Marriage and Family Therapy

Healthy Relationships Are Our Expertise

Marriage and family therapists are the only behavioral health professionals required to get specialized training and education in working with couples and families. Before obtaining a license in the field, MFTs in Arizona are required to have 3,000 supervised hours of therapy, with the majority working with couples and families. Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, professional counselors, and clinical social workers can all obtain their licenses without ever having experience conducting therapy with a couple or family.

MFTs Zoom Out At The Bigger Picture

While traditional therapy focuses more on the individual, MFT examines how an individual’s behavior affects both the individual and their relationship as part of a couple or family as well as the other way around. We are all product of our environment in some way or another. MFTs assist you in recognizing generational patterns and how they affect your relationships today.

MFTs Are Neutral

Some couples or families resist going to therapy for fear of being blamed for the problem at hand. MFTs take an objective stance of neutrality and validate each person’s perspectives on the problem. Instead of finding who is to blame, we look at the relational patterns between people, rather than within them, that serve to maintain problems.

Research Agrees

Research indicates that marriage and family therapy is as effective, and in some cases more effective than standard and/or individual treatments for many mental health problems such as: adult schizophrenia, affective (mood) disorders, adult alcoholism and drug abuse, children’s conduct disorders, adolescent drug abuse, anorexia in young adult women, childhood autism, chronic physical illness in adults and children, and marital distress and conflict. 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.

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