The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) aims to "enhance the recognition of the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy," as it is often confused with other behavioral healthcare disciplines. In this video, AAMFT wants to inform the public that marriage and family therapy is a distinct profession, and to dispel the myth that it is a subset of other behavioral healthcare professions.
According to Sharon Ramsay, MDiv, RP, and RMPFT, "Marriage and family therapy is an approach to therapy whereby relationships are privileged." She says, "Whether you're an individual, a couple, or a family, whatever has brought you into the office will be looked at in the context of your relationship." Marriage and family therapists see things such as health, illness, loss, trauma, and personal experiences in the context of relationships.
Leah Chalofsky (MFC 83622) is the licensed marriage and family therapist at Community Well. She provides therapy for individuals, couples, and families. She brings years of experience, working with clients on many issues, including reproductive and maternal health, depression, anxiety, recovery from trauma, domestic violence, substance abuse, and adolescent challenges. The context of relationships matters when working with individuals, couples, and families. Leah recognizes this and provides a warm, supportive environment that allows clients to feel heard, and also challenges them to use their strengths to heal and grow. To book an appointment with Leah, visit our marriage and family therapy page for contact info and the sliding scale.