Marriage & Family Therapist Career
Marriage and family therapists focus on the family unit in dealing with relationships and dysfunction caused by a variety of reasons. They help the family deal with behavior and psychological disorders in children, marital conflicts and substance abuse. Through observation, discussion and other techniques, the therapist learns about the family and works to assist one or all of the family members overcome barriers to a fully functioning unit.
In cases where the family is unable to overcome the barriers, the therapist may assist in helping the family through a divorce. In other cases, there may be a grieving family or family member that needs additional counseling. Yet other members of the family may have psychological issues that need to be addressed. In each of these case, the therapist will treat the individual in the family context.