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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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    Donovan Senft MA Kelly Mft
    75-5591 Palani Rd Ste 3006, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    Looking for individual, couples or family counseling? We offer psychotherapy counseling to all populations, including adults, teens and children. We can handle all your mental health needs.
    (808) 938-4162
    Karmen Smythe / Pyschic Intermediary
    Haiku, HI 96708
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    (808) 264-9521
    User Review: "Beyond what I expected, shes relatable and real. I am blown away. You wont be disappointed."
    Summer Mft Eggleston Csac
    77-6400 Nalani St Ste 200, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    (808) 327-1711
    Deborah Ph.D. Chavez Mft
    75-5744 Alii Dr Ste 248, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    (808) 322-9288
    Darlene Ashley Ph.D.
    75-5744 Alii Dr Ste 237, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    (808) 329-5800
    Cumes Jeffrey W
    75-5744 Alii Dr, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    (808) 323-9510
    Access Capabilities Inc
    75-5995 Kuakini Hwy Ste 115, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    (808) 334-0979
    Kuakini Makai Family Counseling Center
    75-5742 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    (808) 326-9210
    Parents and Children Together-Big Island
    76-147 Royal Poinciana Dr, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    (808) 334-1405
    Life Church
    75-5699 Alii Dr, Kailua Kona, HI 96740
    (808) 326-7000
    Ken Kirchner Ph.D.
    77-137 Kalaniuka St, Holualoa, HI 96725
    (808) 322-2600
    John A Hibscher Ph.D.
    81-933 Kee Kee St, Kealakekua, HI 96750
    (808) 323-2607
    Orchid Isle Psychotherapy
    79-7460 Mamalahoa Hwy Ste 214, Kealakekua, HI 96750
    (808) 324-1815
    64-5234 Hohola Dr, Kamuela, HI 96743
    (808) 885-5988
    Peter A In MD
    65-1206 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743
    (808) 885-7444

    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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