Butler Therapy, Inc.
Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC 39893
Do I need a therapist? Are you unhappy with your life and your relationships? Is your marriage or love life less than you would like it to be? Are you often depressed or do you feel helpless or worthless? Do you have chronic pain, fears, or anxiety. Do you over eat, over drink, over spend or feel compelled to engage in some other activity which you know is not in your best interest? If the answer is yes any of these questions and it is a continuing problem then chances are good that you could benefit by obtaining help of a trained and experienced professional counselor.
What is an MFT? Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are relationship specialists who treat persons involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment. The practice also includes premarital counseling, child counseling, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship counseling. Marriage and Family Therapists are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners licensed by the State of California. Requirements for licensure include a related doctoral or two-year master's degree, passage of comprehensive examination, and at least 3,000 hours of supervised experience.
Is there a difference between a therapist and a counselor? No, there is really not a difference. In general, the terms are used interchangeably.
How should one go about selecting a therapist? Look for one with experience working with the kind of problem which you are having. Ask for references and a resume or vitae from the therapist. This should give you some idea of their qualifications. Use the web resources such as the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the state governing agency for therapists, the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). Links are provided so that licenses may be verified and credibility ascertained. You need someone you can be comfortable with since you will be discussing many very personal things with your therapist. Above all you want one who can help you gain insight into how you contribute to perpetuating your difficulties and how you can change your behavior to affect your life in a positive manner. Some therapists, including myself, offer a free brief introductory "meet the therapist" session on request.
How often are sessions scheduled? One session per week is very common in the beginning of therapy. As you learn new skills, the sessions tend to decrease in frequency. Once you have incorporated new skills and are actively using them, therapy can be provided on an as needed basis. The frequency of sessions is based on individual need and can vary from case to case.
How long does each individual session last? Typically, an initial session tends to be about 1 to 1 1/2 hour/s. Most therapy sessions last approximately 50 minutes, after the initial session.
How much does therapy cost? For individual therapy fees vary from $60.00 to $250.00 per hour with typical charges for a good experienced therapist around $150.00 per hour. Group therapy fees are usually about $50.00 per group session. Many health insurance plans will cover the majority of the cost.