Department ofMarriage & Family Therapy

Welcome to PLU's Marriage & Family Therapy Couple & Therapy Center

PLU Marriage and Family Therapy East Campus Building, home of the MFT Department and the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic

We offer affordable, high-quality care to individuals, couples, and families, using the latest advances in the field.  Care at our center is based on a family-focused model of therapy, which means that we encourage family members or significant others to come together in therapy in order to gather as much information as possible about the difficulties you are facing.

Clinic Information

Clinic Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Therapy Hours:

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

For more information call: (253) 535-8782

Therapy Solutions for: Family, Parenting, Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Trauma, Communication, Anger Management, Sex and Sexuality, Grief and Loss, Drugs and Alcohol, and Couples/Marital Issues.

As couples and family therapists, we can best serve you when multiple people are involved, working together toward a solution.  As such, children of any age are welcome in sessions.  In addition, our therapists often work together in co-therapy teams to offer multiple perspectives and solutions for you and your loved ones.

All CFTC therapists are supervised by highly experienced, qualified supervisors, and are prepared to assist individuals, couples, and families with concerns.

Working with you, working for you

All therapists have bachelor's degrees and are pursuing advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy.  The faculty of PLU's Marriage and Family Therapy Program supervises the therapists and will often observe or watch videotapes of sessions to make suggestions.  All faculty are Washington State licensed MFT practitioners, with additional credentials as clinical supervisors.

Your right to privacy is important to us

We will protect your privacy by assigning a number to you and your family for use in our files.  Unless required to do so by law, we do not disclose that you are coming to the clinic or anything about your therapy to anyone without your prior written approval.

Financial costs to Clients

The CFTC sees clients on a fee-for-service basis.  We have an initial fee of $10 for the first 2-hour session.  Costs of additional visits are determined by a sliding scale based on your household's gross monthly income and the number of people in your household.

For example: If your monthly income before taxes is between $0 and $499 and there are 1 or 2 people in your family, our fee for services will be $14 per session after the first (intake) session.  If there are more than 2 people in your family the fee would be $12 per session.  For additional information on the fee schedule contact the clinic at (253) 535-8782.

Please note: The CFTC does not accept medical coupons or other forms of insurance.  We do accept cash or personal checks.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Call the clinic at (253) 535-8782, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  We will ask you for general information about you and your household.  Your therapist will then call you to set up your first appointment and to answer any questions you may have.  A therapist is usually able to see you within a week.  Therapists can meet you during the day or evening (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.).  With the exception of some in-home therapy, all appointments are at the CFTC in Pacific Lutheran University's East Campus Building (formerly the Parkland School) on the corner of Pacific Avenue and 121st Street South.


What is HIPAA, and how does it protect you?

The HIPAA was signed into law on August 21, 1996.  This law includes important new protections for millions of working Americans and their families who have preexisting medical conditions or might suffer discrimination in health coverage based on a factor that relates to an individual's health.  HIPAA's provisions amend Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as well as the Internal Revenue Code and the Public Health Service Act and place requirements on employer-sponsored group health plans, insurance companies and health maintenance organizations (HMOs).  HIPAA includes changes that: limit exclusions for preexisting conditions; prohibit discrimination against employees and dependents based on their health status; guarantee renewability and availability of health coverage to certain employers and individuals; and protect many workers who lose health coverage by providing better access to individual health insurance coverage.