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Family Solutions Counseling

Kathleen W. Shack, M.S., LMFT
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What are your hours?

I am currently in the office by appointment only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. My earliest appointment is at 10am and the latest session begins at 5pm. I will work closely with you to find the best time and day to fit your schedule.

What are your fees?

My fee varies depending on the type of service you are seeking. We can discuss fees prior to your first appointment.

How long will I be in therapy?

Sessions are typically once a week until both myself and the clients deem it appropriate to space sessions further apart. Sessions are 50 minutes unless I have scheduled you a double session time. If I am seeing children, I ask that only the parents attend the first session for background-gathering information. When seeing couples, I see both of you for the first session and then each partner has an individual session. All the following sessions are together. Therapy may be brief, long-term or somewhere in between. The length of time you will be in therapy depends on the severity and nature of the problem you are experiencing and how long it has been an issue. You will get out of therapy what you put into it. Reaching your goals is a collaborative effort that takes place over time and your participation is crucial. I will be assigning you “homework” on a weekly basis. Your effort inside my office as well as outside my office will have a direct impact on your rate of progress.

Who are Marriage and Family Therapists?

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. MFTs are a highly experienced group of practitioners, with an average of 13 years of clinical practice in the field of marriage and family therapy. They evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, other health and behavioral problems, and address a wide array of relationship issues within the context of the family system.

MFTs broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as marriage and the family. MFTs are concerned with the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families. Studies show that clients are highly satisfied with services of MFTs. 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% of clients of marriage and family therapists report therapy services as good or excellent. Please go to www.aamft.org for further information about Marriage and Family Therapy.

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