Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic (2023)

We are committed to your wellness. We are concerned about the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and the community. We serve a diverse population of clients of all ages, genders, abilities, races, sexual orientations, relationship statuses, and socio-economic statuses. Some clients are immunocompromised, have co-occurring disorders, or are ineligible for vaccinations.

As a result of COVID-19, we have taken measures to ensure you remain safe, reduce the spread of COVID-19, and do not overwhelm medical facilities. The Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organizations’ (WHO) recommendations. To continue serving you without interruption, our students and staff wear N95 masks. Staff and students who are unvaccinated undergo rigorous COVID-19 screenings in alignment with Texas Woman's University’s (TWU) procedures.

We ask visitors to wear N95 masks and we require screening procedures for elevated temperatures. In person clients must answer questions regarding recent exposure to keep vulnerable populations safe. Clients have an option of telehealth services to avoid these procedures. Feel free to call us for information about our services at 940-898-2600.

We understand this time of uncertainty can create anxiety. If you find you or a loved one are having a difficult time or are in crisis:

  • Call 911
  • Go to your local emergency room
  • Contact MHMR at 1-800-762-0157

If there is not an immediate crisis and you would like to talk to someone, text 741-741.

For up-to-date information from TWU on COVID-19 procedures, please check

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We will get through this time. We are resilient. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.

Who we serve

We believe healthy individuals, partners in relationships, and families create healthier communities. Our graduate students from Counseling and Development and Marriage and Family Therapy departments provide therapy services to individuals, individuals in relationships, friends, and families. CFTC provides services to traditionally configured relationships or alternative configurations such as ethically non-monogamous (ENM). Student therapists partner to resolve conflict, create healthier patterns of interaction, develop coping strategies, assist in self-exploration, develop self-esteem, and other concerns. If appropriate, we offer play therapy services for children ages 3-10, expressive arts therapy for adolescents and adults, and group therapy.

Our commitment

Our primary mission is to join with individuals, partners in relationships, and families to create solutions to problems they face. We provide trauma-informed care and pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere of dignity and safety.

We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. We pride ourselves on providing competent services to individuals of diverse ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, religions, nationalities, immigration statuses, socioeconomic statuses, abilities, and backgrounds. We serve sexually diverse populations including the LGBTQIA+ population. If for any reason, an individual believes they have been discriminated against, treated unfairly, or treated unjustly, they can report their concerns to the clinic director.

The clinic director and clinic managers are available to answer questions and work through client concerns. The faculty associated with the clinic are licensed professionals in counseling and development, family therapy, and psychology.


All services and records are handled with strict confidentiality to protect all clients using the clinic’s services. Reports or information will be released only after the clinic manager or director obtains written permission from each adult client involved in the counseling process, in accordance with Texas law.

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Limits to confidentiality include:

  • Disclosure of child abuse and/or neglect
  • Disclosure of elderly abuse and/or neglect
  • If we are subpoenaed by a court
  • Disclosure of abuse from a mental health care professional
  • If you disclose that you are a harm to yourself and/or others i.e. suicidal ideation & homicidal ideation

Intake process

Prospective clients are assessed to determine if they are appropriate for the clinic or if they will better be served elsewhere. An initial intake does not guarantee your status as a client. This is an initial screening process to determine if we are able to accommodate your needs as a client.

In order to complete an intake, call our line for an appointment or select the request an appointment button on our website.

After completing the initial information online or by phone, your information will be forwarded to an intake specialist who will call you to schedule a preliminary intake assessment appointment.

After completing the preliminary intake assessment, you will receive instructions on your first appointment and you will be required to complete additional paperwork and assessments online. This documentation must be completed prior to your first appointment:

  • Proof of income
  • Identification (State ID, Military ID, or Passport)
  • Custody documents or guardianship documents (if applicable)

After completing the paperwork, you will meet with a student therapist for the initial intake either online or in-person (if in-person appointments are available). During intake, the student therapist will ask questions about your history and background. If the intake is for a minor under the age of 13, the parent or guardian must be present.

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Requesting appointments

If you are interested in receiving service at our clinic, please use the REQUEST APPOINTMENT button to be contacted by a clinic staff member. Please note, these are appointment requests only. Requests made through the system are not confirmed appointment times until you have been contacted by a clinic manager.

The clinic manager returns calls for appointment requests on Thursdays and Saturdays. Your call with the clinic manager will allow our staff to ascertain if we are equipped to meet your needs. Once a clinic manager has verified our clinic is suitable for you, they assign you a therapist intern and schedule your intake.

Until your appointment is confirmed via phone by the clinic manager, your appointment does not exist in our system, you are not yet a client of CFTC, and will not be seen atthe requested time.

Currently, telehealth sessions are offered Monday–Thursdays, and Saturdays during normal clinic business hours. We are closed on Fridays. In-person sessions are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. We do not take walk-ins.

The clinic closures align with TWU campus closures and services are not offered during breaks or inclement weather.

To make an appointment, please select the button below or call the Counseling and Family Therapy Clinic at 940-898-2600 to complete an initial phone intake.

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If the clinic is closed, please leave your name, telephone number, and the best time to call you back. The clinic assistant or a clinic manager will call you back. If you prefer we DO NOT call you back, please indicate such in the voicemail.

Good Faith Estimate notice and No Surprises Act

Notice to clients and prospective clients:

Under the law, health care providers are required to give clients who do not have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate (GFE) for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services. You can ask your healthcare provider, and any other provider, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service, or at any time during treatment. If you receive a bill $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.

For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, or how to dispute a bill, see your Estimate, or visit

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Finances should not be an insurmountable barrier to mental healthcare. We offer a sliding scale for affordability. Fees are assessed by income and range from $20.00 to $150.00 per session. Clients are required to submit proof of income. We do not accept insurance. Payments are expected the same day of services and credit cards are run the morning of the appointment. Payments are accepted through credit or debit cards only. Our clinic does not accept cash or checks. We charge a no-show fee in the full amount of the session if a client no-shows or cancels less than 24 hours in advance. We also charge a $30.00 fee if a credit or debit card fails to charge the day of services.

Potential benefits and potential risks of counseling


  • Increased self-awareness and awareness of own choices in one’s life, relationships, etc.
  • Psychoeducation/insight on psychological or behavioral issues or patterns of interaction
  • Opportunities to develop and practice new skills in a supportive environment
  • Support in reaching personal goals


  • Remembering or discussing difficult experiences
  • Experiencing intense emotions

Parking information

The clinic has designated parking in front of Woodcock Hall (Also known as the Human Development or HDB building). Upon arrival, we will record your information for parking passes. All others will be ticketed and towed.

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What is a family therapy clinic? ›

The aim of family therapy is to find ways for family members to help each other. In family therapy, a therapist works with families and those in close relationships who experience problems. The therapist explores their views and relationships to understand the problems they are having.

What are the five types of family counseling? ›

Types of Family Counseling
  • Structural therapy.
  • Strategic therapy.
  • Systemic therapy.
  • Narrative therapy.
  • Transgenerational therapy.
  • Communication theory.
  • Psychoeducation.
  • Relationship/Marriage Counseling.
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Is family counselling and family therapy same? ›

What does family therapy mean? Is it the same as individual counselling but done together for a family? No. Family therapy or family counselling is not the same as individual counselling because of the difference in the approach that the counsellor uses.

What are the 3 goals of family therapy? ›

Goals of Family Therapy

Develop and maintain healthy boundaries. Facilitate cohesion and communication. Promote problem-solving by a better understanding of family dynamics.

What do you expect in therapy clinic? ›

The therapist will ask questions about your presenting concerns, as well as your history and background. Most likely, you'll find yourself talking about your current symptoms or struggles, as well saying a bit about your relationships, your interests, your strengths, and your goals.

What is the difference between a family therapist and a counselor? ›

Therapists work to help their patients address similar issues, and often provide the same advice that counselors might. However, a key difference is that therapists often seek to go deeper by helping the patient understand the how and why behind a challenge.

What is an example of family therapy? ›

For example: Family therapy can help family members cope if a relative has a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia — but the person who has schizophrenia should continue with his or her individualized treatment plan, which may include medications, one-on-one therapy or other treatment.

What is the role of the counselor in family therapy? ›

Marriage and family therapists work with individuals, couples, and families. They bring a family-centered perspective to treatment, even when treating individuals. They evaluate family roles and development, to understand how clients' families affect their mental health.

What is a family therapist called? ›

Essentially, Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) are mental health professionals and practitioners trained in psychotherapy and family systems, with clinical practice experience averaging 13 years.

How many sessions do you need for family counselling? ›

Family therapy is typically brief – usually 6 to 8 sessions over a six month period. However, sometimes difficulties are more complex and families may need longer to find solutions that work for them. Your Family Therapist will be happy to discuss timings and timescales with you.

What is the process of family counselling? ›

In a therapy session, therapists seek to analyse the process of family interaction and communication as a whole and do not take sides with specific family members. Therapists who work as a team can model new behaviours for the family through their interactions with each other during a session.

What are the four stages of family therapy? ›

Four stages of family therapy
  • Preparation. This includes things like accepting the problem of addiction, defining the problem, and creating goals for the treatment.
  • Transition. ...
  • Consolidation. ...
  • Disengagement.

What should I expect from family therapy? ›

Family therapists may: talk about each person's hopes. encourage everyone to talk about their experiences and listen to each other. clarify each person's beliefs, values, needs, hopes and assumptions so that everyone understands each other.

What are the most effective family therapies? ›

Main Family Therapy Modalities

There are five widely recognized family therapy modalities: Structural Therapy, Milan therapy, Strategic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Transgenerational Therapy. These forms of therapy seek to improve familial relationships and create a more stable, healthy life at home.

What is the first thing a therapist asks? ›

During the first session, your therapist may ask you: What are your symptoms? What brought you to therapy? What do you feel is wrong in your life?

What happens in the first therapy session? ›

Your first session will probably involve your therapist asking you a lot of questions about you, how you cope, and your symptoms (it's basically an interview). You may also chat about goals for therapy, expectations, and more.

What happens when you go to therapy for the first time? ›

During your first session, your therapist will ask questions to understand what you're struggling with and what brought you in to see them. You'll likely talk about some of your past (family history, traumatic experiences) and how your symptoms or feelings are manifesting today, and how long they have been showing up.

Which is better therapy or Counselling? ›

Broadly speaking, counseling tends to be focused on one specific issue and considered a short-term treatment. You may learn coping techniques and problem-solve the issue together. Psychotherapy tends to treat a broader range of issues and more complex problems. It can be a long-term treatment.

Is it better to see a psychologist or a counsellor? ›

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How do I know if I need therapy or counseling? ›

So, here are some signs that you should consider therapy…
  • Your eating and sleeping habits have changed. ...
  • You no longer enjoy the things that you used to. ...
  • Your emotions are turned up to 12! ...
  • Social situations are a no go. ...
  • Unhealthy habits are becoming problematic. ...
  • Your relationships aren't being nurtured.

What are the 5 functions of a counselor? ›

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  • Behavioral, Academic, Aptitude and College/Job Counseling.
  • Bridge Between Students, Administrators, Teachers and Parents.
  • Maintain Student Records.
  • Make Referrals to Outside Agencies.
  • Identify and Address Issues That Interfere With Education.

What are 5 responsibilities of a therapist? ›

Mental Health Therapist Responsibilities:
  • Diagnose and treat mental health disorders.
  • Facilitate sessions with individuals, groups, or families.
  • Refer clients to specialists if necessary.
  • Create a treatment plan based on each client's needs.
  • Monitor client progress during treatment.

What are the three types of therapist? ›

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What is another word for family therapy? ›

Family therapy is sometimes known as marriage and family therapy, couples and family therapy, and family counseling.

How long should therapy last? ›

The number of recommended sessions varies by condition and treatment type, however, the majority of psychotherapy clients report feeling better after 3 months; those with depression and anxiety experience significant improvement after short and longer time frames, 1-2 months & 3-4.

Is family counseling worth it? ›

They see dealing with the family as a whole as an effective way to help overcome problems and work through issues even though they may be affecting only one or two family members. While family counseling is not the answer for every problem, it has been very effective in dealing with several long-term, serious issues.

How long should family therapy last? ›

Family therapy doesn't have to take a long time. The average is about 12 sessions. How often you meet with a family therapist and how many sessions you'll need will depend on the specific issues you focus on in therapy.

How much does private counselling cost? ›

Fees for private counselling and psychotherapy range from £60 – £150. Our low cost counselling service is available if you are on benefits or a low income.

What type of counselling is required for family problems? ›

Family therapy is a specific form of therapy that focuses on solving communication issues in relationships. A family therapist will help resolve conflicts in the family by exploring the underlying causes and helping the family derive solutions for their issues.

Can you do family therapy alone? ›

Can I see a family therapist alone? You can see a family therapist as an individual. For many, it is helpful to have the family present in sessions to discuss together what's happening, but of course, this isn't always possible. Seeing a family therapist as an individual can still be very helpful.

What are the 5 stages of counseling? ›

The basic stages of counseling are: 1) Developing the client/clinician relationship; 2) Clarifying and assessing the presenting problem or situation; 3) Identifying and setting counseling or treatment goals; 4) Designing and implementing interventions; and 5) Planning, termination, and follow-up.

What are the four most widely used techniques in family therapy? ›

Family therapy techniques are ways to address family conflict by improving the communication and interaction of family members. There are numerous family therapy techniques, but four main models dominate the spectrum. This blog reviews the main therapy family techniques: structural, Bowenian, strategic and systematic.

What are the 7 stages of family? ›

The stages of the family life cycle are:
  • Independence.
  • Coupling or marriage.
  • Parenting: babies through adolescents.
  • Launching adult children.
  • Retirement or senior years.

What are the 6 stages of counseling? ›

This article explores what counseling is and is not, and the stages and steps involved in a successful outcome.
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What is the first session of family therapy like? ›

What to Expect for Your First Family Therapy Session. Family counselors will usually meet with the whole family during the first session. Together the family will have the opportunity to talk about the history of distress and each individual will have the opportunity to discuss his or her perspective on the problem.

What is the success rate of family therapy? ›

Over 98 percent of clients of marriage and family therapists report therapy services as good or excellent.

What are some of disadvantages with family therapy? ›

Once family therapy begins, it can be difficult to see family situations as you used to and your perceptions may be altered- can lead to negative feelings, especially if others within your family are not willing to follow through with therapy or are in denial of unhealthy family patterns.

What is the role of a family therapist? ›

They evaluate family roles and development, to understand how clients' families affect their mental health. They treat the clients' relationships, not just the clients themselves. They address issues, such as low self-esteem, stress, addiction, and substance abuse.

What are therapy clinics? ›

The quick answer is that a physical therapy clinic is an outpatient clinic in which injuries to muscles, nerves and joints are treated. At a professional physical therapy clinic you will be seen by a physical therapist. A physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation of your injured body part.

What disorders does family therapy treat? ›

Marriage and family therapists handle a wide array of serious clinical problems, which include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety, marital issues, individual psychological problems, and complications surrounding the parent-child relationship.

What are 4 types of therapy? ›

Approaches to psychotherapy fall into five broad categories:
  • Psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies. ...
  • Behavior therapy. ...
  • Cognitive therapy. ...
  • Humanistic therapy. ...
  • Integrative or holistic therapy.

What happens in a family therapy session? ›

During family therapy, you can: Examine your family's ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions in a productive manner. Explore family roles, rules and behavior patterns to identify issues that contribute to conflict — and ways to work through these issues.

What services counselling provides? ›

Counselling can help you cope with: a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder. an upsetting physical health condition, such as infertility. a difficult life event, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

What type of therapy is most used? ›

The most common type of therapy right now may be cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). As mentioned above, CBT explores the relationship between a person’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It often focuses on identifying negative thoughts and replacing them with healthier ones.

How long does family therapy last? ›

Family therapy doesn't have to take a long time. The average is about 12 sessions. How often you meet with a family therapist and how many sessions you'll need will depend on the specific issues you focus on in therapy.

What are 3 treatments for mental disorders? ›

Some of the most commonly used classes of prescription psychiatric medications include:
  • Antidepressants. Antidepressants are used to treat depression, anxiety and sometimes other conditions. ...
  • Anti-anxiety medications. ...
  • Mood-stabilizing medications. ...
  • Antipsychotic medications.
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