Marriage & Family Therapy

What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

Often thought of as marriage counseling, couple counseling or family counseling, marriage and family therapy works from a perspective that is unique in the mental health field. MFTs provide individual therapy, couple therapy and family therapy, within a wide range of settings.

Families influence individuals and therefore may need to be part of treatment. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person, even if only a single person is involved in the actual sessions; it is the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded.

Marriage and family therapy is generally:

  • Brief
  • Solution-focused
  • Specific, with attainable therapeutic goals
  • Designed with the "end in mind"

Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and parent-child issues. Read more..

Who are Marriage and Family Therapists?

Marriage and family therapists are licensed mental health practitioners educated with a master's or doctoral degree. They are trained with a minimum of two (2) years of supervised clinical experience. MFTs are family-focused psychotherapists and mental health generalists.

What is the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)?

Based in Alexandria, VA, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is the professional association for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy representing the interests of more than 24,000 MFTs throughout the United States and Canada. AAMFT develops standards for graduate education and training, clinical supervision, professional ethics and the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy. The Association leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the needs of the public are met by trained practitioners.


David McMillian, LMFT, LPC is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in
Louisiana (License # 534)  and in Texas (License # 3919)
Last Modified: October 10, 2012

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