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21 Oct

A Q&A About Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy

What is Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy? Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an approach to therapy that treats the psyche as a unique system of parts that influence each other and the external world. It was developed by Richard Schwartz, a family therapist who observed… Read More

7 Oct

Featured Therapist for October, Tessa Peoples

Every month, Council for Relationships features one of our staff therapists. This month’s Featured Therapist is Tessa Peoples, MFT. Learn more about her in the below interview! Why did you decide to become a therapist? I used to think that therapy was for people with problems… Read More

13 Sep

Insights on the Aftermath in Afghanistan

The last troops have left Afghanistan, but our work with the fallout from the longest war in U.S. history continues. At Council for Relationships (CFR) our therapists are continuing to see their veteran and veteran-connected family member clients. We know from our own clients and… Read More

2 Sep

Opening Our Eyes to Opportunities for Change

[caption id="attachment_58913" align="alignleft" width="300"] Colorful Legacy by Willis "Nomo" Humphrey & Keir Johnston. Photo by Steve Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia[/caption] Sitting in my office at 40th and Chestnut Streets, I often look east and admire the beautiful mural of a young Black man, titled… Read More

2 Sep

Featured Therapist for September, Madeline Hoch

Every month, Council for Relationships features one of our staff therapists. This month’s Featured Therapist is Madeline E. Hoch, MFT. Learn more about her in the below interview! What do you consider to be the goal of therapy? What do you help your clients work towards?  … Read More

12 Aug

Our Athletes Are Coming Home

On July 23, 2021, some of us watched the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The global pandemic pushed the start date back an entire year and forced an experience that was vastly different from all other prior games. Athletes spent years in… Read More

5 Aug

Featured Therapist for August, David MacFarlane

Every month, Council for Relationships features one of our staff therapists. This month’s Featured Therapist is David MacFarlane, MEd. Learn more about him in the below interview! What makes you unique as a therapist and as a person? I began my work life as a chemist (!) where I… Read More

15 Jul

Toxic Positivity: It’s Ok to Not Be Ok All of The Time

“Good vibes only.” “Never give up.” “Just keep smiling.” “Look on the bright side.” We’ve heard these phrases time and time again. In times of difficulty, we may be told to “stay positive” and to “count our blessings.” We may tell ourselves that, comparatively, “others… Read More

15 Jul

CFR Celebrates Disability Pride Month

July is Disability Pride Month. Disability doesn’t discriminate, so every social justice movement has a disability contingent, and the Disability Rights Movement is actually a synthesis of all the other civil rights movements. Every social justice movement needs to include representation of their Disabled members. For… Read More

1 Jul

Featured Therapist for July, Virginia Mittnacht

Every month, Council for Relationships features one of our staff therapists. This month’s Featured Therapist is Virginia Mittnacht, LSW. Learn more about her in the below interview! What makes you unique as a therapist and as a person? It sounds simple, but I genuinely love connecting with… Read More

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