Clinical practice patterns of marriage and family therapists: A national survey of therapists and their clients

William J Doherty, Deborah S. Simmons

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Abstract

This report presents the first national data on the mental health services provided by marriage and family therapists. A sample of 526 therapists from 15 states gave descriptive information on their training, level of experience, and professional practices, along with detailed information on recently completed cases. In addition, 492 of these therapists' clients reported on their satisfaction with treatment and their change in functioning. The findings indicated that marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious mental health and relational problems, that they do so in relatively short-term fashion, that they use individual, couple, and family treatment modalities, that couple and family therapy are briefer than individual therapy, and that client satisfaction and functional improvement are quite high.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-25
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1996

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