Common Questions

 

What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

 

How is Marriage and Family Therapy

different than Counseling?

 

Why should I receive therapy at a training center?

 

How do I know if I need therapy?

 

Will therapy or counseling really help my marriage or relationship?

 

Do you do Learning Disability assessments?

 

Do you do Court Ordered Visits?

 

If I need help for my child, do I come to therapy, too?

 

Do I have to be a student or an Auburn employee to come?

 

Will I have the same therapist throughout therapy?

 

What if my partner will not attend therapy with me?

 

Is Childcare Provided?

 

How can I learn more? 

 

Do you do Educational Presentations?

 

What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

  • Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are well-trained mental health practitioners.

  • MFTs are trained in a variety of theories to treat families, couples, and individuals.

  • MFTs consider all important relationships in helping to reach a client’s goals.

  • MFTs believe that most problems, even problems considered to be individual problems, are best treated in relationships. For example, an individual with high anxiety will best be helped as friends and family gather to strengthen and encourage him/her.

  • Marriage and Family Therapists belong to the organization American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. For more information on MFT, visit the AAMFT website at www.aamft.org

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How is Marriage and Family Therapy different than Counseling?
The difference between MFT and Counseling is that the former (MFT) really focuses more on individuals, couples, families in the context of their interpersonal relationships, which is one of the major reasons that people seek help difficulty with their relationships with themselves and significant others. In addition, we also focus on these interpersonal relationships in the larger social context.

 

 

Why should I receive therapy at a training center?
No one works harder for clients than a therapist in training. Intern therapists often have an observation team and supervisor providing input on cases to insure the best quality treatment possible.
Therapists in training have the benefit of multiple perspectives and feedback to enhance the therapeutic experience. In addition, the MFT center is able to provide high-quality therapy for a much lower cost than other non-training therapy centers.

 

 

How do I know if I need therapy?
If you are unsatisfied with any area of your life, therapy can be beneficial for you. Seeking help is difficult for most people. If you think you may need therapy, come for a session to further explore your options.

 

 

Will therapy or counseling really help my marriage or relationship?
Therapy is not successful in treating all problems or healing all relationships, but we have seen many couples’ relationships restored and problems relieved. Furthermore, much of the success of therapy depends on the individual’s/couple’s efforts and commitment to change.

 

 

Do you do Learning Disability assessments?
No. If you need an assessment, contact the Auburn University Psychological Services Center at (334)844-4889 located in Cary Hall.

 

 

Do you do Court Ordered Visits?
If you have been ordered by the court to go to counseling, you are welcome here! We will, however need you to sign a waiver saying that we are allowed to disclose personal information to the court.

 

 

If I need help for my child, do I come to therapy, too?
When treating children, we typically see the family as a whole. We will often meet with the child or the parents individually, as well. Sessions with the parents can be very beneficial for relieving the child’s problems because the parents spend much more time with the child throughout the week than the therapist is able to do. Overall, the structure of the sessions varies depending on the needs and goals of the family.

 

 

Do I have to be a student or an Auburn employee to come?
The MFT Center is OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC; you do not HAVE TO BE an Auburn University student or an Auburn University employee to use our services. Auburn and Southern Union students are eligible to receive a discounted rate of $10. Active members of the United States Military Services can receive free therapy from the center with proper ID.

 

 

Will I have the same therapist throughout therapy?
Yes, you will have the same therapist for every session. If you feel that your therapist is not a good fit, you can request a change of therapist. Occasionally a therapist may need to transfer you to another therapist or refer you to another professional who may better suit your needs; however, most clients see the same therapist throughout their treatment.

 

 

What if my partner will not attend therapy with me?
At times, an individual will want to seek therapy for couple problems but their partner is unwilling to attend. In these cases, one partner is welcome to attend therapy alone. However, treatment for couple problems tends to be less effective with only one partner. Therapists often work with one partner in the couple on their individual issues or coping with life stressors.

 

 

Is Childcare Provided?
Unfortunately, Child Care cannot be provided. Please do not leave your child of any age in the waiting room.

 

 

How can I learn more? 
Feel free to call the center at (334) 844-4478. Our receptionist will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

 

 

Do you do Educational Presentations?
Yes! The intern therapists at Auburn University MFT Center are available to provide educational presentations on a variety of topics for your community group. Contact the center by email (mftcenter@auburn.edu) or phone (334-844-4478) to request a presentation for your organization.

 

 

 

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