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Important Terms about Marriage & Family Counselors

Marriage and family counselors are professionals trained to deal with a wide variety of marital and interpersonal problems. If you’re looking for a marriage and family counselor, there’s a very good chance that you’re unfamiliar with some of the concepts and terminology used in this field. Below we’ll define certain key terms you might encounter.

  • Family Therapy – A branch of psychotherapy that deals with treating the interpersonal problems of an entire family unit. This unit can include a married or unmarried couple, their children, close relatives, and even persons who are not related by blood or marriage. Also called family systems therapy and family counseling.
  • Therapist – The general term for someone trained in aiding individuals or persons in overcoming physical or mental problems. Family therapists or counselors treat all members of a family unit. They are skilled in analyzing marital issues and interpersonal conflicts that arise within a family. A family therapist will generally have a master’s degree and additional training in fields such as psychology, psychotherapy, or social work.
  • MFT – Abbreviation for Marriage and Family Therapist. This is a common license for persons who work in the field of marital therapy.
  • Genogram – Sometimes used in marital counseling, a graph that visually depicts family relationships.
  • Depression – A mental disorder characterized by low energy, persistent sadness, and loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities.
  • Domestic Violence – Abusive behavior that occurs within a family.
  • Conflict Resolution – The process of resolving interpersonal disagreements.
  • Dysfunctional Family – A family whose members engage in a pattern of abnormal, damaging behavior with one another.
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy – A type of therapy that focuses on improving one’s dealings with other people, rather than internal psychological states.
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    American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
    Alexandria, VA 22314
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    801 Avalon Ave Ste 207, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
    Individual and couples counseling for relationships, stepfamlies, mental health issues, anger management, grief, addictive behaviors, and personal growth
    (256) 389-9777
    Terri Mudge
    601 Bel Air Blvd, Mobile, AL 36606
    I offer psychotherapy and counseling to individual adolescents and adults as well as counseling for couples and families.
    (251) 476-9994
    Lisa Mcmanue Licensed Professional Counselor
    27625 Us Highway 98, Daphne, AL 36526
    We offer confidential counseling for individuals, couples and families. Our counselor can handle everything from grief and depression to severe anxiety and marital issues. Let us help you with mental and emotional issues.
    (251) 626-7959
    Footsteps Counseling LLC
    475 Providence Main St Nw, Huntsville, AL 35806
    Our center offers counseling services for children, adults and families. If you are struggling with emotional issues, such as grief, anxiety, depression or trauma, please give our center a call today.
    (256) 701-0993
    A Family Matter
    416 N Seminary St, Suite 2100, Florence, AK 35630
    A Family Matter First provides counseling and psychotherapy service to the individuals, couples, children and families in Florence & Muscle Shoals, Alabama (AL).
    (256) 766-5707
    Design for Living
    7 Bridge St, Pike Road, AL 36064
    Conveniently located in the surrounding area, we offer Christian counseling for individuals, families, children, and more. We assist with anger management, depression, grief, and more.
    (334) 239-7878
    Creative Pathways
    1303 West Main Street, Centre, AL 35960
    Counseling provided for children, adolescents, individuals couples and families. Looking for creative ways to solve your problems, such as anxiety, depression, stress, anger or family issues? Call us.
    (256) 452-9018
    The Laundry Room II
    Huntsville, AL 35811
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    (256) 851-1722
     
    User Review: "Very clean and the staff was very helpful and professional. I had them wash and fold my cloth and they did a greatt job. I..." - Rod (AL)
    Mountain Crest Counseling
    414 Old Town St, Guntersville, AL 35976
    (256) 582-0300
    Adult & Child Development Professionals
    2305 Arlington Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 933-9276
    Judith A Harrington Ph.D.
    2330 Highland Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205
    (205) 226-2400
    Janie J Plaxco MA LPC
    520 Ml King Jr Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    (205) 758-2013
    April R Lane Ph.D. LPC
    307 Main Ave, Northport, AL 35476
    (205) 248-0124
    Curt Newell Ph.D.
    308 Montgomery Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35216
    (205) 822-4949
    Doris Ph.D. Wood LPC Fmft
    504 Scott St, Birmingham, AL 35209
    (205) 223-3506


    Most couples have marital issues, and sometimes resolving these issues requires outside counseling from a family therapist or marriage counselor. Marriage counseling is designed to keep families together, avoid divorce, and improve the overall mental health of everyone involved. Family therapy can even bring children into sessions to help manage their care as well. Family therapists didn't start treating relationship psychology issues until around the 1950s. Before this time, psychologists and psychiatrists dealt mostly with individual therapy while friends, family, and church leaders gave advice regarding marital issues. Marriage therapy and counseling now helps couples realize that each individual has their own unique personality and helps them work out the conflicting emotions that arise from these personalities clashing. Therapists also aid spouses to understand and cope while their significant other goes through mental issues, like depression or anger. They can help work through the anxiety that may arise from past physical or emotional abuse from a spouse or parent and give advice to all individuals involved in a custody battle. Before choosing a specialist, look at their credentials and experience first. The right therapist should be licensed in their field as well as have expert training in the particular subject you are wishing to discuss. You may wish to see if the person you're looking into has ever been sued for malpractice, which is more common with psychiatrists that psychologists since the latter cannot prescribe medication. If children need to be involved in the counseling process, look for individuals with previous experience with the age group your child falls into.
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