Our practice is made up exclusively of trained Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs).
While mental health counselors, social workers, and psychologists sometimes work with couples and families, MFTs are intensively and specifically trained to understand and help relationships.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists are mental health professionals specifically trained in family systems and relationships. We have extensive experience working with more than one client in the room at a time, a situation that’s more difficult than one might think!
A family's patterns of behavior influences the individual and therefore may need to be a part of the treatment plan. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person - even if only a single person is interviewed - it is the set of relationships in which the person is embedded.
Marriage and family therapists broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the individual-in-relationship. MFTs take a holistic perspective to health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families.
Research studies repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy in treating the full range of mental and emotional disorders and health problems. Adolescent drug abuse, depression, alcoholism, obesity and dementia in the elderly -- as well as marital distress and conflict -- are just some of the conditions marriage and family therapists effectively treat.
Studies also show that clients are highly satisfied with services of marriage and family therapists. Clients report marked improvement in work productivity, co-worker relationships, family relationships, partner relationships, emotional health, overall health, social life, and community involvement.
In a recent study, consumers report that marriage and family therapists are the mental health professionals they would most likely recommend to friends. Over 98 percent of clients of marriage and family therapists report therapy services as good or excellent.
After receiving treatment, almost 90% of clients report an improvement in their emotional health, and nearly two-thirds report an improvement in their overall physical health. A majority of clients report an improvement in their functioning at work, and over three-fourths of those receiving marital/couples or family therapy report an improvement in the couple relationship. When a child is the identified patient, parents report that their child's behavior improved in 73.7% of the cases, their ability to get along with other children significantly improved and there was improved performance in school. Marriage and family therapy's prominence in the mental health field has increased due to its brief, solution-focused treatment, its family-centered approach, and its demonstrated effectiveness.
At MFTWNY, we follow best care practices, working together to hone our clinical skills in a small group practice to bring you the best of our individual clinical abilities from our shared vision of compassion, openness, and hope.
To do this well, we blend current knowledge and approaches brought by our field’s newest clinicians with our licensed therapists’ many decades of experience. Our Pre-Licensed Professional Clinicians come to MFTWNY to be part of our shared vision and learn from our most seasoned therapists, bringing with them knowledge of the most advanced research and therapeutic approaches and the excitement of learning and helping you.
You will schedule an appointment with a Pre-Licensed Professional whose schedule works well for you, and just like therapy everywhere, you meet and discuss your concerns.
The added benefit is what happens in between your sessions: your therapist talks with their supervisor, Dr. Cramer, and together they decide on how to best help you. Because of this weekly collaboration, when working with a Pre-Licensed Professional, you also gain the benefit of Dr. Cramer’s expertise.
With smaller caseloads to ensure focused supervision for every client, new therapists are able to be more flexible in scheduling, and have more time to plan your session and research beneficial interventions tailored specifically to you.