Family Therapy Center

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Help for individuals, couples, relationships and families. Discover the possibilities for change.

Services

Since 1979, therapists at the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech have provided low-cost, high quality marriage and family therapy and mental health services to individuals, couples, and families in the New River Valley and surrounding areas.  The Family Therapy Center is the clinical and research training facility for doctoral students in Virginia Tech’s marriage and family therapy program.

Please note that the Family Therapy Center is not an emergency service, hotline, or crisis center.  We cannot provide emergency support.  If you are in crisis or are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, such as uncontrollable feelings about hurting yourself or others, call 911, RAFT at (540) 961-8400, or go to your local hospital emergency room.

What is Marriage and Family Therapy?

We spend our lives in relationships.  Sometimes our relationships can be a source of support, but sometimes our relationships can be a source of stress.  Marriage and family therapy focuses on understanding people in the context of their relationships and using that information to improve the lives of individuals, couples, and families.  Research suggests that a number of mental health issues and relationship problems are effectively treated using marriage and family therapy.

FTC Therapy

Watch this video to learn more about marriage and family therapy and how it can help:

Services at the Family Therapy Center are provided without discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or on any other basis protected by law.

Frequently Asked Questions

What issues can you help with? 2018-09-15T21:28:11+00:00

Our therapists can help with a number of issues that impact individuals, couples, and families including loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, physical illness, grief, self-esteem, stress and coping, and substance abuse, among others.

As marriage and family therapists, we specialize in helping couples and families overcome difficulties in their relationships.  Some of the issues we help our clients with include divorce/separation, infidelity, pre-marital counseling, couple and marital enrichment, couple and family communication and conflict resolution, parenting and step-parenting, infertility, sexual difficulties, and work-family balance.

Who are your therapists? 2018-10-12T16:37:40+00:00

Therapists at the Family Therapy Center hold master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy or closely related fields such as counseling, psychology, or social work.  They are all in the process of completing their doctorates in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech.  To learn more about the therapists at the Family Therapy Center, and how they are supervised, click here.

Are your services confidential? 2018-09-15T21:29:05+00:00

Our services are fully confidential.  This means that our staff does not discuss or share clients’ identities or records with anyone except in cases of 1) child or dependent adult abuse/neglect, 2) immediate and specific threats of harm to self and others, 3) court orders, or 4) with the client’s written permission.  All competent adults who have been in therapy together must agree to any release of information before records can be released about any of them, with the exception of the circumstances mentioned above.

What do your services cost? 2018-10-12T16:43:51+00:00

Services at the Family Therapy Center are offered on a sliding fee scale, and no one is turned away for inability to pay.  For information about the cost of services at the Family Therapy Center, click here.

How do I make an appointment? 2018-10-12T16:45:36+00:00

You can request an appointment at the Family Therapy Center online or by phone.  Click here for more information about making an appointment.  We look forward to seeing you.

I’ve never been to therapy or counseling before. What should I expect for the first appointment? 2018-09-15T21:30:48+00:00

For your first appointment, you’ll need to come in early to complete some paperwork.  This paperwork helps your therapist learn more about you and your history, and the concerns that brought you to therapy.

Once your finish your paperwork, your therapist will go over several topics including what you can expect from therapy, your rights and obligations as a client, the fees for services, and your therapist’s obligations as a mental health professional.  This is also a good time to ask any questions you might have about your therapist and/or the services at the Family Therapy Center.  Once you have all of the information and your questions are answered, you will sign a therapy consent agreement, a payment agreement, and a form about our privacy policies.

After all of the paperwork is completed, you’ll have a chance to tell your therapist about your concerns and goals for therapy.  Your therapist will likely ask you questions about yourself, your history, and your therapy goals, in order to develop an idea of how best to assist you with your concerns.

Still have questions about what to expect from the first appointment or therapy in general?  Ask your therapist.  Your therapist will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Does the Family Therapy Center provide emergency or crisis services? 2018-09-15T21:31:16+00:00

The Family Therapy Center is not an emergency service, hotline, or crisis center.  We cannot provide emergency support.  If you are in crisis or are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, such as uncontrollable feelings about hurting yourself or others, call 911, RAFT at (540) 961-8400, or go to your local hospital emergency room.

Why can’t I email or text my therapist? 2018-09-15T21:31:39+00:00

While we recognize this may be an inconvenience, please understand that e-mail and text messages do not ensure the privacy of your communication with us. Because your privacy is extremely important to us, we ask that you communicate with your therapist by telephone or in-person.

Do you conduct research at the Family Therapy Center? 2018-10-02T02:49:47+00:00

While we occasionally conduct research with clients, you will never be placed in a research study without your written permission and informed consent, and we will not require you to take part in research as a condition of your treatment.

Virginia Tech is committed to protecting the rights of and ensuring the safety of human subjects participating in research conducted by faculty, staff and students of the University and for research in which Virginia Tech is engaged.  Virginia Tech’s Institutional Review Board for Research Involving Human Subjects reviews research studies, including any conducted at the Family Therapy Center, to make sure that rights and safety of research participants are protected.

If you have questions about research conducted at the Family Therapy Center, contact the Clinical Director, Dr. Jenene Case Pease, at 540-231-7201.

What should I do if I have a concern about the services I received at the Family Therapy Center? 2018-09-15T21:32:22+00:00

If you have a concern about the services you received at the Family Therapy Center, or any other questions about our services, contact the Clinical Director, Dr. Jenene Case Pease, at 540-231-7201.

Appointments

Please note that the Family Therapy Center is not an emergency service, hotline, or crisis center.  We cannot provide emergency support.  If you are in crisis or are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, such as uncontrollable feelings about hurting yourself or others, call 911, RAFT at (540) 961-8400, or go to your local hospital emergency room.

To make an appointment at the Family Therapy Center, call us at (540) 231-7201 or complete the online appointment request below.  If you submit an online appointment request or reach our voicemail, someone will respond to you within two business days.  Please note that we do not make appointments or communicate with clients via email.

Appointments are available from 8am to 7pm, Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays from 8am to 4pm.

To request an appointment, please enter your name, telephone number(s), and best times to reach you in the boxes below.


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8am to NoonNoon to 1pm1pm to 5pmAfter 5pm


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By clicking "Request An Appointment" I affirm that I have read and understood the Appointment Request Form Privacy Statement.

Fees

Therapy services provided through the Family Therapy Center are charged at a rate of $100 per 50-minute session.  Sessions scheduled for longer periods of times are charged on a pro-rated basis.  No one is turned away for inability to pay and a portion of the fees may be subsidized by the Family Therapy Center based on the client’s ability to pay.  The following sliding fee scale is used to determine the fees for services:

Annual Gross Family Income

Fee

$0  –  $6,999 $15
$7,000  – $10,999 $20
$11,000 – $14,999 $30
$15,000 – $19,999 $40
$20,000 – $29,999 $50
$30,000 – $39,999 $60
$40,000 – $49,999 $70
$50,000 – $59,999 $80
$60,000 – $69,999 $90
$70,000 – Above $100
Virginia Tech Students (Full-Time) $15
Virginia Tech Employees & Dependents $25

 

Fees may be paid via cash, check, credit card, or University Billing.  All fees are to be paid at the time of services.  We do not accept insurance.

Fees for Additional Services

Fees for services such as 1) reports for attorneys, social service agencies, or educational institutions, 2) subpoena responses, 3) court appearances, or 4) other services are charged at $100 per hour.

Please note that responding to a subpoena involves significant resources, including supervision time, consultation with University attorneys, time of the clinical faculty, and resources.  We must therefore charge any client or person whose counsel issues a subpoena to us $100.00 per hour for all time devoted to responding to it from the time the subpoena is served, regardless of whether the subpoena is later quashed or excused.  We ask all concerned to therefore think carefully before causing any subpoena to be served, since you will be billed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Contact Us

Phone:  540-231-7201
Fax:  540-231-7209

Address:  840 University City Blvd., Suite 1, Blacksburg, VA 24060

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday – Thursday, 8am to 8pm; Friday 8am to 5pm
  • The Family Therapy Center is closed when Virginia Tech is closed and for all legal holidays.

For weather-related closure information, please contact us.

Staff

The Family Therapy Center is the clinical and research training facility for doctoral students in Virginia Tech’s marriage and family therapy program.  All of the therapists at the Family Therapy Center are doctoral students in Virginia Tech’s marriage and family therapy program.

Therapists at the Family Therapy Center hold master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy or closely related fields such as counseling, psychology, or social work.  They have at least 500 hours of experience providing marriage and family therapy services and uphold the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct.  They follow the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics and all relevant laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Because the Family Therapy Center is a training facility, therapists are closely supervised by the program’s clinical faculty.  Our faculty supervisors have years of experience as therapists and supervisors of marriage and family therapy and several hold credentials as American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisors.

Administrative Team & Clinical Supervisors

Dr. Megan Dolbin-MacNab

Megan Dolbin-MacNab, PhD, LMFT

Director, Family Therapy Center
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
Virginia Board of Counseling Approved Supervisor

Dr. Jenene Case Pease

Jenene Case Pease, PhD, LMFT

Clinical Director, Family Therapy Center
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor
Virginia Board of Counseling Approved Supervisor

Dr. Erika Grafsky

Erika Grafsky, PhD

Clinical Supervisor
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor Candidate

Dr. Jody Russon

Jody Russon, PhD, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor
Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor Candidate
Certified Supervisor & Trainer, Attachment-Based Family Therapy

Dr. Megan Dolbin-MacNab

Christine Sokol

Office Manager and Program Support Technician
Department of Human Development and Family Science

Undergraduate Internships

Virginia Tech undergraduates who are interested in careers in marriage and family therapy (or related mental health professions) are eligible for undergraduate internships at the Family Therapy Center.  Interns assist with administrative and clerical tasks and observe therapy sessions under the supervision of Family Therapy Center staff.  Interns are also paired with a marriage and family therapy doctoral student mentor.

Our undergraduate interns have gone on to master’s and doctoral programs in marriage and family therapy, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.  Former interns report that their internship at the Family Therapy Center helped them determine whether they wanted to pursue a career as a mental health professional, and whether marriage and family therapy was the right field for them.  They also said that the knowledge and experience they gained during the internship gave them an advantage on their graduate school applications, and as they began their graduate training.

I felt that I had a ‘head start’ [for graduate school] in some ways, because I had been introduced to some theories and models by my mentors, had watched the process of case planning and therapy, and had learned about the epistemology of family therapy.

As I watched from the other room, it was an experience like no other. I mean, when else do you watch someone in their most intimate and vulnerable state? It taught me an array of things, such as gratitude, respect, and humility.

My mentor gave me extensive insight to what life would be like in graduate school. I was able to prepare myself before starting my program because of the advice my mentor shared with me. That was the best thing I could have ever asked for from my mentor.

Undergraduate internships are available at the Family Therapy Center during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  The internship meets the requirements for a 3-credit enrollment in HD 4964: Field Study.  For additional information about undergraduate internships at the Family Therapy Center and the application process, contact Dr. Jenene Case Pease.