Frequently Asked Questions

What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

Marriage and Family Therapy is a recognized field in psychotherapy. It was developed more than fifty years ago by psychologists and psychiatrists working with individuals with mental illness and their families. It is a holistic approach to therapy that looks at the context of a person’s life and relationships, as well as what current issues the person may be dealing with. This is called a “systems” approach.

Why use a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Marriage and Family Therapists help people respond to life’s changes by helping them explore their current circumstances and work with them to reach their goals. Using the “systems” approach, MFT’s assist clients in identifying what is happening internally and how that is playing out in their relationships. Individuals, couples and families often seek help for behavioral problems, mental and emotional disorders and relational problems from MFTs.

What are the qualifications for a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Marriage and Family Therapists are licensed PhD and Master level therapists who have received special training to provide individual, couples and family therapy. They are licensed by the state to diagnose and treat mental illness. MFTs are also the only therapists who are specifically licensed to provide couples and family therapy.

Why contact Lesli at Balanced Family?

Lesli is dedicated to the concept of “systems” theory and how a better understanding of what we do and its effect on our relationships will lead to better emotional and mental health. She believes everyone is entitled to be their best selves and live their best lives. Lesli is committed to helping her clients have rich, meaningful and balanced lives.

To find out more, read Lesli’s blog or contact her by email.

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