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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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    Alexandria, VA 22314
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    Arizona Behavioral Health Associates PC
    710 N Beaver St Bldg 2-2, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    We're a comprehensive outpatient mental health service in the area. If you want the best mental health and behavioral science professionals on your side, give us a call today.
    (928) 774-7997
    Myers Dina R. MA LPC LLC
    Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    Experienced and licensed professional counselor with a PhD in educational psychology. Helping you with issues that affect your life. Call to schedule an initial counseling session. Let us help with abuse and grief.
    (928) 600-2148
    Schmuckler David LCSW
    Prescott, AZ 86301
    I am a licensed professional, with over 30 years of experience. I provide confidential and expert care for depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, and relationship problems.
    (928) 710-2251
    Deborah Bennet MSW
    1521 N Beaver St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 774-6414
    Burt Gershater MA
    222 N Verde St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 779-5118
    New Leaf Wellness Building
    222 N Verde St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 779-5118
    Andrea Lynn Graber EDD
    3 N Leroux St Ste 206, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 779-3404
    Valarie L Hannemann PH D
    1851 W Getaway Trl, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 214-9187
    Gerner Michael E Ph.D. PC
    3 N Leroux St Ste 207, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 214-0872
    Penni L Patterson Icsw
    15 E Cherry Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 779-7166
    Kim Kalas Ed.D.
    1521 N Beaver St Ste 6, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 774-6414
    Cynthia Knox Ph.D.
    809 N Humphreys St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 779-2126
    Flagstaff Child & Family Counseling Center
    408 N Kendrick St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 774-6364
    Kirsten Mueller Page Ma, LMFT
    1515 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 213-0344
    Mary L Delduca MD
    1515 N San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (928) 774-1538

    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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