FAQ’s & Links
Why would I choose a marriage and family therapist to see rather then another mental health professional?
Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals clinically trained to treat psychological and couple-child-family problems. Marriage and Family Therapists focus on short term resolution of the relationships at work in every part of your life. Studies 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. Over 98 percent of clients of Marriage and Family Therapists report therapy services as good or excellent. After receiving treatment, almost 90% of clients report an improvement in their emotional health, and nearly two-thirds report an improvement in their overall physical health. * (AAMFT.org)
I have never been to therapy before, what can I expect?
You can expect a warm and engaging opportunity to share the story of what is going on in your life. I will help you identify the things that are working for you and listen to those that don’t feel just right. Together we will structure a goal for your therapy and a plan to work toward that goal.
How many sessions would I attend?
Marriage and Family Therapists regularly practice short-term therapy; 12 sessions on average. Nearly 65.6% of the cases are completed within 20 sessions. (AAMFT.org) Sessions are usually once per week or can be structured with your therapist according to your needs.
When are appointments available?
I meet with people during regular business hours and in the evenings. I also have some Saturday appointments available.
Would you see me as an individual, a couple or with my children?
All of the above. Marriage and Family Therapists are trained in a systems approach. We work within all the relationship systems in your life. About half of the treatment provided by Marriage and Family Therapists is one-on-one with the other half divided between marital/couple and family therapy, or a combination of treatments. (AAMFT.org)
Why would I choose mediation during my divorce or for conflict resolution?
Going through a divorce can be a painful experience, emotionally, legally and financially. Often times, couples are concerned about finances, the legal implications of divorce and the impact the divorce or separation can have on children and family members. Divorce or conflict resolution does not have to destroy families. Research has shown that it is not the divorce that results in the destruction of families, rather it is how parents relate to each other during and after the separation and divorce that makes the biggest difference of all. (CCND)