What is a MFT -- MFT Therapist
Marriage and family therapists are a highly experienced group of practitioners, with an average of 13 years of clinical practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. They evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, other health and behavioral problems, and address a wide array of relationship issues within the context of the family system.
Marriage and Family Therapists broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as marriage and the family. MFTs take a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.
MFTs have graduate training (a Master's or Doctoral degree) in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience. Marriage and family therapists are recognized as a "core" mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. There are an estimated 48,000 marriage and family therapists in the United States and Canada. All laws regulate marriage and family therapists at the independent level of practice.
Licensure or certification laws for licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) provide a mechanism for the public and third-party payers to identify qualified practitioners of marriage and family therapy.
Marriage and Family Therapists who obtain the MFT license or LMFT designation have met high educational and clinical experience criteria. All states require a Master's or Doctoral degree and in CT over 1000 hours of supervised clinical experience.
I’m a Certified Discernment Counselor having completed training through the Doherty Relationship Institute and the DRI Alliance for Marriage and Divorce Professionals. Discernment counseling is a way for couples to look at their options before making a final decision about divorce.
Certified Divorce & Family Mediator
I completed initial mediation training at the renowned Ackerman Institute in New York City and completed my advanced divorce mediation training at Quinnipiac University Law School in Connecticut. I work as a guide/arbiter with families in conflict to resolve issues of concern and with divorcing couples co-create a binding separation agreement that is filed with the courts dissolving the marriage. See website www.divorceprofessional.com for more detailed information on mediation services.
Jayne Schorn-Gottschalk is listed in TherapistLocater.net. The therapists are Members of the AAMFT, and as such must meet stringent training and education requirements established by the AAMFT.
AAMFT Approved Supervisors have a breadth and depth of MFT clinical and supervisory experience, and they stay involved in the professional MFT community. They are committed to refining their clinical and supervisory skills, and they participate in ongoing professional development through their affiliation with the AAMFT.
Jayne Schorn-Gottschalk is listed in the AAMFT Approved Supervisor Directory. The directory is accessible to professionals only.
What does EFT stand for?
NYCEFT Lifetime Member: The New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy provides training and supervision to mental health professionals in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Our clinical trainings are recognized by the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, directed by Susan Johnson, Ed.D. and can be applied toward becoming a Certified EFT Therapist.
ICEEFT Lifetime Member: ICEEFT serves as a centre of excellence for the promotion of secure, resilient and successful relationships between partners and within families. Our mission includes the further expansion and refinement of the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model through process and outcome research. Another central aspect of our mission is to educate health professionals and to increase public awareness about the efficacy of EFT and its role in strengthening relationship bonds.
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