It’s in the title right? Therapy for Marriages and Families. Seems simple enough. However, we take a deeper dive into what Marriage and Family really is. We’ll answer how you become a therapist in this field, and how it can help you and your relationships. Read on!

Marriage and Family Therapy

Marriage and family therapy is a vital field in the mental health space that focuses on improving relationships within the family unit. It offers invaluable support to couples, families, and individuals facing a range of challenges, from communication issues to mental health disorders. Licensed marriage and family  therapists (LMFTs) are highly trained professionals with the expertise to diagnose, treat,  and provide counseling within the context of the family system. 

Marriage and family therapy is a respected and regulated field. The American Association for  Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and family therapy regulatory boards ensure that therapists meet rigorous standards for licensure and provide high-quality care. These organizations accredit marriage and family therapy programs and advocate for the effectiveness  of marriage and family therapy services. 

What does it take to become an LMFT?

To become a licensed marriage and family therapist, individuals must complete a master’s or doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy or a related field. In addition, They undergo hundreds of hours of supervised clinical experience and successfully pass a state licensing exam. With their extensive training in psychotherapy and family systems, LMFTs are equipped to address the mental and emotional well-being of individuals and the way these behaviors affect not only the individual, but the entire family unit as well. 

Marriage and family therapists play a crucial role in improving the emotional health and overall functioning of their clients. Their supervised clinical experience and state licensing exam ensure that they provide ethical and effective therapy services. They learn vital approaches to provide you a variety of different skills to improve your relationships.

What Type of Clients do LMFTs See?

LMFTs work with individuals, couples, and families. They help foster healthy family dynamics, address mental and emotional disorders, and provide psychotherapy and family systems interventions. They are adept at using various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and drug abuse treatment, to ensure the well-being of their clients. 

Their expertise extends to offering couples, marriage, and family counseling and helping individuals navigate challenges to strengthen their relationships. LMFTs also have a wide range of expertise on assisting with relationships with children.

Should I See an LMFT?

The choice is ultimately up to you. If you are struggling with any sort of relationship within your family, significant other/partner, or marriage, you would gain valuable insight and skills to navigate those relationships.

Here at Nora Mental Health, we staff some of the best LMFTs you’ll find in the therapy field. We would be happy to assist in finding the best therapist on our team for your specific needs! Contact us today by calling (801) 386-7036 or visit to request therapy or schedule online!