Marriage and Family

Believe it or not, there is a difference between regular counseling and “Marriage and Family” therapy…

I, not unlike you might be now, did not think there was much of a difference between an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist). (And, please, don’t get me started on LSW…) After graduating Colorado Christian University, however, I discovered quite a few things. First, as a graduate of a CACREP accredited counseling school, I had all of the classes for an LMFT except for three. Yes, LMFT requires three more classes, and I wouldn’t have minded taking them had CCU had those classes.

Now, having started into Light University’s accredidation program in Marriage and Family Therapy and passed two of five certification to do it, I am already seeing some of the differences.

First, Marriage and Family is about couples, parents, and child counseling, what we would generally call “group therapy” in the individual counseling world. We would work with two or three people instead of just one every time, even if only one is actually in the room, such a play therapy for children. What this means for the therapist is the ability to empathize with and negotiate between people.

Second, Marriage and Family Therapy entails delving into another frame of reference, the family dynamic, in order to negotiate between them and create a healing process between them. In this way, there is a lot more education performed in Marriage and Family Therapy than in one-on-one counseling. There may also be some shame and guilt from people who did not understand another.

Take heart. I make it sound even more difficult than one-on-one therapy, but it is only more difficult for the therapist, not the family. The family can heal and heal well.

The biblical perspective is simple:  As a couple, two become one. As a single being, we can already imagine internal arguments with ourselves so the arguments between the couple are, to that extent, natural. The second half of it it whether or not both truly put that much faith and love into the marriage, to count the other as much as the self. Without lungs, a heart has no purpose. Without a brain, the body does not function. Without one, the other is sick, dying, or even dead.

Similarly, the being created out of two becoming one is as a twin to the couple’s one and will learn from the couple being or not being one. That is why there are so many broken marriages creating broken children in the world.

I am here to hear. I will help navigate these wounds and help you all to heal. That is what God wants me to do and so I will do it. It is that simple.

“Some people are worth melting for.” – Olaf, Frozen

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