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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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    Kathy White LMFT
    1685 Westwood Dr, San Jose, CA 95125
    Marriage & Family Therapy Individual Therapy for Adults Individual Therapy for Kids or Teens Couples Therapy Family Therapy
    (408) 979-1030
    DR Dwight Grisham Psyclgst
    55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105
    We offer solutions for couples in conflict, including conflict resolution skills, emotional maturation and character development through cognitive behavior therapy for couples.
    (415) 543-2418
    Clark Helen
    2464 Eureka Way, Redding, CA 96001
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    (530) 241-5617
    User Review: "Wonderful, smart counselor. Gave us great recommendations for dealing with defiant teen and shoring up the cracks in a..." - Lori (CA)
    Fishkin Gerald L
    5855 E Naples Plz # 303, Long Beach, CA 90803
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    (562) 594-4330
    User Review: "He didn't help me or my marriage. He didn't know what he was dealing with. We spent a lot of $$ and got nowhere with dr...." - cheryl (CA)
    Campbell Lloyd DR
    71546 San Gorgonio Rd, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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    (760) 340-5772
    User Review: "In the three years that I have known dr. Campbell, I have come to know and understand myself, others and the inner workings..." - Marilyn (UT)
    Penny J Foreman LCSW Mft
    5230 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121
    I provide psychotherapy to individuals and couples. I specialize in relationship counseling, depression and anxiety, substance abuse, and parenting. Please call today for an appointment.
    (858) 657-0007
    Entrust Psychotherapy
    3151 Airway Ave Ste K102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    COSTA MESA. Attractive, feng-shui, psychotherapy suite with separate entrance facing flowing water gardens. Very peaceful and private. 2 spacious, furnished window offices available.
    (714) 444-0395
    First Avenue Counseling Centre
    2333 1st Ave, Suite 204, San Diego, CA 92101
    Help for people who want to feel better personally or have a more satisfying relationship. My specialties are individual and couples therapy. Sliding scale, flexible hours, nice person.
    (619) 977-6426
    Greenwood Janet Ph.D. RN Mft
    Elk Grove, CA 95624
    I am dedicated to healing marriages and keeping families together. My background includes 25 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families and organizations. Let me counsel your marriage today.
    (916) 924-8255
    Greg Gearn, LMFT
    471 E Tahquitz Cyn, Suite 202, Palm Springs, CA 92262
    Brief, focused, efficient and effective counseling for individuals, couples and families.
    (760) 325-2219
    Integral Lifework Center
    4469 Morrell St, San Diego, CA 92109
    T.Collins Logan has over a decade of experience in patient advocacy, alternative healing arts and transpersonal counseling. • Convenient Pacific Beach location • Weekday, weekend and evenings
    (858) 449-4412
    Laura Collins Attny Mediator
    1187 Coast Village Road 1361, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
    Laura Collins and Russell Collins are an attorney-psychotherapist team providing child-centered divorce mediation
    (805) 969-6370
    Relationship Cafe
    23161 Mill Creek Dr. Suite 335, Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    Couples/Marriage Counseling in Orange County. Therapy to improve your relationship. Specializing in depression, grief/loss, self esteem, communication problems, intimacy issues and life stressors.
    (949) 553-6100
    Sandra M. Wolf, Mft
    3855 E.la Palma, Ste. 115, Anaheim, CA 92807
    Are you a new parent? Are you feeling not as joyful as you thought you'd be? Feeling overwhelmed? You don't have to go through this alone! I can help! I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.
    (714) 747-6959
    Dream Marrige Consultant
    22681 Oakgrove, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
    Dream Marriage Training for newly wed, soon-to-be wed, or those who've been married for few to many years.
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    (949) 878-7100
    User Review: "Lady is bad and not licensed to do any counseling"

    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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