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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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    JC Christian Counseling
    1821 Oregon Pike Suite 212, Lancaster, PA 17601
    As one of the best Christian counselors, clients boast about continually good counseling experiences. Specializing in marriage and anxiety counseling for individuals and couples.
    (717) 278-8326
    Pennsylvania Counseling Services-Reading
    1733 Penn Ave, Reading, PA 19609
    Licensed Professional Counselor offering Christian Counseling, Mental health counseling, with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
    (610) 670-7270
    204 Hathaway Park, Lebanon, PA 17042
    We are a behavioral healthcare organization in operation since 1952, and located in Lebanon, PA. We offer services such as mental health care, counseling, and therapy.
    (717) 274-9777
    Community Therapy Barn
    3656 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gordonville, PA 17529
    (717) 768-8806
    Cynthia Daub Miller MSW
    111 E Chestnut St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 392-9800
    Greystone Psychological Center
    43 N Lime St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 299-5433
    110 N Lime St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 393-1735
    Carolyn L Shertzer Ph.D. Psychologist
    43 N Lime St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 299-5433
    Cobys Family Services
    134 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 392-0504
    Brubaker Jere H Rev
    64 Highland Dr, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 299-5487
    Peter MD Pranckun Psychiatrist
    510 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 392-6003
    Commonwealth Clinical Group
    36 E King St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 393-3900
    Boyce-Zielke Family and Divorce Mediation Service
    53 N Duke St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 293-3201
    Mediation Services Associates
    216 E Walnut St, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 393-4440
    Breath of Life Ministries-Pa
    1865 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602
    (717) 393-7368

    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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