What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

Marriage and Family Therapy is a mental health profession which has at its theoretical foundation a systemic and relational philosophy. Marriage and Family Therapy is a way of doing mental health treatment that takes into consideration the relational context of an individual, couple, family, or larger system. Thus, a Marriage and Family Therapist can treat mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety as well as relational problems such as communication issues, intimacy problems, or infidelity. 

Marriage and Family Therapists follow the AAMFT Code of Ethics, a document that guides the practice of MFT toward excellent care and the protections and safety of clients. The AAMFT Code of Ethics in inspired by the ancient ethic found in the beginning of the Hippocratic oath, “First do not harm.”