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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 IRVINE
    Davis Denise E Mfcc
    1 review: *****
    17772 Irvine Blvd, Tustin, CA 92780
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    "I saw this therapist while in college when I was grieving through a loss. I realize now that my experience with her was bad. Our sessions included pejorative name-calling which was very demeaning to me. She socialized with me and other clients outside of the counseling venue which I now know was unethical on her part. It was troubling to hear her speak disparagingly of clients who were not pre ..."
    Beacon Jinice Mft
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    500 N Bush St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
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    "She is too negative and angry. ..."
    Murray S Kaufman LMFT, NBCDCH Write review for this local business
    University Park, Irvine, CA 92612
    (714) 418-7454  
    Someone that specializes in short-term therapy, someone who really listens to you, so that you feel heard and understood. I assist individuals, couples, and families who want to be happier.
    Wayne Schroeder Ph.D. Write review for this local business
    980 Roosevelt, Irvine, CA 92620
    (949) 552-0275  
    David Ph.D. Rice Mfcc Write review for this local business
    980 Roosevelt, Irvine, CA 92620
    (949) 552-0275  
    Patti Schuyler Mft Write review for this local business
    980 Roosevelt Ste 240, Irvine, CA 92620
    (949) 552-0275  
    South Coast Psychological Center Write review for this local business
    980 Roosevelt Ste 240, Irvine, CA 92620
    (949) 552-0275  
    Marcus Hochstetler Ph.D. Write review for this local business
    980 Roosevelt, Irvine, CA 92620
    (949) 552-0275  
    Veronica Demarco Mfcc Write review for this local business
    540 N Golden Circle Dr Ste 203, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 836-7928  
    Mary Singleton Mfcc Write review for this local business
    1450 N Tustin Ave Ste 222, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 953-2033  
    The Counseling Center Write review for this local business
    1913 E 17th St Ste 119, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 543-6720  
    Thom J Cavalli Ph.D. Write review for this local business
    2030 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 972-0056  
    Maryann Brown Mft Write review for this local business
    2030 E 4th St Ste 158, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 648-0963  
    Jane MA Roschmann Mfcc Write review for this local business
    2030 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 667-2341  
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    2030 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 547-2561  
    Friend Jenny Mft Write review for this local business
    1850 E 17th St Ste 107, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 543-3900  
    Turning Point Center for Families Write review for this local business
    2101 E 4th St Ste 150B, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 547-8111  
    Janet Quillian LCSW Write review for this local business
    505 N Tustin Ave Ste 188, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 543-8252  
    Orange County Children & Family Services Write review for this local business
    15405 Lansdowne Rd Ste D, Tustin, CA 92782
    (714) 566-2800  
    Carol A Brush Ph.D. Mft Write review for this local business
    2030 E 4th St Ste 158, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 972-8404  
    Regina Lindner, MFT Write review for this local business
    2030 E 4th St Ste 201E, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 929-9054  
    Barry Chas Spatz Counslr Write review for this local business
    2030 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 547-6767  

    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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