is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)?
Marriage & Family
Therapists are psychotherapists
and healing arts practitioners licensed
by the State of California. The
'Marriage, Family and Child Counselors'
(MFCCs), 'Marriage & Family
Therapist' (MFTs) and 'Licensed
Family Therapists' (LMFTs) are
and family therapy is found to be highly effective
because of the 'systemic' orientation that
its therapists bring to treatment. LMFTs share
a belief that an individual’s emotional
concerns or issues can be more meaningful and
productive when treated within the context
of his or her current or prior relationships.
LMFTs help with a wide variety of personal
issues and concerns, and serve clients who
span the ages from childhood through elderhood.
LMFTs can effectively counsel in crisis and
brief, focused psychotherapy, and they also
have therapeutic expertise in intensive long-term
have completed extensive education, training,
clinical fieldwork, and successful completion
of two rigorous exams to demonstrate professional
competency. In addition, they fulfill ongoing
requirements to complete Continuing Education
counseling really help?
truly can help. A growing body of research
studies reports the real benefits of therapy.
report relief from depression, anxiety, relationship
problems and stage of life adjustment difficulties.
It is often a welcome relief for
clients to have someone to talk to who does not have
an agenda or invested bias in their choices, and truly
listens with an open mind and heart. As your therapist,
I strive to provide compassionate care through deep inquiry,
clear reflections, honest feedback, education, skill
building, and the challenge and support that will help
you achieve your goals in therapy.
the process of our work together, you
may actually feel worse at times,
as memories and feelings are stirred and explored.
This is a normal reaction, and as you
work through these challenges,
you will come to feel a sense of healing and empowerment.
You are likely to gain skills and confidence than
can generalize to other challenges
in your life now and in
is a cornerstone of effective therapy.
There are legal and ethical limits
to confidentiality which will be reviewed
in our initial
can I prepare and get the most out of my therapy?
is an investment of your time, money and personhood.
Therapy works best when you are open to it
and are willing to be pro-active and participate
in your own healing. What do you wish to gain
from therapy? Are you willing to dedicate yourself
to this process? Are you confident that your
therapist is qualified to help you with the
concerns that motivated you to seek therapy
at this time?
factor in successful treatment is the therapeutic
relationship. Is your therapist a good “fit?” If
you have doubts or struggles with the therapist,
it will be beneficial to discuss them, and
ask questions as they arise.
long is a session, how often and how many times
will we meet?
are typically 50 minutes long. At times, longer
or shorter sessions may be needed.
Typically, we will meet weekly. If
you are in a crisis or prefer, we may meet more frequently.
For various reasons, clients sometimes come in less often.
I have no way of knowing what the duration
of our work together will be. It is my hope to work with
you until you achieve you goals and as long as you find
value and purpose in this investment. This may range from
a brief to extended period of time. Every client comes
in with unique circumstances and means for getting involved
in psychotherapy, and we will discuss yours in our initial
session. Primarily, it is up to you to decide how long
you will participate in therapy.
are your fees, and do you take insurance?
fee is $150 for a 50 minute session for individuals
and couples. Fees for other services will
determined. Cash and checks are accepted.
Payment is due at each appointment.
am a provider on some insurance panels. For
some other insurance plans, I will give you
a “Superbill” to submit to your insurance
company to obtain reimbursement.
is your responsibility to assure
that you have an understanding of
mental health benefit. Primary questions you will
want answered by your insurance company
are: What is my
deductible? What is my co-pay? How many sessions
are allowed per
year? Is Mary Franz, MA, LMFT on the provider list?
If not, what is the coverage for her services?
qualified providers for
this insurance plan?
questions? I will be glad to discuss your questions
and concerns when we speak on the phone and as
they arise along the way. I encourage you to
be an informed consumer of services as I believe
this will add to the foundation of a beneficial
Mary Franz, MA,
Laguna Women's Wisdom Counseling