Lafayette, Louisiana (PressExposure) September 01, 2009 -- Marriage and Family Counselors in Louisiana is individuals who are licensed to assess and treat mental and emotional traumas in a marriage, between couples or within a family system. You will find that these professionals are trained in psychotherapy and family systems (and usually possess a minimum of two years clinical experience). The primary focus of therapists in Louisiana is the long term well being of individuals and their families. As a rule, family therapists practice short term therapy which is around 12 sessions on an average. The treatment you received from a marital and family therapist could either be one to one or for a couple/marital or for a family.
Marriage and Family therapies are now highly prominent in the mental health field in Louisiana. The key reason for this is its demonstrated effectiveness which is achieved through adopting a solution focused treatment, and keeping the family as the main point of focus. Couples Counseling in Lafayette, Louisiana has achieved its standing as a professional discipline, and is now offered as a graduate or a post graduate program. For those interested in pursuing this line of work and becoming marriage and family therapists/licensed counsellor, they can choose from three options, a masterâs degree, a doctoral program or post-graduate clinical training programs.
In order to gain certification and get a license to practice, one needs to graduate from an accredited program and follow it up by a period of post degree supervised clinical experience (this is usually two years). At the end of the supervised clinical experience, the therapist is eligible to take a state licensing exam. Alternatively, the national examination for marriage and family therapists conducted by the AAMFT Regulatory Boards can be taken. Most states use this exam as a licensure requirement.
If you are looking for a marriage and family counsellor or couples counselling in Louisiana to assist yourself and your family, this is not a difficult task. With the advent of technology and the increased availability of the internet, the phone book as a primary source of information is a thing of the past. Information is now available at the click of a button. A lot of counsellors in Louisiana have their own website, which can provide you with the information you need. Word of mouth still remains the most popular way of getting referrals, so speak to your friends and family.
Once you have done your research and narrowed down your options to a select few therapists, the best thing to do is to contact them by telephone. Most professional counsellors and therapists in Louisiana will be willing to have a brief telephone consultation and answer any preliminary questions you might have. Telephone consultations are a great way to establish whether you and the counsellor will have a good rapport and can share a good working relationship. As with all things, there is a possibility of some âred flagsâ or warning signs materialising and should this happen, it may be time to reconsider your licensed professional counselor in la that you are seeing in Louisiana.