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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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    Alexandria, VA 22314
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    Gregory M Crow Ph.D.
    7510 E Angus Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    Scottsdale Marriage Counselors. Intensive Therapy for Couples & Families who desire/need deeper emotional recovery from Painful Experiences & Affairs, Infidelity & more. Scottsdale Family Counselors.
    (480) 947-1989
    Gary Grove, M.d., Fapa
    9813 N 95th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    Gary Grove, M.D. is Board Certified in General and Geriatric Psychiatry and is certified as a clinical psychopharmacologist by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmocology.
    (480) 948-3361
    Therapy With Heart
    8737 E Via De Commercio, Suite 200, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
    Therapy with Heart offers you the Family and Marriage counseling you need to get the most out of your relationships. There are no judgments. Only compassion. Call today.
    (480) 888-5380
    Safe Journey Counseling Pllc
    9821 E. 98th Street Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    I provide couples with counseling services that will increase love and decrease anger and frustration. These counseling methods are evidenced based, backed with thirty years of solid research. My passion is to improve marriages, families and relationships.
    (480) 250-1857
    Anthony Russell Counseling
    14354 N. Frank Lloyd Wright #2, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
    Counseling for children, adults, and couples specializing in family systems therapy, ADD, abuse, accidents, addictions, adjustment disorders, adoption counseling, advocacy, aging, alcoholism, anger management, anxiety, behavioral disorders, body image issues, & more.
    (480) 477-7663
    The Fire Inside Me
    5150 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    My colleague and I are two caring individuals who have teamed together to share our knowledge and personal life experiences with you. We are here to assist you with all types of life coaching.
    (480) 442-8087
    Biltmore Psychology and Counseling
    6245 N 24th Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85016
    Our top psychologists provide excellent counseling and care for many individual and relational needs.
    (480) 999-7070
    Jane Fendelman | Counselor
    1328 E. Clarendon, Phoenix, AZ 85014
    I do individual, couples and child-family sessions; with all issues without drugging, from stress to severe childhood trauma including physical, mental emotional and sexual abuse within 3 to 5 sessions.
    (602) 532-0335
    Phoenix Marriage and Family Counseling
    2990 E. Washington Suite 209, Phoenix, AZ 85034
    We specialize in marriage counseling and family counseling services, offering couples and individual therapy sessions. Come to us for help with your depression, anger, anxiety and infidelity.
    (602) 396-5134
    Sonoran Counseling Services
    1130 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85014
    Certified in sex addiction therapy for sexual addict and partner Top-rated sex addiction counseling services in Arizona - We are sexual addiction counselors providing therapy for Phoenix, Scottsdale,
    (480) 287-2393
    Scottsdale Counseling Center
    5665 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    (480) 941-3477
    Marci W Harris Psychologist
    6609 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 103, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    (480) 948-0119
    Binaco Dennis M.A Lc SW PLC
    8151 E Indian Bend Rd Ste 105b, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    (480) 991-5015
    R Eve Mayer Ph.D.
    7208 E Montebello Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    (480) 994-4119
    Dennis MA Binaco LCSW PLC
    8151 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
    (480) 991-5015

    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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