There are many types of professionals that can offer you counseling services but not all are trained in the same manner. Having my Post-Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy has given me the additional education and practical experience to work with more than one person in the room and to view the issues as not just belonging to one individual but to the "system" in which the person lives. Analyze, understand and change the system and you give the person/s a better chance of changing their life to be productive and satisfying. That system can be a family, a marriage, a workplace or a community.
Many counseling programs only train their students to work with one person at a time and to treat the individual only, but not to step back and view the system as a whole. Be sure that if you do seek help in this area that you are aware of the training the professional possesses and that it matches your goals.
Maryellen Dabal, MA, LMFT
Southlake Counseling & Neurofeedback Center
420 North Carroll Ave Suite 140
Southlake, TX 76092
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Service Spotlight: Family Counseling
Family counseling can be very productive and even more productive than individual counseling if done correctly. I am a firm believer that in many situations, the more people involved in solving the issue, the better chance that the resolution will satisfy more of those involved in that system. Having a family in the room together allows each person to have a voice in what is happening. It allows me, as the clinician, to get stories and facts validated on the spot, which can make for faster resolution of the problem. Family counseling can allow even the youngest member of the family to feel as though they matter and that their opinion is important. Empowering every family member gives them a sense that they can contribute to the solution as well.
The major challenge in family counseling is being able to control the emotions in the room and the flow of information. I have developed many strategies for helping that to happen. Teaching communication and listening skills in a family context also allows them to learn these important tools first hand and to be able to take that skill home and practice it with others who are familiar with the process.
So, if family counseling is something you have thought about, be sure that the professional you are seeing is trained in this specific genre and has the theory and philosophy to back it up. I welcome the opportunity to work with you in this area and to further explain my theory of practice. Being married for 23 years and still in the process of raising two teenage daughters, I have had a lot of practice in developing that theory.
I welcome feedback regarding the newsletter or questions about my practice. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I cannot, however, give advice through email. For more information on my practice please visit my website: www.dabalmft.com.
I wish you well...