Supporting Grief


Helping Survivors of Suicide

Debra and Keith* were back in my office, still trying to decide what to do. She was highly distressed over their marriage; he was equally confused about her distress. After several agonizing months of back-and-forth in both individual and marital therapy, she concluded the only way to move forward was alone.
Katherine M. Hertlein, PhD

Coping with the Loss of a Client

Grief and loss can be a challenging topic to discuss for most; words do not bring back the loved one who was lost. Those who surround you may be extra cautious not to bring up memories or topics for fear of triggering you or causing you emotional pain.
Sarah Bauer, MMFT

How MFTs Can Support Transnationals Through Their Grief Process

Immigration is a significant life change that can bring about various emotional challenges, including grief and loss. It can also complicate the grief process when a loss occurs post-immigration.
Soumayah Nanji, MA

Children’s Reactions to Death

At some point in time in our lives, we experience the loss of loved ones. Whether that be parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents, friends, and/or others about whom we care. Commonly, the perception is that these individuals will pass when we are adults; it is challenging to fathom that children will experience death before they have reached adulthood.
Sarah Bauer, MMFT

Systemic World

When the World Ceased to Exist, As We Know It: A Russian Therapist’s Experience Working with Ukrainian Refugees

The Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the prolonged escalation of the international armed conflict between the two nations, provoked a significant humanitarian crisis resulting in massive displacement of Ukrainian citizens.
Yulia Watters, PhD



Benefits and Risks: The TikTok Phenomenon

Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are uniquely positioned to assess interactions between members of a system. As clinicians, we are trained to recognize the influence of parts of the client system that may never enter the therapy room and include them in our therapeutic equations.
Amanda Anderson, PhD


Working with the Sexual Cycle in Couples Therapy: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

Part 1: What Are Sexual Cycles and Why Work With Them? In this article, we want to help couple clinicians work with the sexual cycle as intently as with the emotional cycle, to forge the strongest bond in couples’ bodies, minds, and hearts.
Laurie Watson, PhD and George Faller, MS

A Message from the President

Beginning Anew in 2023

I am filled with gratitude as I welcome 2023 as the new, incoming President of AAMFT: we have a new, incoming CEO, Christine Michaels; a new group of Board members; some ongoing challenges which we are newly poised to tackle, and opportunities that await us as we are in as strong a fiscal and strategic position than we’ve ever been.
Silvia Kaminsky, MSEd


AAMFT Welcomes Lenore M. McWey, PhD, LMFT, as New JMFT Editor-Elect

AAMFT is very pleased to announce that Lenore, M. McWey, PhD, LMFT, has been selected as editor-elect of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Dr. McWey will officially take over duties of the Journal in January 2024.

FTM is a connector to and from diverse family therapy practice, policy, supervision, and research leaders.

—Angela Lamson, PhD, LMFT

With cutting-edge and relevant articles, the FTM is the place I find practical systemic information.

—DeAnna Harris-McKoy, PhD

The magazine is great because it shows what other remarkable things my fellow colleagues are doing in the field.

—Sheldon Jacobs, PsyD, LMFT