History

For over 80 years, Council for Relationships has been a leader in the field with consistent growth and improvement. We will continue to grow and evolve based on the needs of the communities and people we serve.

Dr. Emily Hartshorne Mudd founded the organization in 1932, with the goal of helping couples build healthier relationships. Following World War II, the Navy became concerned with the problems sailors were experiencing after they returned home from the war, so the Veterans Administration established neuropsychiatric residencies with Council for Relationships and we became an integral part of their training. In 1952, we affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, where we introduced the country’s first course on family, marriage and sex counseling and provided courses and internships for medical students. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Council collaborated with the Masters and Kinsey research group, and developed a strong focus on sex therapy and research. During the 1980s and 1990s, the Council shifted its focus back to individual, couples and family therapy, while continuing affiliations with the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson University, Widener University and Temple University.

Today, with a diverse and expert staff in 11 offices, the Council serves the Greater Philadelphia community in a variety of ways, including counseling, education and outreach efforts that aim to bring hope and healing. Council for Relationships is one of only a few national programs accredited by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.