Marriage and Family Therapists

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Marriage and Family Therapists

Marriage and Family Therapists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, marriage and family therapists:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a very high level of social interaction. They talk with patients extensively in person, over the telephone, and using e-mail.
  • Occasionally write letters and memos.
  • Are frequently placed in conflict situations in which patients may be upset or angry. On rare occasions deal with patients who might be physically aggressive.
  • Work as part of a team or group of therapists.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work indoors in offices.
  • May work physically near others, such as when sharing an office with patients.

Work Performance

  • Must be accurate when diagnosing problems and advising patients on how to make changes. Patients seek good input and sound advice.
  • Make decisions on a daily basis that strongly impact patients and their families. They rarely consult with a supervisor or coworkers before making decisions.
  • Are usually able to set their tasks for the day without consulting with coworkers or a supervisor.
  • Work in a moderately stressful environment and meet daily and weekly deadlines.


  • Generally work full time, 40 hours per week.
  • Sometimes have a flexible schedule. Therapists can set appointments according to their wishes. However, they often meet patients in the evenings to accommodate their schedules.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.