Most mental health professionals and their clients recognize the necessity of treating mental and emotional problems within the context of the family system. Family involvement—including family psychoeducation, multifamily group therapy, and family therapy—have been consistently linked to better individual and family functioning. Research on couples therapy for depression indicates that couples therapy is the treatment of choice for couples in which there is both depression and couple distress. Family therapy outcomes for severe mental illness include improved well being, fewer medical illnesses, decreased medical care utilization, and increased self-efficacy. ~ American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (online @ aamft.org)
I am a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I have served on the Maine Division Board as a Director and as President.
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