What is Therapy with an MFT?
Therapy is intended to treat many different types of clinical problems. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is a mental health professional trained in psychotherapy and family systems and licensed to diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders individually or within the family system in a framework of interpersonal relationships. MFTs have a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy, at least two years of experience, and are licensed in the state of California by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to practice therapy. MFTs are concerned with the total health and well-being of the individual and the family within a family system. Therapy with an MFT is NOT being told what to do by your therapist nor is it advice giving. Therapy can be both a short term or long term process. Some people find that a relational issues can be addressed and improved in only a few short sessions while others need longer and more intensive time to work in therapy. Either way, you are entirely responsible for your progress and growth. Therapy is not a “quick fix”. I will work to help you find and improve skills needed to foster personal growth, manage, and overcome difficult life stressors but I cannot apply those skills for you or force you to use them. Therapy requires a commitment by you and/or your family to make changes and improve your overall mental health and well-being
Training & Experience
- Training/Certifications– I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 15 years of experience in the mental health fields. I have a Masters degree from California State University of Sacramento in Counseling Education and I am licensed in California as an MFT through the BBS. With over 6,000 hours in the field of sex offender treatment and more than forty hours of training I was able to apply and was granted a certification through the National Association of Forensic Counselors as a Clinically Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist (CCSOTS). I specialize in working with adolescents who engage in sexually abusive behaviors. I also work with the victims who have been sexually abused. I am NOT certified in the state of California to work with adults offenders but I would be happy to make any referrals needed if you are seeking this type of therapist. I am also certified as a child/adolescent parent trainer with Active Parenting and spent a significant amount of time training and working with parents to improve and modify their children’s behaviors.