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Questions to Ask a Marriage and Family Counselor

People who seek out a marriage and family counselor seldom have much prior experience with the subject. For this reason, it's best to have certain questions in mind when you approach a counselor.

  • Are they certified?
    Certification requirements vary by state, but most therapists will have a master's degree and some kind of additional training, often in various areas of mental health and psychology. The Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards keeps a list of different state requirements.

  • What other credentials do they hold?
    The field of family counseling can be remarkably confusing with the variety of abbreviations one can find after a therapist's name, but it's important to realize that many of them indicate a roughly equivalent amount of expertise. An MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist. An MFCC is a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor. An LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As the name may indicate, an LCSW is more likely to be employed as a social worker and very often will have a Master of Social Work degree (MSW); an MFT or MFCC is more likely to be trained specifically in marital and family therapy.

  • Will the cost of therapy be covered by insurance?
    Some insurance plans will cover this, some will not. Sometimes you can qualify for coverage only with a referral from another doctor.

  • How will sessions be structured?
    You might expect therapy sessions to include all members of the family at once, but while this is often the case, it isn't always so. Sometimes the counselor will try to treat the sons and daughters separately from the married couple. Sometimes the counselor might want to help some family members without the presence of others. This is especially true if one family member has mental or substance abuse problems that underlie the family's conflicts.
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    STANDARD LISTINGS:   MARRIAGE-AND-FAMILY-COUNSELORS IN/NEAR CLARKSTON
    Riverside Recovery
    1 review: *****
    1720 18th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501
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    "Front office unprofessional, counselor was defensive, condescending, righteous, sarcastic and unwilling to listen to my personal story. He talked only about himself and how successful he has been. I went away feeling vulnerable, unstable and SO angry tthinks he is helping ANYONE but himself. I need serious therapy after this person mentally abused me when I needed help the most. ..."
    Bridgeway Counseling Center
    1 review: *****
    324 5th St, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 746-6776 Write review for this local business

    "He helped me with my PTSD. He told me things about it no one else had ever said. ..."
    Quality Behavioral Health Write review for this local business
    900 7th St, Clarkston, WA 99403
    (509) 758-3341  
    Educational & Physcological Services Write review for this local business
    629 6th St, Clarkston, WA 99403
    (509) 758-9698  
    State of Washington Children & Family Services Write review for this local business
    525 5th St, Clarkston, WA 99403
    (509) 751-4686  
    Rebecca J Alexander Ph.D. Write review for this local business
    532 Bryden Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 798-5168  
    Clearwater Counseling Write review for this local business
    1020 Main St, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 743-8101  
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    307 Saint Johns Way Ste 3, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 750-1802  
    Kracke Kevin & Associates Ph.D. Write review for this local business
    422 17th St, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 743-4680  
    Adam MS Klappenbach EDS LMFT Lcpc Write review for this local business
    0309 2nd St, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 305-5994  
    Sandra MA Godfrey Lcpc Ncc Write review for this local business
    0309 2nd St, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 746-0137  
    Ursula R Schrattenholzer MSW LCSW Write review for this local business
    2501 17th St, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 798-1811  
    Snake River Rehabilitation Counseling Services Write review for this local business
    556 Thain Rd, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 746-7661  
    Street Debra Write review for this local business
    0309 2nd St, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 746-0137  
    Sequoia Counseling Services Inc Write review for this local business
    531 Bryden Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 798-1646  
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    1361 Po Box, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 669-0730  
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    312 Miller St, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 750-1802  
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    312 Miller St, Lewiston, ID 83501
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    Phillips Agency Inc Write review for this local business
    532 Bryden Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 746-7266  
    L Holder Lori LCSW Write review for this local business
    504 Main St Ste 472, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 553-1603  
    St Joseph Mental Health Center Write review for this local business
    428 6th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (800) 799-3997  
    Horn Vicki Van M Ed Lcpc Ncc Write review for this local business
    307 Saint Johns Way Ste 3, Lewiston, ID 83501
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    Kuna Counceling Center Write review for this local business
    504 Main St Ste 444, Lewiston, ID 83501
    (208) 750-3000  

    The realm of family therapy and marriage counseling can be a very rewarding for a therapist working in that field. Not only will you be helping individuals get past mental health issues, but you'll also be strengthening marital bonds and communication between parent and child. As a therapist, you will help them manage their relationships with each other while building up emotional and mental stability through therapy.

    In order to be a marriage counselor, you must first acquire a bachelor's degree in psychology or psychiatry. If you plan on being a psychiatrist, you must go to medical school and become a licensed doctor. Psychologists do not need this option. Family therapy training is usually part of a graduate degree program and you should look for an institution that is also accredited with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). After graduation, you may join the AAMFT to benefit from their advice, additional training sessions, conferences, and database to match therapists with marital couples.

    Once fully licensed you may be able to join a hospital staff, clinic, or practice to help care for patients. You will help them through the anxiety, depression, and anger that may come with embattled custody arrangements or past physical abuse that's still effecting their day to day lives. If you wish to have more control over who you see, you may look into starting your own practice or clinic, though you'll need to acquire some business knowledge, a complete staff, and maybe a partner before doing so.



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