Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling and the Dsm-V

Marriage,Couple, and Family Counseling and the Dsm-V

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Answerthe following Question

Anexample of a specific instance in which you may need to consult withanother mental health professional who utilizes the DSM-V.

Depressioncan result in mental disorders. This depressive disorder leads tofluctuating moods. The symptoms are too severe that they affect howone feels, thinks and even handles daily activities. In an instancewhereby I am jilted, then this can cause severe mental breakdown thatcould inhibit proper concentration and cause inability to make rightdecisions (Beach, 2012). The stress resulting from the breaking upof a person I love could affect my sleeping patterns, encounterproblems while sitting and loss of appetite which means loss ofweight. Breaking up with my partner is an instance that can lead meto consult with a mental health professional who makes use ofdiagnostic system manual that helps largely in identifying andelaborating a person’s mental health disorder and not relationaldisorders.

Then,explain how your familiarity with the DSM-Vmay influence this consultation

Apatient with a mental health problem is required to have theknowledge and understanding of the DSM. The knowledge of DSM enablesthem to expect the full professional treatment from the professionalcounselors and the confidence that their problems will be addressedin the most proper way possible. The professional using DSM canassess and conceptualize the various cases in which people aresuffering from the mental distress. The conceptualization facilitatesa comprehension in a common language towards the establishment of thetreatment planning of the individual. Assessing and conceptualizinghelps the professionals address complex and entrenched symptom logy(Beach, 2012).

Next,explain one advantage and one disadvantage of a marriage, couple, andfamily counselor being familiar with the DSM-V.Be specific

Advantageof a Marriage Counselor being familiar with DSM-V

  1. Proper treatment as the problem has been well evaluated and understood.


  1. Dehumanizing one’s clients and devaluing them.

Advantageof a couple counselor being familiar with DSM-V

    1. Building rapport and proper relationships with the clients, hence enabling the client to open up


    1. Client’s inability to engage and interact authentically with the counselor when they realize that their concerns have been discredited.

Advantageof a family counselor being familiar with DSM-V

  • Helps prevent confusion in communication about patients of the same family with similar constellation of symptoms.


  • Some counselors fear that they might end up losing their hearts or sell their souls while incorporating diagnosis into their practice.


Theuse of DSM-V has been used in the past and will continue to be usedin the future. A comprehension of this diagnostic and its variousimpacts in counseling either negative or positive will be importantto effective, efficient and ethical delivery of professionalcommunity mental health counseling services. Most importantly topeople with families, in marriages and couples.


Beach,S. R. (2012). &quotAffective disorders.” Journal of Marital andFamily Therapy, 38(1), 201-219.