At American Behavioral Clinics, our specialists are prepared to expertly manage the complexities that arise and influence one another in these relationship systems. Our approach to MFT is generally short-term therapy consisting of an average of 12 solution-focused sessions. However, more sessions may be required depending on the severity of the particular problem(s).
In couple or marriage counseling, our therapists will begin by meeting with both partners and then separately with each individual. In family therapy, our therapists also begin by meeting with the entire family and then, if necessary, meet individually with family members.
At the first appointment, the therapist will gather information to learn more about the problem that brought you to therapy, obtain perspectives and thoughts from everyone involved, and observe couple/family dynamics. The therapists will also provide you with a clear sense of treatment goals that include strategies and guidelines to be observed while in and out of sessions.
Over time, positive changes will be made by identifying and changing unhealthy communication and behavior patterns that contribute to conflicts, while proactively exploring ways to resolve issues.