Finding the Right Marital Therapist
Searching for a good marital therapist may sound intimidating, but not exactly. It can be as simple as asking for a referral from a friend, your doctor or even a priest. To get more info, visit  If you don't feel comfortable doing that, there's always the Internet. Of course, not everything on the web is right for you or even true, so stick to reputable sources of information.

When looking for a marital counselor, here are tips you can consider:

Web Directories

Online directories are a good place to start looking, but as we mentioned earlier, not all sources on the Internet are trustworthy. Two of the most trusted directories for those looking for a marriage counselor are the National Registry of Marriage-Friendly Therapists (NRMF) and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT).

The Right Qualifications

All therapists must have a license, but the specifics can be different, depending on the state where they practice. Generally speaking, a marital therapist must be a a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), a psychologist (Ph.D.or PsyD), a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), or a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Most importantly, remember that couples therapists are not automatically qualified as marriage therapists, because the dynamics of marriage are clearly unique from those of unmarried couples.

Meeting the Therapist

When you meet your prospective therapist for the first time, don't hesitate to ask questions. This is crucial if they were not personally recommended by someone you know. Beyond the fees and availability issues, go deeper with your questions.

For example, how long have they been helping married couples? What advanced training do they have, if any? How long does a session usually last? Is there a possibility of you and your spouse being ruled out for marriage therapy (for instance, domestic violence)?

If the therapist's marital status is important to you, it's alright to ask. You may feel more at ease with someone who is actually married and has kids.

Trusting Your Intuition

When determining whether a counselor is right for you or not, be sensitive to your gut. Read more about  Therapy at  Did you feel some kind of connection the first time you met? Did he talk sense? Did it feel like he had a good grasp of what you've told him about your marriage so far? What does your better half think ? If either of you felt uncomfortable the first time around, look for another therapist.

Finally, keep in mind that no matter how qualified or nice or sincere a therapist is, he cannot fix your marriage for you. His role is only to help, and the fixing is your job as the couple.Learn more from

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