Mike Ford, MMFT, LMFT
People who are distressed enough to seek help usually find themselves stuck in emotional and conflict patterns that produce more pain and isolation than peace and connection. The tendency, then, is to protectively retreat into self or to aggressively pursue what they need and desire. Both options generally produce more distress. Past approaches to teaching communication skills and conflict management have produced short-lived relief. Through a Process Experiential and Emotionally Focused Therapy approach I help individuals and couples to gain insight and reorganize their experiences in order to create new patterns of dealing with the challenges they face in relationships and life. Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy (EFCT) is the only couple’s therapy supported by decades of scientific research and proven to be successful in treating couple distress and strengthening a couple’s attachment bond.
After twenty four years of working with couples and families in a pastoral counseling role in Brazil, I decided to pursue a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and specific training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. Belief in an individual’s, couple’s, or family’s unique strengths and resources is core to my approach. Those strengths and resources along with a reconditioning of each partner’s emotional responses are employed in helping couples break out of their negative relational patterns and allow them to create positive and mutually satisfying solutions for the issues they encounter. The issues that lead couples to seek help include destructive conflict patterns, sexual and emotional infidelity, blended family struggles, the relational impact of addictions, increasing distance in the relationship, as well as the contemplation of divorce.
With individuals I work with a range of emotional issues such as anger, anxiety, depressive moods, and complicated grief. Related to these emotional issues the focus of therapy may lead to dealing with the impact of past trauma, self-esteem/self-image issues, the repercussions of loss, or the stress of life transitions.
I am a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. I earned the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. I also have degrees in Theology from Lubbock Christian University and Abilene Christian University. Having lived in Brazil for nearly three decades, I am bi-cultural and speak Portuguese fluently.
You can email me at: [email protected]
50 minute session - $75-$100 (paid at time of appointment).
Checks, cash, and credit cards accepted.
Accept Blue Cross Blue Shield, some Aetna, and receipt with insurance codes provided for clients to receive out of network reimbursement by accepting insurance companies.
In order to save you time, you may download the intake and consent forms, complete them at your convenience, and bring them with you to your initial session. Print the forms by clicking the following link: NHCC Intake Inventory
To learn more about the attachment bond and Emotionally Focused Therapy click on this link to visit my personal website - Hope for Troubled Relationships