What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?

A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is a mental health professional who is trained to consider how every person is effected by his/her family, friends, environment, stressors, etc as well the person's effect on the family, friends, environment and more.  At Cura, we are all MFTs who work with individuals, couples and families to help you thrive within your world.

Click here to watch a video from the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


What is a professional counselor?

A Professional Counselor (LPC or APC) examines a person’s psychological and social development and his/her current functioning, and treatment will focus on helping to improve overall development and wellness (including treatment of mental illness). An LPC is trained to assist the individual to create healthy coping strategies and be able to successfully function in his/her daily lives.


How do I choose a therapist?

Finding a therapist can be a challenge but with a little research and care, you can find one who can be a great fit for your needs. Once you have identified a few, check out his/her web presence for published works education and method for therapy then call for a consult. Pay attention to how the therapist makes you feel when you talk to her. Ask questions about how he works with clients as well as his qualifications to work with your concerns. Trust your instincts, then set an appointment.

Length of time in therapy is really determined by your goals and the complexities of them. If you are ready to make change that will allow your goals to be attainable.

Most sessions are one hour long. There is the opportunity for longer sessions for an additional fee. Longer sessions must be approved by your therapist.

How long does therapy take?

A wise and trusted friend can be helpful when crises come about but if there are times when you feel that you can not share ALL of how you're feeling, a trained professional can be a better option.  At Cura, our therapists maintain a nonjudgmental, supportive stance that will allow you to feel comfortable and safe.

When I can talk to a friend for free, why would I pay for therapy?