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"I want to love you without clutching, appreciate you without judging, join you without invading, invite you without demanding, leave you without guilt, criticize you without blaming, and help you without insulting. If I can have the same from you, then we can truly meet and enrich each other."

--Virginia Satir, psychologist and pioneer in Family Systems


How To Use This Guide

Welcome to the Libguide on the Marriage and Family Therapy.

This guide was constructed to give you a launching point for your own research in the many and diverse subjects covered by the Marriage and Family Counseling (LMFT) banner. This guide is useful for students pursuing the LMFT degree, ministers and missionaries seeking insight, and laymen seeking to understand mental health issues. This guide seeks to give you a general overview of the philosophies, theories, and application of counseling so that you can have a thorough background to continue your research. It is not meant to be exhaustive. 

This libguide has been divided into several sections for your convenience. 


The Introduction to Counseling  looks over general principles of counseling and the ways that Pastoral and LMFT Counseling differ. We have collected diverse voices and opinions on the topic of whether or not Christians can or should practice LMFT counseling. These books also identify and consider the differences in practice.

The General Counseling Issues identifies secondary sources on the most common issues encountered in counseling. From Addiction, to Depression, to Marriage counseling, we have collected sources that you can use to refine your understanding of the topics. You can use the subjects attached to these works to look for other secondary sources similar to these. 

The Studying for the LMFT Exam  identifies the areas that will be covered by the LMFT Licensure exam. We have taken into account the different areas of the exam. This section also includes study guides to help you in your exam journey. We STRONGLY recommend this section for students taking their practicums to learn which system works best for them.

Journals is a collection of journals on the topic of Marriage and Family Therapy. Journals are a great way to get cutting edge research on targeted subjects. Shorter and more compact than books, journals are a great way to get a deeper understanding of the details and niche aspects of any topic. Most journals in the Marriage and Family section are accessed via the online format.

Cross Cultural Counseling combines anthropology and counseling to prepare missionaries and people expecting to work with minorities within the USA for counseling across cultures. It compiles some resources on worldview, cross cultural communication, and also some books targeted on the issues that crop up in cross cultural counseling.


Call Numbers & Subject Headings


BF 990--BF 724.85, HQ1-2044-HQ2042-2044

Psychology. The family, marriage, women. Counseling

The Library of Congress.