Marriage and Family Therapy
The Family Therapy Clinic upholds a strong tradition of providing affordable, high quality therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families of Lubbock and surrounding communities. Our diverse team of faculty supervisors and graduate student therapists utilize effective, contemporary therapeutic techniques to address client needs and promote healthy relationships. As one of the few accredited Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) doctoral programs in the nation, we are also dedicated to actively contributing to the field of Family Therapy by conducting research that focuses on the concerns faced by today’s families. The Family Therapy Clinic is a place of hope and healing for life’s concerns. We look forward to working with you to achieve individual and relational health.
Nicole P. Springer, Ph.D., Clinic Director
What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy takes a holistic approach to addressing problems commonly experienced by individuals, couples, and families. A family therapist recognizes the network of relationships we belong to, and explores how patterns of interaction between people can either prolong or help resolve life’s problems. Family therapists work with individual clients, couples, entire families, or family sub-groups based on therapeutic goals. Family therapy can be described as contextual, proactive, relational, and specific (with attainable therapeutic goals). Family therapists are trained to manage a wide variety of individual and relational concerns. Beyond family and couple issues, marriage and family therapists can address depression, anxiety, relational dissatisfaction, sexual concerns, grief and loss, child-parent issues, and other sources of personal distress. For more information on the field of marriage and family therapy, please visit the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy web page at www.aamft.org.
The Texas Tech University Family Therapy Clinic strives to benefit the community through education, professional service, and research in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. As one of the few accredited MFT doctoral programs in the nation, we are dedicated to training competent, productive family therapy professionals while offering high-quality, affordable therapeutic services to those in need. Students and faculty members actively contribute to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy by conducting research that focuses on the concerns faced by today’s families.
Graduate Programs in Marriage and Family Therapy
To maintain the highest quality of education and training, the Texas Tech University Marriage and Family Therapy program admits a small, select group of students annually to pursue Master’s or Doctorate degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy. As part of the rigorous program requirements, students conduct therapy sessions in the Family Therapy Clinic under the guidance of faculty supervisors, who are practicing Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT’s) and recognized as Approved Supervisors by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). For more information about graduate training, please visit here.
The Family Therapy Clinic offers caring, confidential therapeutic services to address a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to):
- Sexual Concerns
- Grief and Loss
- School Problems
- Pre-Marital Counseling
- Relationship/Family Enrichment
- Relationship/Marriage Issue
- Child/Adult Trauma
- Parenting/Discipline Issues
- Family Violence
- Managing Family Transitions
- Single Parent Families
- And Many More...
For more information or to request an appointment, simply call the Family Therapy Clinic (806.742.3074). The Clinic Coordinator will ask for basic information about you and your concerns. Based on your needs, a therapist will then be assigned to work with you. In most cases, the 1st appointment will be scheduled the same week that you call. During our busier times, your 1st appointment will be within two weeks of your call.
Your first therapy appointment will last approximately 1 ½ hours, during which you will meet with your therapist and complete a survey that will help the therapist fully understand your concerns. During your session the therapist will discuss your problem with you and create a plan to help you. After the first appointment, therapy sessions are usually 50 minutes in length, and are scheduled for once a week depending on your needs and availability.
Because of our commitment to offer rigorous training and outstanding professional services, all therapy sessions are video taped using discrete, non-intrusive methods. At times, faculty supervisors and/or therapy teams may observe sessions from behind a one-way mirror to provide timely feedback to therapists and to ensure high-quality experiences for therapists and clients.
Your use of the Family Therapy Clinic and any information in your case record will be kept confidential. Confidentiality is regulated by ethical and federal guidelines. Without your formal written permission, no information whatsoever is shared with anyone outside of the clinic concerning the nature of your problem, unless required by law or a court order. When in the clinic, we ask that you respect the privacy and confidentiality of others who access our services.
Monday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Out of respect for our other clients and clinic staff, arriving more than 15 minutes late without notifying your therapist can result in your appointment being rescheduled for a later date. It is your responsibility to contact your therapist to reschedule another appointment if you wish to continue therapy. Session fees may be applied for late cancellations and repeated no-shows.
Fees for our therapy services are based on a sliding scale according to your annual household income, ranging from $10.00 to $70.00 per session. Our fee structure allows us to provide services to anyone in the community at an affordable price. Because of our sliding fee scale, we do not accept insurance at this time.
Therapy sessions are confidential, meaning that no one other than clinic personnel will have access to your records unless you provide written permission or disclosure is required by law or a court order.
The Family Therapy Clinic is located on the Texas Tech campus, in the Human Sciences building, on Akron between Broadway and 15th Street. The clinic waiting room is in room 165 on the ground floor, and it has its own entrancefrom the outside of the building. Parking is available in the visitor’s lot on the southeast corner of 15th Street and Akron Avenue for $1.20 an hour. The Family Therapy Clinic is located in the 3rd building North of the parking attendant (located at 15th and Akron). Click here for a map.
Services offered through the Family Therapy Clinic are provided by Master’s and Doctoral students enrolled in the TTU MFT graduate program. Our therapists receive extensive training and are well prepared to address your concerns. Faculty members with Doctoral degrees in MFT or Family Psychology supervise all cases.