Marriage and Family Therapist

Vaneza Palma

What do workers do on the job?

Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems.

What is the working environment like?

Marriage and family therapists work in a variety of settings, such as private practice and mental health centers. Most work full time. Some even work on the evening and weekends.The working hours very depending on the client.

Education, Training and other qualifications.

To become a Marriage and Family Therapist you will need a master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, or a related mental health field. A bachelor’s degree in most fields is acceptable to enter a master’s-level program. Also a license is needed to become a (MFT). Students gain experience in providing family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy and other therapeutic interventions, under the supervision of a licensed counselor. Some qualities to become a (MFT) includes being a great listener, compassionate, organized and also great speaking skills.


In may 2012 the average payment for a Marriage and Family Therapist was $46,670.

Employment Change and Job Prospect from 2012 to 2022

The employment of a Marriage and Family Therapist is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 22.

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