What is a Marriage and Family Therapist and how do they affect relationships?

Often times we come to counseling because of problems we are having in our relationships.  Being able to have satisfying, caring, and rewarding relationships and experiences with others is a vital part of being human.  It is only natural that we would want that for ourselves and the people we care about.

Family Therapy

Family Bonds

Why to seek an LMFT for relationship issues

There are a few different professions and degrees for people who provide mental health counseling around relationships and family issues.  I’ve written before about social workers and counselors.  I’m sure most of you are familiar with the term psychologist.  But some of you may not know that there is also a profession called Marriage and Family Therapy.  Those folks get a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  In the state of New Mexico there are two levels of licensure for that profession.  Initially that person would get the same license as a counselor, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).  To apply to take the test to get their own higher level of licensure that person has to do some more work.  First, they need a minimum of 2 years of counseling work.  They also need a significant number of hours of supervision by higher level licensed professionals.  Then they can take a national exam.  If they pass they can then be called a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).



Why to keep your LMFT

Marriage and family therapists provide a lot of the same kinds of counseling and psychotherapy that the other professions provide.  They receive education and training that focuses on relationships for the purpose of achieving more adequate, satisfying, and productive marriage and family adjustments.  Today’s marriage and family therapists often broaden that definition to include work with non-traditional relationships and non-traditional families.

Marriage and family therapy

So, when you’re ready to find someone to talk to about how to improve your closest, most intimate relationships think about meeting with an LMFT.