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What Does a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Do

July 29
12:30 2022

The family is the most fundamental unit of society, and it is regarded as the original form of community and government. According to Michael Novak, a well-known philosopher, the family was the first, best, and original Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. So, it should be no surprise that treatment is required when a family’s behavioral habits severely impact an individual member. The treatment strategy benefits the entire family unit, not just the individual, in marital and family therapy. Licensed Marital and family therapists can help in this situation. Marriage and family therapy is brief, solution-focused, detailed with attainable therapeutic goals, and tailored to the “end in mind,” a reconciled family unit working together to address difficulties. Depression, anxiety, marital challenges, individual psychological problems, and complications surrounding the parent-child interaction are just a few of the significant clinical issues that marriage and family therapists deal with.

Marriage and family therapists engage with clients regularly and must quickly establish trusted relationships to work effectively with them. Stephanie Harrison-Garcia is a therapist that places a high value on establishing trust with her patients. Garcia is a psychotherapist with licenses in both Hawaii and Texas. She earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Family Therapy from the University of Hawaii, where she was awarded the coveted Jack Kent Cooke full-ride scholarship for academic excellence and public service. In 2010, she received the University of Hawaii’s Public Service Award. Stephanie has worked with thousands of people and has a 100% success rate. She is currently preparing for another professional educational session in Dallas, Texas. In addition, Stephanie spoke for the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Hawaii and was interviewed by NPR about her work.

Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) are mental health experts and practitioners who have been trained in psychotherapy and family systems and have an average of 13 years of clinical practice experience. LMFTs are designed to evaluate, diagnose, and treat mental and emotional illnesses, health and behavioral concerns, and a variety of relationship dynamics in couples, marriages, and families. Marriage and family therapy lasts an average of 12 sessions, with 65.6 percent of cases ending in 20 sessions and 87.9% ending in 50 sessions. On average, each treatment lasts 13 sessions. Family therapy and marital/couples therapy are both shorter in duration, averaging 11.5 and nine sessions, respectively. About half of marriage and family therapists work one-on-one with clients, while the other half offer marital/couples therapy, family therapy, or a combination of the two.

However, why we need a marriage and family therapist is one of the most frequently asked questions by thousands of people. In several studies, marriage and family therapy has been shown to be successful in treating a variety of mental, emotional, and physical illnesses, including adolescent drug misuse, alcoholism, depression, obesity, dementia, and marital conflicts. According to the research, customers were quite happy with their marriage and family therapists’ services. Almost 90% of clients say their mental health has improved significantly, with nearly two-thirds blaming it on their general physical health improvements. Over three-quarters of clients who received marital/couples therapy said their relationship had improved. Almost 74 percent of parents whose children were identified as patients said their children’s behavior, sociability, and general school performance had improved.

Studies repeatedly indicate marriage and family therapy’s success and effectiveness in treating mental, emotional, and health disorders. 

The treatment even showed effectiveness beyond the family’s confines as clients reported a significant improvement in work productivity, work relationships, social life, community involvement, and overall well-being.

Another survey found that over 98 percent of previous customers regarded counseling sessions as good or excellent and would refer marital and family therapists to friends. Marriage and family therapy continues to evolve and gain significance in mental health due to its brief, solution-focused, family-centered approach and documented effectiveness. 

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