What if I want to come in for counseling and my partner doesn’t?
We can work together to help you develop a healthy, safe, and loving relationship. Also, many people find as they seek help and feel better, their relationship improves.
As a therapist, are you going to tell me (or us) what to do?
We can work together to help you sort out your thoughts and feelings so you can make decisions that will ultimately help you feel better. As an experienced marriage and family therapist, we will help you and your partner understand what is not working and give you the tools to improve your relationship for the long term.
Why therapy? Shouldn’t I be able to handle this by myself?
Talk therapy can help many people. Many of our clients report relief from stress, depression, and anxiety in addition to their relationship difficulties. While you certainly have the inner resources and may indeed be able to handle this alone, having an unbiased third party, who only cares about you and your wellbeing, can help you achieve your goals for the long term, often faster than attempting to change on your own.
Can you guarantee I will feel better after therapy?
People who participate in counseling are much more likely to feel better than those who try to solve their problems on their own. That said, like anything, you get out of therapy what you put into it. Although we can’t guarantee you will end up happier, our clients who stay the course and who are committed to the process often achieve results that make them significantly happier in their lives and relationships. We will do our best to help and support you on your journey and we want your feedback along the way. We will actively seek out your opinions on how you see the therapy is progressing.
What happens in the first session?
We will invite you to share your story and will help you articulate why you are seeking help at this time. Our only goal is to help you build a long-term, happy relationship. We will start by finding out from you what is not working and help you work together to make it better. If all goes well, we will then decide how often we will meet and what issues we will work on together.
Do you work with other issues besides relationships?
Yes! We have found many people dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, or other life stressors are often relationship oriented. The goal is simple: to help you feel better.
What if I have more questions?
We are here to help. Please call 928-420-8300 if you have more questions.
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A family’s patterns of behavior influences the individual and therefore may need to be a part of the treatment plan. In couple and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn’t just the person – even if only a single person is interviewed – it is the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded.
Couple and family therapy is brief, solution-focused, specific (with attainable therapeutic goals) and designed with the “end in mind.”
Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.
Research indicates that couple and family therapy is as effective, and in some cases more effective than standard and/or individual treatments for many mental health problems.
Marriage and family therapists regularly practice short-term therapy; 12 sessions on average. Nearly 65.6% of the cases are completed within 20 sessions, 87.9% within 50 sessions. Marital/couples therapy (11.5 sessions) and family therapy (9 sessions) both require less time than the average individuated treatment (13 sessions). About half of the treatment provided by marriage and family therapists is one-on-one with the other half divided between marital/couple and family therapy, or a combination of treatments.
Why use a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Research studies repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of couple and family therapy in treating the full range of mental and emotional disorders and health problems. Adolescent drug abuse, depression, alcoholism, obesity and dementia in the elderly — as well as marital distress and conflict — are just some of the conditions Marriage and Family Therapists effectively treat.
Studies also show that clients are highly satisfied with services of Marriage and Family Therapists. Clients report marked improvement in work productivity, co-worker relationships, family relationships, partner relationships, emotional health, overall health, social life, and community involvement.
In a recent study, consumers report that marriage and family therapists are the mental health professionals they would most likely recommend to friends. Over 98 percent of clients of marriage and family therapists report therapy services as good or excellent.
After receiving treatment, almost 90% of clients report an improvement in their emotional health, and nearly two-thirds report an improvement in their overall physical health. A majority of clients report an improvement in their functioning at work, and over three-fourths of those receiving marital/couples or family therapy report an improvement in the couple relationship. When a child is the identified patient, parents report that their child’s behavior improved in 73.7% of the cases, their ability to get along with other children significantly improved and there was improved performance in school. Couple and family therapy’s prominence in the mental health field has increased due to its brief, solution-focused treatment, its family-centered approach, and its demonstrated effectiveness. Marriage and family therapists are licensed in 46 states and are recognized by the federal government as members of a distinct mental health discipline.
Today more than 50,000 couple and family therapists treat individuals, couples, and families nationwide. Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) has grown from 237 members in 1960 to more than 23,000 in 1996. This growth is a result, in part, of renewed public awareness of the value of family life and concern about the increased stresses on families in a rapidly changing world.
What are the qualifications to be a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Marriage and family therapy is a distinct professional discipline with graduate and post graduate programs. Three options are available for those interested in becoming a marriage and family therapist: master’s degree (2-3 years), doctoral program (3-5 years), or post-graduate clinical training programs (3-4 years). Historically, marriage and family therapists have come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds including psychology, psychiatry, social work, nursing, pastoral counseling and education.
The Federal government has designated marriage and family therapy as a core mental health profession along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. Currently all 50 states support and regulate the profession by licensing marriage and family therapists with the remaining states in the process of obtaining licensure laws.
The regulatory requirements in most states are substantially equivalent to the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Clinical Membership standards. After graduation from an accredited program, a period – usually two years – of post-degree supervised clinical experience is necessary before licensure or certification. When the supervision period is completed, the therapist can take a state licensing exam, or the national examination for marriage and family therapists conducted by the AAMFT Regulatory Boards. This exam is used as a licensure requirement in most states.
Who are Marriage and Family Therapists?
Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems.
Marriage and family therapists are a highly experienced group of practitioners, with an average of 13 years of clinical practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. They evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, other health and behavioral problems, and address a wide array of relationship issues within the context of the family system.
Marriage and Family Therapists broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as couple and the family. MFTs take a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.
MFTs have graduate training (a Master’s or Doctoral degree) in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience. Marriage and family therapists are recognized as a “core” mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing.
Since 1970 there has been a 50-fold increase in the number of marriage and family therapists. At any given time they are treating over 1.8 million people.
If you are worried about your relationship with your partner, please don’t wait. Call us at 928-420-8300 to schedule an appointment today.