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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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    Arkansas Christian Counseling
    5111 Rogers Ave Ste 55, Fort Smith, AR 72903
    Professional counseling for individuals or couples. We offer free initial confidential consultation, as well as help and support for depression, anxiety, couples therapy, grief and life issues.
    (479) 452-3466
    Grace Counseling Service
    135 W. Sunbridge Dr. Ste. 2, Fayetteville, AR 72703
    Looking for help? We’re here for you. Our licensed Family Counselors in Fort Smith want to assist you in finding a solution. Individual therapy or Marriage Counselors are available specializing in a multitude of areas. Use us to help find your way out of the dark. We’re in Fort Smith and eager to guide you.
    (479) 225-1111
    Mt. Comfort Counseling Serices
    3249 W Mt. Comfort Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72703
    A licensed counselor with a Christian perspective. We treat children, adults, couples, and families for a variety of mental health issues. These include anxiety, depression, and family issues.
    (479) 738-7059
    Preferred Counseling
    108 N 18th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901
    (479) 709-9880
    Brown Debra
    418 S 18th St, Fort Smith, AR 72901
    (479) 782-7775
    Roberts Gregory D
    211 N Greenwood Ave Ste B, Fort Smith, AR 72901
    (479) 478-0211
    Mt Hope Counseling Center
    1320 N B St, Fort Smith, AR 72901
    (479) 494-7000
    Arkansas Counseling Associates
    100 Towson Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901
    (479) 784-9801
    Dianne Baer Counseling LLC
    401 Lexington Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72901
    (479) 709-9779
    Polinskey Terry Ed. D.
    3706 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72903
    (479) 783-7931
    Back To Basics Counseling Services, LLC
    1122 S Waldron Rd Ste C, Fort Smith, AR 72903
    (479) 719-7051
    Rust LCSW Paul LMFT
    5111 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72903
    (479) 484-1111
    Family Service Agency
    5111 Rogers Ave, Fort Smith, AR 72903
    (479) 484-0311
    J B U Care Clinic Ft Smith
    1401 S Waldron Rd, Fort Smith, AR 72903
    (479) 478-7048
    Doris Poole LPC
    9201 Dallas St, Fort Smith, AR 72903
    (479) 648-3081

    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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