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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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    Columbus Psychological Associaltes
    2325 Brookstone Centre Pkwy, Columbus, GA 31904
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    (706) 653-6841
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    Design for Living
    7 Bridge St, Pike Road, AL 36064
    Conveniently located in the surrounding area, we offer Christian counseling for individuals, families, children, and more. We assist with anger management, depression, grief, and more.
    (334) 239-7878
    Ann Keller, M. A.
    2655 Dallas Hwy Sw, 240, Marietta, GA 30064
    Could you or your spouse use the help and guidance of a Christian Counselor? Ann Keller, M.A. is a counselor under the direct supervision of Ken Johnson, M.A. LPC. Call now to set up an appointment!
    (770) 617-6923
    East Ala Mental Health
    6376 Fairfax Byp, Valley, AL 36854
    (334) 756-4117
    Kurtz Robin S Ed D Inc
    2127 Executive Park Dr, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 742-8004
    Linda M Newbill LCSW Bcd
    310 24th St, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 332-2788
    Life-Savers Ministries Inc
    1901 Waverly Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 745-3774
    Family Counseling Associates
    219 S 8th St, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 444-4032
    Wellspring Counseling Center
    2813 Pepperell Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 741-8007
    Youth Villages
    2705 Frederick Rd, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 737-4200
    Family Counseling Associates
    2108 Executive Park Dr, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 749-2818
    Internal Medicine Associates, P.C.
    121 N 20th St Ste 6, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 749-3385
    Rubio Charles T Ph.D. PC
    2101 Executive Park Dr, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 749-5055
    Victorious Christian Living
    30 Samford Ave Ste B, Opelika, AL 36801
    (334) 705-0710
    J-cor.., P.c.
    Fortson, GA 31808
    (706) 315-9040

    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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