What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

Marriage and family therapy is a mental health practice based on research and theory that individual’s behavioral, mental, emotional, and relational issues do not happen in a vacuum. MFTs, as mental health providers, practice from the standpoint that to effectively evaluate, understand and treat the problems that people bring to therapy, we have to understand them within the context of their relationships and social world. MFTs bring a holistic perspective to health care. We’re concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families. This perspective makes MFT particularly appropriate for Black/African American and People Of Color (POC) because of its emphasis on relationships and understanding people’s problems and wellness within their social and relational contexts.

Marriage and family therapy is 

  • brief
  • solution-focused
  • specific, with attainable therapeutic goals
  • designed with the "end of therapy in mind"

The Benefits of Marriage and Family Therapy