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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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    Brian L. Ackerman
    71 S Meadow Rd., Lancaster, MA 01523
    For dedicated Marriage Counselors in Worcester we are here to help. Experienced and sensitive Family Counselors to meet all of your needs whether coupled, married, or the entire family. Conveniently located in Worcester.
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    (978) 706-1290
     
    User Review: "Dr. Ackerman has the invaluable ability to nurture my individual quest to fulfill my human potential and at the same time..." - Barry (MA)
    Cambridge & Needham Counseling
    687 Highland Ave, Needham Heights, MA 02494
    Needham Counseling offers individual, group, and couples therapy. All client information is kept completely confidential. We offer short and long term therapy at affordable rates.
    (781) 449-7721
    Amherst Mediation Services
    190 University Dr, Amherst, MA 01002
    Our company provides mediation, conciliation and arbitration services in a variety of cases. We can help with divorce, separation, family disputes, estates and business disputes.
    (413) 256-1575
    Perlman Marilyn
    51 Union St Ste 110, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 754-1776
    Valley Psychiat
    340 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 753-2900
    George Joyce
    340 Main St Ste 807, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 795-1644
    Joseph Mediation
    34 Mechanic St, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 799-2099
    Counseling and Assessment Clinic of Worcester
    38 Front St Fl 5, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 756-5400
    Rooney Allan J & Associates
    418 Main St, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 757-5694
    Wic State Agency
    16 Laurel St, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 799-9392
    Divorce Resolutions Inc
    19 Norwich St Ste 500, Worcester, MA 01608
    (508) 438-0330
    Chiancola Sam
    6 Melville St, Worcester, MA 01605
    (508) 853-7373
    Hlwcc Neighborhood and Family Services
    176 Tacoma St, Worcester, MA 01605
    (508) 852-8905
    Catholic Charities
    10 Hammond St, Worcester, MA 01610
    (508) 798-0191
    Jefferson Breen
    78 Burncoat St, Worcester, MA 01605
    (508) 853-2922


    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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