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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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    American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
    Alexandria, VA 22314
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    The Art of Conscious Relationships
    39899 Balentine Dr Ste 355, Newark, CA 94560
    Feeling depressed or overwhelmed? Our practice can provide you with the friendly and compassionate counseling services that you need. Our therapists are committed to helping you overcome issues and reach your full potential.
    (510) 979-0200
    Joy Bodzioch Ph.D.
    231 Old Bernal Ave Ste 9, Pleasanton Ca, CA 94566
    I use a unique approach combining scripture with research-supported therapeutic methods. Author of 2 Christian books. Adults, teens, couples. Assessment. Depression, anxiety, stress, relationships.
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    (925) 400-5744
    User Review: "I don't know who gave this woman a license but they definitely made a mistake. I had 8 weeks of session with mary joy and..." - John (CA)
    Dr. Jim Hutt, Ph.D., MFT
    1225 Crane St #108, Menlo Park, CA 94025
    : Dr. Jim Hutt has been practicing on the San Francisco peninsula since 1979, specializing in couples therapy, marriage counseling, individual counseling & parenting.
    (650) 321-0860
    Safe Harbor Counseling Center
    32145 Alvarado Niles Rd Ste 20, Union City, CA 94587
    (510) 477-9662
    WIC State Agency
    32970 Alvarado Niles Rd Ste 760, Union City, CA 94587
    (510) 471-5913
    Pamela Haavik Mft
    225 W Winton Ave Ste 207, Hayward, CA 94544
    (510) 429-7552
    Nancy Shibata LMFT
    4478 Macbeth Cir, Fremont, CA 94555
    (510) 794-6020
    Don Ph.D. Markle Mft
    38750 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 794-0772
    Deborah Lefferts Mfcc
    2450 Peralta Blvd Ste 124, Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 657-2987
    Jeffrey Bromberg Ph.D.
    2450 Peralta Blvd Ste 212, Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 791-8120
    Julia J Domville Mft
    38950 Blacow Rd, Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 790-1428
    Patricia Stryd Mfcc
    4500 Thornton Ave, Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 797-9322
    Annemarie Mft Ballinger Rdt
    38970 Blacow Rd Ste C, Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 713-8437
    Patricia Gulbranson LCSW
    38950 Blacow Rd, Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 494-0466
    4673 Thornton Ave Ste M, Fremont, CA 94536
    (510) 894-4684

    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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