourage healthy communication, and help identify problematic patterns within the family system. I may use various techniques, such as:

  • Structural therapy (focuses on the family structure and boundaries)
  • Strategic therapy (implements specific interventions to address issues)
  • Narrative therapy (helps rewrite negative family narratives and promote positive ones)
  • Systemic therapy (explores the interconnectedness of family members' emotions and behaviors)

I create a safe and supportive environment where family members can express themselves, learn new ways of interacting, and develop healthier relationships. The goal is to improve understanding, strengthen relationships, and foster positive changes within the family unit.

Family therapy is a collaborative process emphasizing teamwork and mutual understanding among family members to create lasting, positive changes in their dynamics and interactions.

If you’re looking for help navigating struggles within the family unit, make an appointment online or by calling the office. Telehealth appointments are also a convenient option.

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC
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Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Psychologist located in Westport, CT, serving Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Fairfield, Weston, Easton CT, and Westchester County, NY


My  practice is based in Westport, Connecticut but serves all of Fairfied County and I conduct telehealth therapy for those in New York and Westchester County. I built my practice with an emphasis on high quality patient care and experience with  a particular emphasis on communication and responsiveness. I feel privileged to be entrusted with a patient's care and to bear witness during their vunerable times while they seek help.

I earned a BA from Yale College-Yale University, an MA from Teachers College-Columbia University and earned my doctoral degree at  the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. 

I underwent further training through a predoctoral internship at Clifford-Beers Child Guidance Clinic and Post Traumatic Stress Consortium, a postdoctoral residency at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. I am a member of an organization called Give an Hour which  provides theraputic services to service members, vets and their families and I have served as a Special Master for the Conneticut Judicidary as well as consulted with local schools.

My practice is dedicated to working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families, helping them make essential changes to improve their functioning and enhance their quality of life. I seek to empower patients with solution-focused approaches guiding them through challenging situations and relationships within a warm, constructive, and confidential environment that restores balance in their lives.

I help patients achieve hope, problem-solving skills to use in the future and personal empowerment for those facing anxiety, depression and adjustment issues. I also provide  therapy for individuals, couples who are experiencing the challenges of infidelity, marital discord, divorce and the accompanying changes for themselves and their families.  I specialize in parental education to address issues concerning children as well as providing psychological and psychoeducational assessments.

To book an appointment, use the online booking tool or call today. Telehealth is available and I offer a complimentary fifteen-minute telephone consultation.