If you're like most people, when experiencing a problem with your child or spouse the first difficult decision is that you need outside intervention to resolve the conflict. The next choice is who to work with. This can be a daunting task, choosing who and where to turn to for help. Perhaps this avalanche of choice during the crisis can lead to ignoring the problem until it escalates. Before this happens you might consider using a Marriage and Family therapist for short-term intervention strategies. Several questions you should ask yourself before consulting a Marriage and Family Therapist are: what sort of help do they provide, what is their educational background, and finally what is their focus, or area of concentration?
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist? They are relationship specialists who treat individuals involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to access, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, and families to achieve a more satisfying and productive marriage and family life. Their practice addresses premarital, child, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship issues. They take a holistic perspective to healthcare and are concerned with the overall, long term well being of the individual and their family. The emphasis is on a family or couple's pattern of behavior; treatment isn't just on one person. This type of therapy can be described as early crisis intervention that is brief and focused to resolve problems or reduce symptoms in the shortest time possible. Marriage and Family Therapists treat a wide range of issues including: depression, marital/divorce problems, anxiety, individual psychological difficulties and child-parent issues.
Who are Marriage and Family Therapists? they are professionals who have a Masters or PhD in psychology and are licensed by the state to use psychotherapeutic and other techniques, to enable individuals to mature and grow within marriage and family. Why would you use a Marriage and Family Therapist? Marriage and Family Therapists are trained to help with relationship difficulties, and are able to diagnose and treat mental and emotional problems of individuals, couples, and families. Marriage and Family Therapy is highly effective because they believe that an individual's mental or emotional problems must be treated within the context of his or her current or prior relationships if the gains are to be meaningful and productive for the patient.
If you are interested in Marriage and Family therapy, click the link below for more information, or give me a call at 631.692.9689.