Frequently Asked Questions

Question - What is the difference between a LCSW, LMFT, or LPC?

In a word, NOTHING. The LCSW, LMFT and LPC has some years of experience and has passed an examination which gives the right to practice as a therapist. They all have at least a master’s degree and have completed a clinical internship. That being said, none of these certifications have anything to do with what happens when you are in the office. Each therapist adopts a clinical orientation and skill set that is comfortable for them and practices from that perspective; some mix several clinical perspectives according to what they think works best. 

Question - What is a MFT?

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are relationship specialists who treat persons involved in interpersonal relationships. They are trained to assess, diagnose and treat individuals, couples, families and groups to achieve more adequate, satisfying and productive marriage, family and social adjustment. The practice also includes premarital counseling, child counseling, divorce or separation counseling and other relationship counseling. 

Question - Do I have to be married or come with my family to see an MFT?

Marriage and Family Therapists primary emphasis is on building and sustaining relationships. My training extends to working with individuals, couples, and/or families (married or not). However, the main goal is to examine the entire system, whether the client is seen individually, as a couple, family, or group. 

Question - Are you a Christian counselor?

Yes, I am a Christian and a counselor. Christian counseling draws upon psychology and Christian teaching. The effort to combine counseling with Christian perspective. This is sometimes called “integration.” For example, scientific evidence indicates that rational cognitive therapy which is based on underlying Christian principles is an effective form of cognitive therapy. 

Question - How long/ often will I have to come?

Typically we start with 1 session per week for a least the first month (longer if there is a need) than we can space out sessions to every other week, etc. Average time to reach goals is 3-6 months. But this greatly varies from person to person  

Question - How much does it cost?

We accept most major insurance including Medicaid. if you do not have insurance. Services may vary in price based on need, please contact us with any questions.

Question - What is Play Therapy and how does it work?

It is a form of psychotherapy in which play is used as a means of helping children express or communicate their feelings. The therapy might use play to recreate something they found stressful or frightening or they might read stories that solve a problem similar to your child’s.

Question - What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a specialized area of therapy that uses art materials and the creative process to explore emotions, reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem, and resolve other psychological conflicts.

Marriage & Family Therapy Center

223 South Main Street

Galax, VA 24333

 (276) 236-8888