Why Seek Therapy with
an MFT?

What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

Marriage and family therapy is working with a person in the context of their important relationships. Therapy can involve working with an individual alone, or it can involve working with a couple or family.

Marriage and family therapy is:

Brief

Solution-focused

Specific
with attainable therapeutic goals

Designed
with the “end in mind.”

Research Indicates

Research indicates that marriage and family therapy is as effective, and in some cases more effective than standard and/or individual treatments for many mental health problems such as: adult schizophrenia, affective (mood) disorders, adult alcoholism and drug abuse, children’s conduct disorders, adolescent drug abuse, anorexia in young adult women, childhood autism, chronic physical illness in adults and children, and relationship distress and conflict.

How many sessions will I need?

It really varies with each person, couple or family. Here are some research statistics for you: Marriage and family therapists regularly practice short-term therapy; 12 sessions on average. Nearly 66% of the cases are completed within 20 sessions, 88% within 50 sessions. Couples therapy (11.5 sessions) and family therapy (9 sessions) both require less time than the average individual treatment (13 sessions). About half of the treatment provided by marriage and family therapists is one-on-one with the other half divided between couple and family therapy, or a combination of treatments.
Source: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy