Who do Marriage and Family Therapists work with?

Most people, when they hear the title of a marriage and family therapist, automatically assume that we only work with couples and families dealing with problems relating to marriage conflicts, parenting, and parent-child conflict.

In the earlier years of Marriage and Family Therapy, the word “family” was defined in a more narrow and traditional sense. The term only included parents and children; now, the concept of family is more commonly defined in terms of strongly supportive, long-term roles and relationships between people who may or may not be related by blood or marriage.

As a marriage and family therapist, the core belief that I have is we are all relational beings. I believe that our problems only exist within our relationships to others and how we see them. Research has shown that family therapy appears to be at least as effective and possibly more effective when working with individuals in a wide variety of problems. It could be more effective, because as a system thinker, I offer the treatments of choice. Besides working on the obvious issues with couples and families, I also provide services to individuals dealing with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Work/life Balance
  • Boundaries
  • Self-esteem/confidence
  • Relationship issues
  • Anger
  • Coping skills
  • Communication
  • Connecting with others
  • Conflict resolution
  • Transitions
  • Personal growth

What are some problems that I can help you with in your relationship?

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