Marriage and family therapists diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioural, within the context of marriage and family systems. They apply psychotherapeutically family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.
Marriage and family therapists are psychological health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems. They diagnose and treat internal and emotional complications within the environment of marriage, couples and family systems.
Marriage and family therapists' job descriptions include treating not just marital issues, they offer consultations on many serious clinical issues including depression, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.
Family therapists can help with many mental health problems like mood disorders, adult alcoholism and drug abuse, children's conduct disorders, adolescent drug abuse, anorexia in young adult women, and marital distress and conflict.
Family therapists have a master's or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy with two years of clinical experience. They require interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities, the ability to build trust, organisation skills, and communication skills, and should be familiar with computer and internet technology, word processing, spreadsheets and databases.
They work in outpatient care centres and offices of other healthcare providers. They also find jobs at inpatient mental health facilities, schools, universities, and health clinics. Some may work in private practice and earn a marriage therapist salary accordingly.
A successful marriage and family therapist is someone who can make marriages work “happily ever after”.
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