Pain is a part of life. Relationships are hard. Difficult events leave you wondering how you are going to make it through. Finding a therapist who gets it can be overwhelming. We know your situation is complex and explaining it to a stranger can feel scary. The therapists at the Center for Family Transformation want to link arms with you in the struggle, give support and care for your unique situation and offer hope for the future.
Struggling alone is overwhelming. There are so many people in the world...so many that struggle the same way you do. You may feel alone, but really you aren’t. Research shows that group therapy can be among the most effective methods of treatment.
We are available for small and large group speaking and training opportunities at schools, churches and other places of business. Contact us for your next educational event, retreat or seminar.
What Professionals are Saying
“I am honored to support the Center for Family Transformation in the amazing work they do with adolescents, young adults and their families. Their stellar service and quality therapy are evidenced with the clients I refer, and they have my full endorsement as a leading center in the community. “
Tina Wehner, Executive Director
Living Well Counseling Associates
“My experience working with the Center for Family Transformation has been and continues to be very rewarding. It is refreshing to find a practice that cares as much about its clients as CFT does. The professionalism, commitment to education, caring and holistic support are unparalleled. I look forward to continued collaboration.”
Dr. Tiffany Brown-Bush MS, LPC, ND
“We highly recommend and support Center for Family Transformation. They have a passion for excellence, growth, and learning that is contagious not only with their clientele, but also with the colleagues they encounter. We look forward to continuing our working relationship.”
Kannapolis Counseling Group
(Maria Russell, LPCS – Samantha Sult, LPC –
Jodi Hinkson, LPCA – Clay Parker, LPC)
What the Community is Saying
“We support and believe in the work of the Center for Family Transformation. It is a blessing for us to refer others to, knowing that we can put our trust and confidence in like-minded individuals.”
John and Deralyn Steigerwald, Directors,
North Carolina Boys Academy (Teen Challenge Facility)
“This is not just a job for these therapists, but a personal calling to come alongside those who are struggling and give them skills and support to overcome the challenges they face. I ]wholeheartedly recommend the Center for Family Transformation to anyone who is looking for more than just a “band-aid” fix, and who really wants to come to a place of wholeness in their life.”
Erin Blackmore, Executive Director,
HopeMatch (Local Non-Profit), Wife and Mother of Two Adopted Children
“The therapists at the Center for Family Transformation have tremendous passion for helping individuals achieve and thrive at their fullest potential. They have a unique ability to meet their clients where they are and guide them through a process to get where they want to be. I highly recommend CFT to anyone looking to get more out of their life!”
Rebecca Moellendick, Active Community Member,
Professional Actress, Wife and Mother of Two
There are both advantages and drawbacks to out-of-pocket private payment and to using insurance and Medicaid. Obviously, the biggest drawback of out-of-pocket private pay is that it is an immediate out-of-pocket expense. However, there are several advantages to paying privately that may make the expense worthwhile.
Confidentiality and Privacy
Clients who pay out of pocket are guaranteed that the only people who know the details of therapy are themselves and their therapist. Aside from normal limits to confidentiality, therapy is completely confidential, without any third party being privy to information exchanged in session.
Service Without Hindrances, Pressure or Stigma
Most insurance providers require a mental health diagnosis in order for therapy to be covered. This means that many issues (such as marital problems, life stress, or personal growth) are often not covered by insurance.
Regarding Insurance…When clients pay out-of-pocket, there is no requirement of a mental health diagnosis for treatment, which means that anyone can seek treatment without concern. Private pay also carries the additional benefit of reducing pressure to diagnose individuals who simply need help coping with some areas of life, but who do not have a specific mental health diagnosis. Finally, treatment without the necessity of a mental health diagnosis means that the stigma of some diagnoses can often be avoided. It is important to understand that once a diagnosis becomes a part of your permanent medical record, it can potentially affect the consideration of future policies, such as: life insurance, short and long term disability or educational and other future life opportunities for young adults.
Freedom in Treatment
Private pay clients have complete control of the duration and style of their treatment. Modalities that are ethically viable, but not covered by insurance are open to private pay clients. Private pay clients are able to choose the focus of their therapy, the duration of therapy, and the frequency of therapy, and even the length of individual sessions.
Research shows that clients who have to pay something for their treatment have more positive outcomes that those who receive free treatment. Not only do you get what you pay for, but the fact that you are paying out of pocket provides extra motivation and incentive to make the most of therapy.
Therapy, especially when you are paying out-of-pocket, is always an additional expense, in more ways than one. There are travel expenses and the time commitment that it takes to make therapy effective. However, the rewards can greatly outweigh temporary monetary costs. How much is too much to pay for peace of mind, the renewal of a relationship, or finally finding freedom in an area of life that has previously seemed unattainable? $500? $1000? $5000? Some people would pay ten times that to experience the real progress and change that can happen in therapy. What is the change you are seeking worth to you?
Regarding Insurance…If you have further questions, do not hesitate to Contact Us!
Assessments in Therapy
- Prepare-Enrich Marriage Assessment
- Symbis Marriage Assessment
- Gottman Relationship Inventory
- SDI-Sexual Dependency Inventory
- PTSI-Post-Traumatic Stress Inventory
- MAWASI-Money and Work Adaptive Styles Index
- PSS-Partner Sexuality Survey
- SAST-Sexual Addiction Screening Test
- Sexual Anorexia Inventory
- Spiritual Gifts Inventory
- Sexual Addiction Risk Assessment (SARA)
- Internet Sex Screening Test (ISST)
- The “Betrayal Bond” Index Test (BBI)
- Dissociative Experience Scale (DES)
- Experiences in Close Relationships Scale (ECR)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Part 4 – Distress Tolerance is an Indispensable Tool for Difficult Times
Learning distress tolerance allows you to get through difficult times and events without making them worse. The skill offers researched based yet practical, easy-to-recall tools that will help you create a peaceful life. Distress tolerance allows you to take control of your emotions before they feel unmanageable.
In the mindfulness module of DBT, three states of mind are explored. When we respond to events and make everyday decisions, we operate out of one of three states of mind at any given point in time: Emotional Mind, Rational Mind, and Wise Mind. However, not all states of mind are created equal…
Emotions are not meant to control our existence. But too easily and too often, they do just that. When negative emotions take over our mindset, they can get in the way of experiencing joy. They can be time-consuming, exhausting, and completely overwhelming. Thankfully, there is hope, and it comes in the form of a set of skills anyone can learn. Read on.
This is part one of a six-part series based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a highly researched set of practical tools to help manage emotions and crises as well as replace old, ineffective behaviors with new, effective ones. One of the four modules of DBT is called mindfulness. It is a fundamental part of all the identified skills.
Welcome to the final installment in the Center for Family Transformation’s blog series on the Enneagram. Thus far, I wrote about the advantages in personality typing. Part 1 described what the Enneagram does. I noted it offers a mechanism for distancing yourself from...