Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT or MFCC or LMFT)
An MFT is a licensed professional counselor who helps individuals, couples, families and children explore and solve problems. The name can be somewhat misleading because it neglects to mention that a major area of counseling performed by most MFT’s is therapy with individual adults. MFT's are also relationship specialists who treat persons involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment. The practice also includes premarital counseling, child counseling, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship counseling. Marriage and Family Therapists are psychotherapists and healing arts practitioners licensed by the State of California. Requirements for licensure include a related doctoral or two-year master's degree, passage of a comprehensive written and oral examination and at least 3,000 hours of supervised (mostly unpaid) experience.
Other types of Therapists
California recognizes numerous different licenses to practice counseling and therapy. All of the counselors and therapists in California are registered with a government organization called the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). This board oversees the ethical and legal providing of psychological services to the citizens of California.