Why Utilize A Marriage And Family Therapist?
Marriage and Family Therapists are Relationship Experts!
It is important for you to understand that as your therapist I am licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT20547). More specifically, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT’s) are relationship specialists who treat persons involved in interpersonal relationships. I am trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriages, family and social adjustments. The practice also includes premarital counseling, child counseling, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship counseling. As a Marriage Therapist I am also a psychotherapist licensed by the State of California.
As a practitioner in this field, I have had extensive training in working with children, adolescents, couples, individuals & families suffering from a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. I utilize a wide spectrum of treatment modalities that are specifically tailored to the individual, the developmental needs of each client as well as each couple and their developmental needs.
What To Expect From The Therapeutic Relationship
Therapy cannot magically change your life. The relationship between the therapist and the client is the single most important factor to determine the success of treatment. Feeling comfortable with the therapist provides you with an opportunity to trust the therapist’s abilities and allows you to get the most out of treatment. As a client, you are invited to question and clarify the nature of the therapeutic relationship as necessary. If you have not been in therapy before, you may feel some initial discomfort about what happens during the course of the therapy hour. Feel free to ask any questions about the therapeutic process, the course of treatment or any other question pertaining to the process of psychotherapy.
Therapy is confidential under normal circumstance. Everything shared in a therapy session between the client and the therapist will be kept strictly confidential in accordance with the law. No information can be disclosed without written permission from the client. Again, under normal circumstances, confidentiality is guaranteed. But there are a few exceptions in which the law requires the therapist to break this confidentiality agreement and contact the proper authorities. These exceptions are outlined below.
Suspected abuse. If the therapist suspects, or it is reported to her, that a child , a dependent adult or an elder may be being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, the law requires that the therapist report her suspicions to the proper authorities immediately.
Physical threats. If the client makes a legitimate threat of physical violence or bodily harm toward another individual, the therapist is required by law to break confidentiality and warn the potential victim as well as the police.
Personal harm. If it appears that the client is in real danger of doing significant physical harm to himself or herself, the therapist will intervene in whatever way necessary to protect the client. Initially, the therapist will seek to work with the client to eliminate the threat of harm, but if the client is unwilling to cooperate, the therapist is obligated to take additional steps without the client’s approval to prevent injury.
What To Expect In Treatment
After a thorough assessment of your needs and the environment in which difficulties may occur, a treatment plan will be established. The therapist and client will have an opportunity to collaborate in creating a treatment plan. As a client, offering your views and feedback empowers you to have an active role in your treatment. It is important for you to understand that developing an adequate treatment plan may take several sessions and will depend on the diverse needs of each client and couple. The treatment plan will be revised as needed to meet your therapeutic needs. Individual psychotherapy and couples therapy requires your active involvement in order to change the thoughts, feelings and/or behaviors that may be contributing to the problems that are bringing you to therapy. If at any time you feel uncomfortable about your treatment plan and/or the interventions used during therapy, you are encouraged to discuss this with me.
If you haven’t had a recent physical evaluation by your physician, it would be important to do so. There are a variety of medical problems that can profoundly affect your emotions and behavior. In establishing an appropriate treatment plan, it is helpful to rule out any medical conditions that may be impacting your behavior.
I’d like to talk with you about your concerns and answer your questions. You may contact me at (714) 318-1332.