Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is a type of therapy that recognizes the importance of relationships and that people benefit when the context of their relationships are considered as part of the therapy process. MFTs are trained in psychotherapy and systems theory and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples, and family systems.
You do not have to be married to work with an MFT! MFTs see individuals, couples, and families in all stages of life while taking into consideration the impact of relationships on the clients' symptoms and interaction patterns.
MFTs have graduate training (a Master's or Doctoral degree) in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience. Marriage and family therapists are recognized as a "core" mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing.
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