Why Marriage & Family Therapy?

There are so many reasons that we struggle in life; marital and family discord, problems in the workplace and in the community, our physical health, and death.

We have hardships and obstacles that sometimes knock us off of our mental health path. When this happens we usually go to our established supports systems to get back on track and regroup.  Whether it is our family and or friends, our spiritual and religious leaders, and or maybe our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in our workplace, we count on them and our coping tools to make it through tough times.

However for some people, their lifestyles, economic circumstances and careers may predispose them to mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

"Depression, in particular, is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Research studies have shown that depression is a common complication of other chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis or kidney disease."  

So, there are times when no matter the factors involved, normal resources are not enough.  Also, in-spite of the EAP being a good resource with professionals licensed or certified, the EAP program is meant for short-term use, more immediate resolution, not therapy.

Psychotherapy, usually called therapy for short, is a form of treatment that involves a licensed clinical mental health person helping people to:  understand their behaviors, emotions, and ideas that contribute to his or her illness and learning how to modify them; understand and identify the life problems or events that contribute to their illness and help them understand which aspects of those problems they may be able to solve or improve; regain a sense of control and pleasure in life; learn effective coping techniques and problem-solving skills to maintain or improve life; help us work through our  "neurotic issues" (things that we are hung-up on), examine our blind spots and be comfortable with feedback; and person-to-person therapy a person has the chance to build a safe relationship that will help us in our connections to others.

Your mental health is important! It improves your quality of life, strengthens and supports our abilities, reduces medical costs, increases your productivity in the workplace, lowers your medical costs, and improves your physical health.

What should you expect?

You should plan to have a therapist who can:

  • Assess and diagnosis
  • Provide psychotherapy (which may include monitoring medication effects)
  • Provide treatment planning
  • Provide different models of therapy as necessary
  • Provide or knows about alcoholism and substance abuse treatment
  • Provide psycho-educational and prevention programs
  • Provide crisis management

A licensed clinical mental health therapist/counselor has met or exceeded the following professional qualifications:

  • Earned at least a master’s degree in counseling or a closely related mental health discipline;
  • Completed a minimum of two years' post-master's clinical work under the supervision of a licensed or certified mental health professional; and
  • Passed a state-developed or national licensure or certification examination.

Clinical mental health therapy/counseling practice settings include:

  • Independent mental health offices with a private clinician
  • Community agencies
  • Managed behavioral health care organizations
  • Integrated systems
  • Hospitals
  • Employee assistance programs

Therapy can help. Do not delay having a better way of life.


Therapy Matters : Reflections of a young clinician. by Tyger Latham, Psy.D. Published on June 23, 2011 in Psychology Today.


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