What is an MFT?
Marriage & Family Therapists (MFT or LMFT) are psychotherapists licensed or pursing by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide various counseling and mental health services. MFTs work with all people of all ages in couples, individual, family or group counseling. Therapists are generalists and can work with all challenges of life and relationships. Each therapist has their own specialties or emphasis that they gained through their education, special training received, or direct experience. MFTs work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, non-profit organizations, government settings, businesses, private practice, group homes, and more.
Why choose an MFT?
Research consistently shows the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy in treating the full range of mental and emotional disorders and health problems; drug abuse, depression, alcoholism, obesity and dementia in the elderly — as well as marital distress and conflict — are just some of the conditions Marriage and Family Therapists effectively treat.
Studies also show that clients are highly satisfied with services of Marriage and Family Therapists. Clients report marked improvement in work productivity, co-worker relationships, family relationships, partner relationships, emotional health, overall health, social life, and community involvement.
In a recent study, consumers report that marriage and family therapists are the mental health professionals they would most likely recommend to friends. Over 98 percent of clients of marriage and family therapists report therapy services as good or excellent.