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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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    A Counseling Center
    11 Northtown Dr Ste 205d, Jackson, MS 39211
    We provide the community with effective counseling services. Our experienced and educated counselors can help with everything from anxiety and depression to marriage problems and loss of a loved one.
    (601) 977-9901
    Taylor Susan H MD
    405 Fontaine Pl, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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    (601) 956-1992
     
    User Review: "Highly intelligient, strong faith, allows client to have own faith, offers suggestions for change and solutions to problems..."
    Guillotte Claude A Mdiv LPC
    112 Innwood Dr, Covington, LA 70433
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    (985) 892-5664
     
    User Review: "Claude is wonderful. I couldn't have gotten through the ordeal of my divorce withoput him. I always feel better when i..." - Sacagawea (LA)
    Wic State Agency
    640 Georgetown St Ste 4, Hazlehurst, MS 39083
    (601) 894-4300
    Anne Atkinston Henderson Ph.D.
    115 N Cleveland Ave, Brookhaven, MS 39601
    (601) 835-3306
    St Paul Family Life Center
    508 N Second St, Brookhaven, MS 39601
    (601) 833-0303
    CrossRoads Counseling-Pearl
    5611 Highway 80 E, Pearl, MS 39208
    (601) 939-6634
    Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals
    310 Airport Rd S, Pearl, MS 39208
    (601) 933-4994
    David B Jones Ph.D. LPC
    1963 W Mcdowell Rd, Jackson, MS 39204
    (601) 346-4479
    Monastery Carmelite
    2155 Terry Rd, Jackson, MS 39204
    (601) 373-3412
    Emmanuel Family Life Center
    627 W Porter St, Jackson, MS 39204
    (601) 969-9399
    Harris Ronnie LPC
    931 Highway 80 W Unit 104, Jackson, MS 39204
    (601) 961-0555
    Greater Mt Calvary Baptist Church
    1400 Robinson St, Jackson, MS 39203
    (601) 352-8585
    Mid-Jackson Family Resource Center
    301 Adelle St, Jackson, MS 39202
    (601) 965-8000
    Mississippi Mediation & Arbitration
    628 N State St, Jackson, MS 39202
    (601) 969-5580


    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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