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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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    Carol Cochrane Bass, LMFT
    833 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Licensed marriage and family counselors provide therapy for issues like divorce, anxiety, anger and abuse. Therapists specialize in emotional, mental and physical issues.
    (831) 425-2277
    Barton-Cayton Amy Mft
    Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Licensed provider of Couples counseling, Family counseling, Personal counseling, Life coach, Marriage Counseling, and More.
    (831) 457-6684
    Nathan Sol Weinstein, LMFT
    303 Potrero St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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    (831) 392-7064
     
    User Review: "Helped us get through a difficult period with our family. Was recommend by some friends and they had a good experience as..."
    Stephanie MA Chastain Mft
    215 W Franklin St Ste 406, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 375-4860
    Carlyne Goodwin Hanson Mft
    335 El Dorado St Ste 10f, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 333-9114
    Barbara Morais Mft
    518 Cortes St, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 649-5305
    Lynne White Dixon LCSW
    563 Figueroa St, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 375-7572
    Judy MA Masliyah Mft
    550 Camino El Estero Ste 203, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 649-3326
    Helen H Grady MA Mft
    444 Pearl St, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 642-9269
    Paul M Stewart MSW
    444 Pearl St, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 372-8594
    Patricia MA McDermott Mft
    140 W Franklin St, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 372-5365
    David Leek Mft
    1010 Cass St Ste D6, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 375-7475
    Diana Case Ph.D.
    1010 Cass St Ste D10, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 375-6142
    Stephen L Braveman LMFT Dst
    494 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 375-7553
    Monterey Counseling & Psychotherapy
    215 W Franklin St Ste 406, Monterey, CA 93940
    (831) 375-4860


    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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