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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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    Relationship Counseling Center
    116 W 47th St, Kansas City, MO 64112
    Relationship Counseling Center specializes in relationship issues, both couples and individuals. Couples counseling, marriage therapy, relationship support & premarital.
    (816) 832-4224
    About Face Mental Health Services
    1734 E 63rd St Ste 502, Kansas City, MO 64110
    Mental heath services and counseling center for individuals and families, including couples counseling. Our therapists offer treatment for depression, life coaching, divorce, stress and other issues.
    (816) 444-6200
    Leah Barreca LPC
    9 Ne Munger Ave Ste B, Kansas City, MO 64119
    Providing children, teenagers, and adults with psychological counseling. Our licensed counselors offer individual, couples, and group therapy. We can help with peer pressure, depression, grief, behavioral issues, and more.
    (816) 453-8300
    Integrative Medical Specialists LLC
    9359 W 75th St, Overland Park, KS 66204
    Get in touch for therapy from one of our licensed counselors. We offer marriage and family therapy for individuals, couples and families. Get in touch for the best licensed counselors in town.
    (913) 825-6111
    The Family Conservancy
    444 Minnesota Ave Ste 200, Kansas City, KS 66101
    (913) 342-1110
    WIC State Agency
    619 Ann Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101
    (913) 573-6720
    Heart of America Family Services
    626 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101
    (913) 573-1110
    Kansas City Area Life Science Institute
    30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64101
    (816) 753-7700
    Downtown Council The
    911 Main St Ste 110, Kansas City, MO 64105
    (816) 421-1539
    Kansas City Community Center Benton
    1212 Mcgee St Ste 301, Kansas City, MO 64106
    (816) 421-6670
    Armourdale Renewal Association
    730 Osage Ave, Kansas City, KS 66105
    (913) 371-5696
    Trumpet Behavioral Health
    618 E 4 St, Kansas City, MO 64106
    (816) 802-6969
    Northland Counseling Center
    1801 Nw Platte Rd Ste 200b, Riverside, MO 64150
    (816) 453-2600
    T Fi Family Services Inc
    1333 Meadowlark Ln, Kansas City, KS 66102
    (913) 287-7318
    Northland Counseling Services
    4131 N Mulberry Dr Ste 245, Kansas City, MO 64116
    (816) 505-0909

    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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