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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Family Therapists (Overview)

Family therapists are trained in the field of psychotherapy to work effectively with families and couples in intimate relationships to address their issues through promoting healthy changes and developments within the relationships.


Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
21 doctors shared insights

Family Therapists (Overview)

Family therapists are trained in the field of psychotherapy to work effectively with families and couples in intimate relationships to address their issues through promoting healthy changes and developments within the relationships.


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What is the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and family therapists?

What is the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors and family therapists?

Medications: Of all that you mentioned, except for very rare exceptions, psychiatrists are the only ones with a medical degree who can prescribe medications. The other differences have to do with the formal training a person received, e.g. Graduate school in psychology through a university vs school of social work. In practice, the services they provide often overlap. ...Read more

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How do I go about selecting a family therapist?

How do I go about selecting a family therapist?

Referral service: You can usually get a referral from your state psychological or social work association. ...Read more

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I'm going to a family therapist today. What can I expect, what to do?

I'm going to a family therapist today. What can I expect, what to do?

The therapist: Will speak with all of you to assess what is happening and develop a treatment plan to improve things. ...Read more

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What's a marriage and family therapist?

Relationship therapy: Marriage and family therapists (mfts) are relationship specialists who treat persons involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment. ...Read more

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I am wondering what can marriage family therapist do for you?

Family therapy: Can help families communicate more clearly and effectively and also correct chronic misunderstandings that may exist in the family. Best ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what can marriage family therapist do for you?

I'm curious as to what can marriage family therapist do for you?

Repair relationship: An impartial constructionist. First to identify everyone's interpersonal problems ; explain the destructiveness ; pain caused by each of you to one another by your behavior to date. Either intentional or unintentional. This will be followed by how to be respectful.Constructive, harmonious ; mutually supportive. Will include teaching you techniques in conflict resolution. ...Read more

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Going to a family therapist today. What can I expect the interrogation to be like?

Family Therapy: You should not think that way, it is not like going to court and therapist are not going to interrogate you you both have to go with a positive attitude and therapist will talk to yo both to get an idea of what the conflict is all about and come up with therapeutic intervention, which may help you both to resolve the problem good luck. ...Read more

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How come a marriage and family therapist (mft) not considered a psychologist?

How come a marriage and family therapist (mft) not considered a psychologist?

Different degrees: It is just a different degree and certification. Any mental health professional (social worker, counselor or psychologist) can become a marriage and family therapist. Most marriage and family therapists have had extensive training just working with families and couples as oppose to individuals. ...Read more

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Can a family therapist really help with a relationship between my parents and me?

Can a family therapist really help with a relationship between my parents and me?

Yes: But you said it yourself. They can "help" - they can't do it alone. At the best - communication can be guided so things can heal. At the worst someone experienced and skilled will be able to evaluate risk of violence and protect the members of the family. Also, they can help find alternatives that are safe if the old relationships cannot be sustained. It is worth a try! good luck. ...Read more

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