What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?


Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals who specialize in working with relationships. We believe that problems occur between people, not within people. We work with  individuals, couples, and families in need. Some of the issues we work with include anxiety, mood disorders, marital problems, ADHD and other child-centered dysfunctions, addictions, and intimacy issues. Our goals are to help strengthen relationships, facilitate communication and support people as they make meaningful changes in their lives.

Marriage and family therapists has proven to have positive outcomes for many issues, including childhood problems, substance use, chronic illness, and relationship conflict, among other reported presenting problems. Clients report higher levels of relational satisfaction, including reduced rates of anxiety and depression, following counseling with marriage and family therapists.

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Marriage and family therapists think “systemically.” For an MFT, individuals are embedded within families, communities, and cultural norms, so that change in one person can provoke change in the entire family/community system. We help families develop equitable relationships, centered on the values of caring and compassion. We support families in positively redefining their lives and relationships.

Marriage and family therapists are highly trained professionals. We undergo rigorous graduate training at either a Masters or a Doctoral level, and a minimum of two years of supervised clinical training prior to licensure. The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) establishes the highest standards of practice for the field throughout the United States and Canada.

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