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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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    Gerane W Park LCSW Mft
    1100 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558
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    (707) 224-8661
    User Review: "I saw gerane a long time ago and she did the same thing...After seeing someone else and now that I feel better I would..."
    Kelly Counseling
    114 Sotoyome St, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
    I have worked as a licensed therapist since 1984. I am passionate about being present with clients and helping them to transition through difficult situations.
    (707) 569-0459
    Sharon M. Rivkin
    2029 Park Vista Ct,, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
    Sharon M. Rivkin is a family and marriage counselor in Santa Rosa, California, and argument resolution and affairs in marriage expert.
    (707) 538-5455
    Hopewell Baptist Church
    3755 Linda Vista Ave, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 252-0332
    Robert Zemanek Mft
    1100 Trancas St Ste 206, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 224-2997
    Liz Williams LCSW
    575 Lincoln Ave Ste 300c, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 224-5225
    Donald S Feiner LCSW
    1100 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 255-1749
    Douglass L Marum Ph.D.
    575 Lincoln Ave, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 257-3500
    Roger MS Altman Mft
    3003 Devita Dr, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 337-3918
    Mark Ph.D. Caro Mft
    3069 Solano Ave, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 252-1632
    Aldea Children and Family Services
    4002 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 255-1395
    630 Airpark Rd, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 259-6266
    Carol J Hansen Mft
    1100 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558
    (707) 320-8379
    Jennifer MA Kresge Mfcc
    1308 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574
    (707) 963-5586
    Elizabeth Ellsworth Mft
    999 Adams St, Saint Helena, CA 94574
    (707) 963-1374

    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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