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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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    If you've been having stress in your marriage or family, come talk with our local Pacifica area marriage and family counselors. Our licensed counselors are here to help you work through issues.
    American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
    Alexandria, VA 22314
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    Robin Smith Mfcc
    5028 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
    Association of therapists in San Francisco specializing in couples Therapy, mood disorders, such as anxiety, post traumatic stress. Also psychotherapy for depression, phobias, and self esteem issues.
    (415) 668-3904
    San Francisco Marriage and Family Counseling
    77 Van Ness Ave. Suite 1428, San Francisco, CA 94102
    We offer marriage counseling and individual therapy in your area. We can help you with relationship issues, depression, anxiety, family issues and more. Mental health counselors qualified to treat you.
    (415) 508-4278
    The Couples Center
    870 Market St. #907, San Francisco, CA 94102
    Marriage Counseling, couples counseling and Individual Psychotherapy in San Francisco. Short term, effective couples and family therapy by Gal Szekely, founder of The Couples Center in San Francisco!
    (415) 322-0417
    Marianne Hipona LCSW
    450 Dondee St, Pacifica, CA 94044
    (650) 359-4326
    Pyramid Alternatives Counseling and Education Inc
    480 Manor Plz, Pacifica, CA 94044
    (650) 355-8787
    Annette M Taylor Mfp BBS
    669 Crespi Dr, Pacifica, CA 94044
    (650) 355-7134
    Norm Arslan Mfcc
    510 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030
    (650) 697-5320
    Rob Howard, LMFT
    510 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030
    (650) 697-6866
    Dyanne Pienkowski Mft
    199 California Dr, Millbrae, CA 94030
    (650) 692-2302
    Oasis WIC Market
    444 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    (650) 589-4147
    Leo J. Ryan-Peninsula Family Service
    1200 Miller Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    (650) 952-6848
    Mac's Children and Family Services Inc12
    403 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    (650) 745-8177
    Pyramid Alternatives
    320 Washington St, Daly City, CA 94015
    (650) 550-4173
    Laura Hertzfeld Mft
    10 Magnolia Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030
    (650) 328-4090
    Macs Children & Family Services
    137 Flournoy St, Daly City, CA 94014
    (650) 992-2579

    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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