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A Day in the life of a Marital Therapist in Delaware

A typical day in the life of a marital therapist will depend greatly on the type of facility they have chosen to work in. Each different work environment can provide a different experience. For instance someone working as a marital therapist in the private practice area isn’t likely to have the same sort of experience that someone working in the public service sector will. These are just some examples of things you might be able to expect during a typical day.

If you are working in the private practice then you will most likely be seeing a smaller number of clients. Most often you will see around six patients, or couples per day. This will also leave you time to deal with the paperwork side of your career. Another thing that therapists often spend time doing when they are not seeing patients is research. Therapy is an ever growing and expanding field, and that means that therapists spend a great deal of time researching the work that they do. They are expected to stay up to date on the latest forms of treatments available. It allows them to provide their clients with the most effective forms of therapy. By keeping up on the different types of therapies they also ensure that they have choices. If the standard form of therapy isn’t working with the couple they are seeing then they will have a different option.

Those working in the public sector may need to see more patients, seeing anywhere from six to ten couples a day. They are still required to keep up on paperwork, which can be more intensive because you are working in a facility that is likely either run by the federal government or by the local government. Therapist working in a public facility will also need to keep up to date on the latest research.

There are also sometimes positions that are in local clinics or hospitals. In this case you might be asked to consult with someone who is having difficulties in their relationship.

A great deal of time regardless of where you work will be dedicated to research and paper work. Often hours will be spent making records. You will take notes during your sessions so that you can later refer to them when you are trying to help the couple work through a problem. These notes will need to be typed up and filed.

A typical session will help you understand the difficulties your client is facing. Sessions often last around an hour, generally at the fifty minute mark.

Marital therapists may also run different group therapy sessions. Offering couples a way to discuss their issues with other couples in a safe and unthreatening environment.

One of the benefits of working in a private practice setting is that you do write your own schedule. This allows you as a therapist to set the times you choose to work. It can also give you the freedom to work with clients that don’t conform to traditional schedules.  For instance in private practice you can see a patient who isn’t able to get away from work during the week.

These are just some of the aspects that you face on a daily basis as a marital therapist. There are different ways that your day might turn out, depending on what type of career path you choose. If you are working in a private practice you may be more in a position to help clients who aren’t able to see a therapist during standard working hours.