What is Marriage and Family therapy?
Marriage and family therapy is based on the research and theory that mental illness, emotional disorders and family problems are best treated in a family context. Marriage and Family Therapists (often referred to as MFT’s or Family Therapists), trained in psychotherapy and family systems provide the same services as other mental health professionals, with a different orientation. Whether the treatment unit is an individual, a couple or a family, Marriage and Family Therapists focus on understanding their clients’ symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment.
What problems are commonly treated by Family Therapists?
Individuals may seek the help of a Family Therapist for symptoms of
depression, anxiety and other affective disorders; alcoholism or substance
abuse; emotional trauma; severe mental illness and possibly, behavioral
aspects of physical illness.
How do I know I’m getting a fully-qualified Marriage and Family Therapist?
You are assured of quality credentials with a “Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist,” which is indicated by the initials LMFT
following the degree designation after the therapist’s name, e.g.
Barbara A. Stratton, M.A., LMFT. This tells you that the mental health
professional you are contacting has met all of the credentialing requirements,
specific to the educational and experience standards set by the state
Department of Regulatory Agencies.