Austin Wood

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Master of Science (MS)


Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Thorana Nelson


This was an exploratory study of 243 MFTs in the states of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. A majority (66%) reported that they had been in therapy at some time during their careers. The purposes of this research were to (a) find out how therapists effectively and ethically cope with stress, (b) find out more about the therapists who do not utilize therapy, and (c) find out what barriers therapists face in seeking therapy when they do need or desire it.

Effective coping strategies for stress included religious activities, exercise, and spending time with family and friends. Characteristics associated with not having been to therapy were being male, in a first marriage, Latter-day Saint, working in a for-profit agency with inpatient clients, licensed in Utah, and having at least three children. The most common barriers to seeking therapy were "I can handle my own problem(s) effectively enough without therapy" and "My problem(s) is/are not significant enough."