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Therapeutic Modalities

Systems Theory

The systemic framework considers the interrelatedness of family history, current relationships, beliefs, and behaviors when looking at an individual. The systemic perspective takes into account how replicating interactional patterns provoke, sustain and reward behaviors, roles, and interpersonal dynamics. This theory plays a key role in how we work with couples.

The Gottman Method:

The research of John Gottman, Ph.D. (formerly of the University of Washington, now The Gottman Institute) is unparalleled in the field of couples therapy. His work provides us with a vast amount of very reliable data on what works and what doesn’t work in couples. According to Gottman, the couples that “work” are called “masters” and the couples that do not work are called ‘disasters”… At CCFH, we utilize the research of Gottman as well as other theorists to help couples “master” the art of being in relationship thus improving their marital friendship and increasing intimacy in the relationship.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Attachment

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) was developed by Dr. Susan Johnson from Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Johnson writes: “EFT focuses on creating and strengthening the emotional bond between partners by identifying and transforming the key moments that foster an adult loving relationship: being open, attuned, and responsive to each other.” A couple’s connection is about key emotional responses and emotional moments that define the relationship. Addressing the attachment patterns/wounds underlying the couples’ difficulties usually shift the relationship into a deeper, richer, more intimate experience for both partners.


Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with purpose and without judgment. It is also being aware of our own personal state (thoughts and feelings), and being open to experiencing the thoughts and feelings of others with respect to us. Mindfulness fosters compassion and empathy which nourishes relationships.

Family of Origin

The family environment we grow up in is our first social environment.  Consequently, it helps shape who we are, how we interact with and view the world. It determines how we get our needs met, and defines rules, roles, and boundaries for how we interact with others. Our family of origin (“FOO”) also strongly influences how we develop belief systems.  FOO therapy allows us to identify the belief structures we developed in childhood, how they influence our present life, and provides the opportunity to reevaluate them by making positive changes as an adult.

Imago Theory

Imago Theory comes primarily from the work of Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and posits that we unwittingly choose our partners based upon their familiarity to our childhood caregivers or likelihood of helping us with our unfinished work. Usually our mates are exquisitely “designed” to drive us to grow and change…or naught! Most couples present to therapy in the “naught” phase of their relationship. We help individuals within the couple identify their imagos and change their patterns of behavior accordingly.


Dr. Murray Bowen (Georgetown University) was one of the founding fathers of family therapy. He as well as the work of David Schnarch, Ph.D (Marriage & Family Health Center) are generally credited for the information we have on the topic of differentiation. They teach us that differentiation is about holding onto the “I” in the presence of a “we.” It is about finding a healthy place between fusion and distance. It is about managing and/or soothing anxiety in the face of conflict or differences; to the extent we are able to do this, we will be successful in relationship.


What Clients Say

I never imagined that seeking therapy could have such a positive impact on my life, but it has. My whole life is that much better. I knew it would be hard work, but you made it easier by knowing you would be there to provide support & guidance. My experience was enjoyable & I learned a great deal about myself. Loryann made it worth my effort and time. Plus she made it less daunting than I had imagined it would be. Her use of humor and her caring attitude made it easier for me to open up and actually work through issues. If I had to do it all again, I would in a heartbeat—but only with Loryann there to help with my journey. ~ MS

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