How Can Marriage and Family Therapy Help?
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how can marriage & family therapy help?
Trained in psychotherapy and family systems, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) focus on understanding their clients’ symptoms and interaction patterns within their existing environment.
Marriage and Family Therapy is based on the research and theory that mental illness and family problems are best treated in a family context.
MFTs provide individuals, couples, families, and group therapy.
Family Therapy is effective in treating severe mental illness and other disorders.
Family Therapy is particularly effective with families who are providing care to elders and to a child with a chronic illness (e.g., asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, cancer).
Family Involvement – including family psycho-education, multifamily groups therapy, and family therapy – have been consistently linked to better individual and family functioning.
Research on couples therapy for depression indicates that couples therapy is the treatment of choice for couples in which there is both depression and couple distress.
Disorders Commonly Treated by Family Therapists:
Depression and other Mood Disorders
Childhood Behavioral and Emotional Disorders
Couples Conflict & Communication Issues
Parent-Child Relationship Issues
Substance Abuse & Alcoholism
Severe Mental Illness
Family therapy outcomes for severe mental illness include:
Improved well being
Decreased medical care utilization
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