The Couple and Family Therapy Clinic - NIU - School of Family, Consumer & Nutrition Sciences

The Couple and Family Therapy Clinic at NIU

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The Couple and Family Therapy Clinic at NIU is a training and research facility that is an integral component of the Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy Program (SMFT). We provide clinical services to individuals, couples, and families with a unique perspective of addressing the issues in a larger systemic context. We follow rigorous training standards as set forth by our accrediting organization. We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

The Couple and Family Therapy Clinic at NIU provides high-quality, affordable mental health services for people across the lifespan experiencing a wide range of difficulties. These challenges may take the form of conflicts or problems with a partner, spouse, children, parents, siblings, family members, friends, or roommates. In addition, challenges may manifest as everyday stress from responsibilities and decisions; child and adolescent behavioral problems; or more persistent difficulties such as physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, coping with addiction, and feelings of despair, loneliness, anxiety, fear, or thoughts of suicide. Working with individuals, couples, and families alike, the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic professionals are committed to empowering their clients to nurture strong relationships through addressing the issues identified by the client.

Diversity of our clients is respected and valued within marriage and family therapy. At the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic, therapists are trained to provide sensitive, appropriate and effective therapy that considers and values each person's culture, ethnic background, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender, sexual identity, age, and socioeconomic status, as well as issues of disability, mental or physical illness, or discrimination. Therapists acknowledge that they are not experts on the culture or identities of clients and encourage the use of therapy as a safe space for those discussions to occur.