Mental Health
Marriage and Family Therapist

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Salary: $47,559 - $60,387
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Hourly: $14.11 - $26.68
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 6-8 years
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Marriage and family therapists address a wide variety of relationship issues and treat mental and nervous disorders and problems within families. These therapists deal with many issues, including those that stem from couple relationships, children, step families, and caring for elderly parents. They also treat and help families cope with specific disorders such as substance abuse, eating disorders, prolonged underachieving, depression, as well as other mental and emotional problems. The marriage and family therapist consults with all those involved in the problem, including parents, spouses, children, friends, school personnel, social services, community agencies, and the courts.

Work Environment
Marriage and family therapists work in clinics, agencies, hospitals, schools, family service centers, and private practice. Hours must be flexible to accommodate families in crisis and working people who must have evening or weekend appointments.