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When you feel stuck in life or are having trouble adjusting to new transitions-getting married, having children, or dealing with aging issues-a qualified therapist can help.
While medication can help some people gain relief from symptoms, therapy -with or without medications-is the most effective long-term treatment. When people receive the treatment they need, they have fewer medical problem, miss fewer work days, and are more resilient in the face of life's challenges. Therapy helps individuals, couples, and families live more productive, satisfying, and rewarding lives.

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  1. 1. How Therapists Can Help Nearly half of those who seek help are suffering from inter- Healthy Living: personal problems. You may be struggling in a marriage, with parenting issues, or are having other family conflicts. Other individuals who seek treatment suffer serious men- tal health issues that range from anxiety and depression to Caring for Your Emotional and bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health Most health insurance policies cover the service of MFTs so long as the services are When you feel stuck in your life or are having trouble adjusting to new transitions—getting married, hav- “medically necessary.” This typically includes ing children, or dealing with aging issues—a qualified coverage for face-to-face sessions for a therapist can help. diagnosable mental health problem. Such coverage may be limited. Please contact your While medication can help some people gain relief from symptoms, therapy—with or without medica- health insurance company for detailed tion—is the most effective long-term treatment. When information about the coverage available to people receive the treatment they need, they have fewer you and your family. medical problems, miss fewer work days, and are more resilient in the face of life’s challenges. Therapy helps individuals, couples, and families live more produc- tive, satisfying, and rewarding lives. What you tell a therapist is private. By law, all thera- pists are required to maintain confidentiality in most circumstances. California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA 92111-1606 Phone: (858) 292-2638 Fax: (858) 292-2666 Brought to you by the ™ California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  2. 2. Offering Extra Support About Marriage and Family Therapists Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are relationship experts. They work with individuals, couples, families, children, adolescents, and the elderly, providing support and perspective as patients struggle with life’s challenges. Licensed by the State of California, MFTs are psycho- therapists who are uniquely trained and credentialed to assess, diagnose, and treat a wide range of issues so Who Can Help individuals achieve more adequate, satisfying and The training, experience and scope of practice differ among the How to Get Started productive relationships and social adjustment. four types of mental health professionals. Check your insurance. Coverage among insurance com- Psychiatrists—Medical doctors (M.D.s) who are trained pri- The California Association of Marriage and Family panies varies widely, so call to find out what your plan will marily to prescribe medicine. Some also practice psychotherapy. Therapists (CAMFT) is an independent statewide non- pay. Before you begin therapy, ask if your therapist accepts Psychologists—Have a doctoral level degrees with a focus on profit organization made up of over 29,000 mental health your insurance and what you will pay out-of-pocket each psychological testing and psychotherapy. professionals. CAMFT is dedicated to advancing session. Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs)—Hold a Masters marriage and family therapy as a healing art, science, Degree (or a doctoral level degree)/Ph.D. with a primary empha- and mental health profession. In fact, CAMFT sponsors Be informed. Some therapists use long-term therapy to sis on social services, including psychotherapy.™ so Californians can gain access to resolve long-term issues. Others use short-term therapy to Marriage and family therapists (MFTs)—Hold a Masters de- qualified local experts who can help. address specific goals. Approaches include psychodynamic, gree (and many also hold a doctoral level degree.) with an emphasis cognitive-behavioral, family therapy, and solution-focused on psychotherapy and counseling. MFTs are the only mental health therapy among others. Read up to learn more. ™ professionals who by law complete mandatory coursework in counseling and psychotherapy. As the relationship experts, MFTs Contact potential therapists. Look for therapists with are trained to treat individuals, couples, families, and groups. specialized training and experience on the issue you are Seeking a Marriage and Family Therapist or other mental When to Seek Help health professional to assist with life’s difficulties is a sign of seeking help with. Use short telephone interviews to shop courage and a step in the right direction. Always ask about Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) work with children, for a good fit with potential therapists. a therapist’s special areas of expertise (e.g. grief counseling, teenagers, adults, and elderly people as well as couples and individuals. They treat: children’s issues, relationship counseling) before you engage Ask lots of questions. Look for someone warm and sup- in therapy to ensure it’s the right fit for you. portive. Ask about fees, availability, and how the therapist • Emotional stress or anxiety • Grief TherapistFinder™ is a California-wide interactive, online would work with you. Say what you need. • Behavioral problems • Anger directory that is user-friendly and searchable by name, location, • Depression • Sexual abuse Don’t be afraid. You are not alone. Seeking help when and area of expertise. It’s your introduction to one or more • Alcohol and drug abuse • Suicidal behaviors qualified psychotherapists who hold a California license. • Marital issues (including divorce, • Domestic violence feelings and relationships threaten your well-being is the pre-marital counseling, stepfamilies) • Serious emotional problems first step to a better life. Take that step today. • Parenting issues • Severe mental disorders • Eating disorders MFTs work with people in crisis as well as those who want to improve their emotional well-being or build skills to grow in a relationships or marriage. They also refer and collabo- rate with physicians, psychiatrists, and other professionals in the clients best interests.