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Clinic Services at the Family Life Center

What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

Marriage and family therapy is a way of helping people resolve individual and relationship problems. Family therapists usually use what is called a "systems" approach, which is a way of looking at problems and difficulties in terms of an individual's context, including relationships with important others. Family therapy typically focuses on relationships and strengths rather than individual deficits. Family therapists believe that focusing on relationships and strengths can be a resource for resolving a variety of problems, both individual (depression, anxiety, etc.) and relationship (couples, families, work, etc.). Family therapists do not "fix" problems, but help people identify resources and solutions that work for their particular situation.

What Kinds of Problems Can Be Helped with a Family Therapy Approach?

People bring all sorts of problems to family therapy. These can include difficulties typically looked at as "individual" problems including anxiety, depression, school or work difficulties, and problems with self-esteem.

Family therapy helps strengthen relationships and resolve relationship problems for couples, families, or other non-related people. These include conflict, communication, general unhappiness, life transition problems, or specifically identified difficulties. Family therapy can also be used as an adjunct therapy to help people adjust to and manage such difficulties as chronic illness, mental illness, attention deficit disorder, drug/alcohol abuse-related problems, eating disorders, and domestic violence.

How Can I Benefit from Family Therapy?

You can consider family therapy as a resource for almost any difficulty. Family therapists are trained to work with people experiencing a variety of problems. They also are trained to refer people for specialized help when necessary and to work with other professionals in the client's behalf. Examples of signals that might suggest a need for family therapy include:

  • Marital or family dissatisfaction
  • Conflict, arguments, fighting, or violence
  • Children's difficulties, including school achievement, relationships at home, or individual problems
  • Sexual problems or concerns
  • Emotional distress when talking about important relationships
  • Feelings of loneliness, sadness, anxiety, or depression
  • Repeated illnesses, especially those related to stress
  • Work or school problems
  • Problems with family members
  • Difficulty with chemical abuse or dependence
  • Eating disorders

     Marriage & Family
    Therapy Clinic
    493 North 700 East
    Logan, UT 84321