What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?

It wasn't that long ago that I was hesitant to tell people that I was a marriage and family therapist. Not because I was embarrassed about what I do. I love my job. But it used to be that not everyone could get married. So sometimes that meant that people who could not legally married would be less likely to ask for my help because they weren't sure whether I would want to help them or judge them.

With the recent changes in the national law regarding marriage, I don't have to worry about that any more. It's not that I'm more or less proud of what I do, just relieved that I can talk about marriage without that little voice in the back of my head that says, "yeah, but..." 

So recently, my professional organization, The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, produced a video that shares what it means to be a marriage and family therapist. I think it captures really well what my profession aspires to.

We want to be great at helping people solve problems. 

For me, that means working with couples. I share this video to be a resource for anyone who needs help. Sometimes, the way I help people is by not being their therapist, but by getting them to the right therapist or service that works for them.

This is a free service I provide for the community. Sometimes, you just need a place to start.

Dr. Mathis Kennington