Phillip Whitely


What is an LMFT or an MFT?

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (also known as an LMFT or an MFT) is a clinician or psychotherapist with a minimum of a master’s degree in psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, or marriage and family therapy. LMFTs are trained to understand family systems and provide counseling and psychotherapy from a variety of therapeutic orientations.

What Types of Problems do LMFTs Address?

LMFTs treat a wide range of clinical problems. Issues are addressed while keeping in mind how they impact relationships and overall daily functioning. LMFTs practice early crisis intervention and brief, focused psychotherapy to resolve problems such as communication skills or work stress in order to reduce symptoms quickly. They also have the expertise and skill where more intensive, long-term treatment is necessary.

Who Can Benefit from Seeing an LMFT?

LMFTs work with individuals, couples – whether or not married, families of all types, and groups to cure or relieve mental, emotional, and relational concerns of all kinds. LMFTS also work with both adults and children.

Why Are LMFTs Effective?

LMFTs are highly effective because of the “systemic” orientation that the therapist brings to treatment. LMFTs believe that an individual’s emotional concerns or issues can be more meaningful and productive when treated within the context of his or her current or prior relationships, whether marital, family, work, school, social, etc.

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