Couple and Family Therapy Clinic

June 18, 2020 - The MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic remains closed for in-person appointments, however we are conducting telehealth appointments for existing clients. Please note the following:

  • We are accepting a limited number of new clients for telehealth services at this time
  • We are available to complete intakes for couples, families, and individuals via phone as follows:
    • Mondays, noon – 3 pm
    • Wednesdays, 9 am – noon, and
    • Thursdays, 4 pm – 7 pm

If you are interested in learning more about our services, please call during our phone intake times, or you can reach out to us via email at HDFS.CFTC@hdfs.msu.edu.

Welcome! The MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic serves clients from the Greater Lansing area. We provide services to individuals, couples, families, and groups on a sliding fee scale ($20-$80 per session, depending on family income and size), and services are provided by graduate students under the supervision of faculty in the MSU Couple and Family Therapy program. Supervisors are fully licensed clinicians and Approved Supervisors per the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy guidelines.

Marsha Carolan, Ph.D., Clinic Director
Debra Miller, LMSW, Co-Director

How do we approach therapy?

Our clinic is open to families and couples, but we also provide therapy services to individuals, children and teens, and groups. A better name for what we do is “relationship therapy.” Our therapists take a view that every client lives in a web of relationships. Some relationships are past, present and both. Relationships can be problematic; while others are anchors in a storm. These relationships have an impact on how the client thinks and acts and what he/she/they believe about the world. We can help our clients sort out these relationships and move on to better, richer lives.

Clinic Supervisors (AAMFT Approved)

Marsha Carolan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University and Clinic Director for the Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) training clinic. She has been licensed in the state of Michigan since 1995 and an Approved Supervisor since 1993. She has supervised in the CFT clinic for over 24 years and is passionate about exposing therapists in training to feminist and multicultural understandings of family systems ideas. She is also passionate about social justice issues for women and has helped to create and implement the Interpersonal Violence program in the CFT clinic. She has published in numerous journals, is a qualitative teacher and researcher, and has advised more than 40 qualitative dissertations. Dr. Carolan Photograph

Kendal Holtrop, PhD, Associate Professor. Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, AAMFT. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Expertise in parenting and parenting intervention research. Articles published in Family Process, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Prevention Science, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, among others. Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health and Michigan Health Endowment Fund. 

I enjoy helping students advance their clinical skills and am especially passionate about balancing a strong theoretical understanding of family therapy with knowledge of evidence-based practice. I have been an AAMFT Approved Supervisor since 2015. 

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Andrea Wittenborn, Ph.D., Associate Professor. Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, AAMFT. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Expertise in depression and couple relationships. Articles published in Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Psychological Medicine, Translational Behavioral Medicine, PLoS One, and others. Principle Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and intramural programs. Recipient of awards for research and mentoring, including the AAMFT Outstanding Research Publication Award.

I have been an AAMFT Approved Supervisor since 2008. I specialize in emotionally focused couple therapy, an evidence-based practice for relationship distress. I incorporate technology such as video feedback into supervision to improve learning outcomes. 

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Temple M. Odom, PhD, Assistant Professor.  Graduate Michigan State University Couple and Family Therapy program Spring 2007.  Clinical Fellow, Approved Supervisor.  Teaches Family & Child Policy and the Doctoral Supervision course.  Provides ongoing supervision in the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic.  Areas of clinical expertise - adoption, foster care, blended family issues, complex family issues, supervision. Temple Photograph
Adrian J. Blow, PhD, Professor.  Adrian is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He is a graduate of the family therapy program at Purdue University. He is trained in a number of evidenced based couple and family therapy models. He does research on trauma in couples and families. He has clinical expertise in a number of areas including eating disorders, couple therapy, family therapy, and infidelity in committed relationships, to name a few. Dr. Blow Photograph

How can we help?

Couple and Family Therapy begins with a recognition that individual, couple, and family problems do not exist in a vacuum. There are all kinds of stresses that result in or contribute to these problems. Couple and Family Therapy seeks to help find solutions to problems in the context of personal and relational strengths.  We are committed to helping our clients with a variety of problems.

We strive to maintain:

  • A safe environment that recognizes and honors different backgrounds, all kinds of families, and different life experiences.
  • Complete confidentiality in our records, within the limits of Michigan law.
  • A pleasant, supportive atmosphere throughout the Clinic.
  • The highest quality therapy services.

The Couple and Family Therapy Clinic does not discriminate or refuse services to anyone on the basis of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, physical disability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Will anyone know that we are coming to therapy?

All information provided by you during therapy sessions is legally confidential to persons or agencies outside of therapy. Such information can only be shared with your written permission. Information provided during therapy sessions will be available to the treatment team, including other therapists at the Clinic, Clinic assistants, and Clinical supervisors.

There are certain situations in which your therapist is legally bound to reveal information obtained during therapy to other persons or agencies without your permission. These situations are as follows:

  1. If your therapist believes that you are in imminent danger to yourself.
  2. If you threaten grave bodily harm or death to another person or directly endanger the life of another.
  3. If your therapist suspects abuse or neglect of any child or elderly individual.
  4. If your therapist is ordered to release information by a court of law.
  5. If you pose a threat to national security.

How do I make an appointment?

Therapy sessions are typically scheduled within a week or two of the initial phone call, depending on what type of service is requested. All inquiries are treated confidentially. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or learning more about the services, you can reach the clinic at 517-432-2272. All inquiries are treated confidentially.