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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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    Healing Today
    6399 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 821, Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Marriage Counselors in Los Angeles helping couples with relationship issues, addiction & anger management. Helping couples through difficult times with helpful counseling which allows clarity on issues & more. Family Counselors Los Angeles
    (213) 910-7440
    Moshe Ben-Yosef, MFT
    6310 San Vicente Blvd Ste 410, Los Angeles, CA 90048
    Working to counsel people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, childhood trauma and communication problems. We offer therapy for couples, families and individuals.
    (323) 389-0550
    Restored Hope
    3590 Elm Avenue, Suite L, Long Beach, CA 90807
    Find Marriage & Family Counselors and services in and around the Los Angeles area. We can help you find the best Marriage & Family Counselors in Los Angeles.
    (562) 497-1923
    Los Angeles County of
    7807 Compton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001
    (323) 586-6192
    Childrens Institute
    1522 E 102nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90002
    (323) 567-0596
    Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center
    1328 W Manchester Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044
    (323) 778-9593
    West Advisory Christian Counseling Center
    6532 Pacific Blvd, Huntington Park, CA 90255
    (323) 585-5554
    Iglesia Cristiana Casa De Dios
    4311 Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011
    (323) 233-8295
    Los Angeles County Southwest
    8300 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90044
    (323) 549-7655
    Village Family Services
    2677 Zoe Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
    (323) 277-4752
    Jahi Family Services
    11400 S Hoover St Ste 200, Los Angeles, CA 90044
    (323) 756-4109
    Anthony Young MD
    9201 S Harvard Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90047
    (323) 756-1713
    St. John's Well Child Center
    811 W 58th St, Los Angeles, CA 90037
    (323) 758-0772
    OUM Consulting, LLC
    10713 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90061
    (310) 428-5834
    Mount Zion Counseling Service
    8814 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047
    (323) 759-9443

    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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