Marriage and family therapy focuses on solving problems in relationships - between couples, parents and children, siblings, in-laws, grandparents and the rest of the extended family. The therapy works to improve the relationships between people and increase understanding of family roles, patterns, rules, goals and stages of development. The professional marriage and family therapist is trained to strengthen relationships, and thereby prevent problems from arising as well as increase the quality of marriage and family life and other relationships.

Marriage and family therapist are there to help with any kind of relationship that exist between individuals. This includes premarital, divorce, remarriage, blended families, parenting, and school related concerns. We also take a systems approach to substance abuse problems.

Marriage and family therapy differs from individual or group therapy in that it focuses primarily on solving problems in relationships between people.  We believe that an individuals problems including aches and pains, not sleeping, and other disturbance often reflected a trouble relationship. For example, a person may become depressed within a painful marital situation. A child may become overly anxious due to an excessive amount of external control. Generally, marriage and family therapy works to improve relationships between people, and increase understanding of self, others, patterns, goals, and stages of development. In contrast, traditional therapists most often focus on an individual’s personal problems due to internal feelings or past events through insight and reflection.

We also offer on-going educational groups.

The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) is the professional organization representing more than 14,500 qualified marriage and family therapist in the United States, Canada, and abroad. AAMFT Clinical members are trained in diagnosis and treatment and are knowledgeable in such areas as human growth and development, behavioral patterns, marriage and family interactions, divorce, sexual dysfunction, parent-child relationships, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, perfectionism, and the dynamics of family systems. They are trained to use a variety of therapeutic methods and processes.