FAQ


What is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are therapy specialists who help clients with their interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social relationships. The practice also includes premarital counseling, child counseling, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship counseling. LMFTs are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners licensed by the State of California. Requirements for licensure include a related doctoral or two-year master's degree, passage of two comprehensive l examinations and at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience. To maintain their license and keep their skills up-to-date, LMFTs are required to complete 36 continuing education units every 2 years.

    

Why use a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist?

LMFTs are relationship experts! They work in private practice as well as various other settings with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, and the elderly; providing support and perspective as clients struggle with life's challenges. LMFTs practice early crisis intervention and brief, focused psychotherapy to resolve many problems or reduce symptoms in the shortest time possible. They also have the expertise and skills to work with persons where more intensive, long-term treatment is necessary to cure or relieve mental or emotional conditions.

    

What are the qualifications for an LMFT?

Before obtaining the LMFT license, Marriage and Family Therapists must first complete a two-year masters or doctoral degree program accredited by a regionally accepted body such as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, have accrued 3,000 hours of supervised experience, and have passed two rigorous exams.

The Marin County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
PO Box 9065, San Rafael, CA  94912 - 415-459-3484 
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