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What makes CFAR special?

CFAR is the only non-profit agency in Philadelphia in which all of our therapists are trained specifically in Marriage and Family therapy. We work off the belief that the whole of a family is greater than the sum of its parts. We do not see one person in the family as the problem but instead view the person acting out as the symptom barrier, acting out as a result of what is going on within the family system. We believe that a change in one part of the family affects the entire family. We at CFAR are dedicated to our work as family therapists and include everyone in therapy that is willing to be involved including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, foster parents, etc to help support the family so that they are able to have more healthy interactions and alleviate symptoms of the individual with the presenting problem. CFAR also has art therapists who work in conjunction with the family therapists for those clients who have difficulty verbally expressing feelings.

Therapy Services

Individual therapy is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a therapist for a variety of reasons, ranging from dealing with depression and/or anxiety, previous trauma, major life challenges, personal growth or greater self-understanding.

Family therapy is a holistic approach to treatment in which therapists focus on strengths and identify patterns of behavior in a family system that perpetuate the problem.  Family therapists are extensively trained in working relationally with members of a family to process trauma or loss, domestic violence, divorce, behavioral issues, parental conflict, struggles with emotion regulation, school problems, etc. working to improve communication and resolve conflict.

Whether in an intimate relationship or a co-parenting relationship, couples therapy helps clients to recognize and resolve conflict helping to improve relationships through exploration of family of origin and relational patterns of behavior.

CFAR offers various educational and therapeutic groups.  The groups run for ten weeks and clients receive a certificate upon completion.  The following groups are offered at the center:

  • Parenting
  • Anger Management (Men, Women, Children (7 to 12) and Teens.
  • Empowerment

Utilized for both children and adults, art therapy is used as a means to process and express feelings in a safe environment through the use of art expression.

An art therapist uses art expression as a guide to facilitate empowering children or adults in the often complicated process of self-understanding.  It has been discovered that the modality of art as therapy enhances the expression of emotions (often highly charged) that lie underneath the surface of outward behavior.  These feelings, which children especially may have difficulty expressing verbally, can (through art) be safely expressed in a protected and accepting environment.

Art activity combined with spontaneous play, storytelling or role playing, has a positive effect, stimulating the imaginations of children.  This accounts for the following:

  • Improved capacity to think abstractly
  • Facilitation of problem-solving skills
  • Improvement in impulse control
  • Increased attention span
  • Decrease in anxiety
  • Increase in motivation

Children as young as three could benefit from utilizing play such as games, role-play and sand-tray work to express and process emotions in a non-threatening way.

Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy is an evidence-supported form of family therapy, designed to work with children who struggle with behavior and/or trauma.  The focus is to strengthen and support four family focused pillars while helping the family learn how to navigate away from negative patterns of behavior and interactions.

Family Counseling Specialists

The Center for Families and Relationships is a not for profit counseling center serving the needs of individuals, couples, families and children.


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