FAMILY THERAPY ASSOCIATES TEAM

At Family Therapy Associates we have a professional to meet your needs today and for your future.  Our professionals include clinicians for the individual, for your child and teen, couples therapists, and Family therapists.  We are ready to help you and the family members you love! Get to know us a little more by reading our bios featured below.

I have been curious about relationships from early on. With an undergraduate degree in psychology from Denison University in the early '80s, I had my family and then pursued my profession during my 40s, becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, graduating from Fairfield University. In my early 50s, I completed my education with a Doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision. Throughout my career, I remained loyal to the subject of how we “do” relationships and how we can heal them. I am armed not only with my education but with experience from my own life as a once wife, a proud mother of 3 and my own journey through divorce and re-partnering. I know first hand how challenging life can be, sometimes how scary and often how frustrating.

 

During the last 15 years, I have counseled thousands of couples, families, and individuals in their matters of the heart. I have a passion for improving the lives of my clients and their families, always seeking new ideas and methods for improving myself as a professional and a person. Professional membership in my industries organization such as The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), The American Counseling Association (ACA), The International Family Therapy Association (IFTA), National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) provides me with a wide breadth of opportunities for learning, leading and growing for the ultimate purpose of improving your outcomes.  

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This passion for self-improvement professionally has propelled me towards leadership of my industry.  I am an AAMFT approved supervisor, providing me opportunity to not only treat clients but teach others coming up behind me.  I have participated in my professional organization through leadership roles including my term as President of the Connecticut Division of AAMFT.  I have periodically been an adjunct professor at a local university. 

 

My latest projects include creating The MacLetchie Institute for training which provides supervision and educational opportunities for advanced clinical training of systemically minded professionals.  I am currently writing a book about relationships and divorce.  The impetus of my upcoming book Grounds for Divorce, A Wake-up Call came as a result of hearing countless stories of marriage and witnessing profound family trauma around divorce.  I live in Westport Connecticut with my partner and co-conspirator, Jim Cosby. Together we work, travel far and wide visiting our 7 children and promoting better connections as one means to bring more joy to the world.

As a Family Therapist, my treatment approach is informed by my understanding of individuals within the context of their interactions with others. While I am trained to work with individuals, couples and families, I specialize in working with children, teens and young adults, especially boys and young men, to resolve a wide variety of challenges, including emotional disturbances, hyper-activity and inattention, addiction, launching, school difficulties, and low self-esteem.

 

I also have extensive experience working with individuals and families in high-conflict situations, as well as those who are either going through, or have already gone through, the process of divorce. 

 

My approach to therapy is heart-centered, collaborative, solution-focused and oriented to the present moment. I am truly passionate about helping people to transcend the mind, and its projections of fear, and return to their natural state of knowing how to intuitively connect with others through the heart.

 

Together, we will find solutions to remove whatever blocks are keeping you from living through the heart and uncovering your true magnificence. I meet every one of my clients with a deep sense of care and give them my complete attention.

 

I trust in life and in the universe to bring to me those people who are ready for transformation, and know deeply that every human encounter is sacred and in the greatest and highest good of everyone involved. If my approach resonates with you, please feel free to contact me. It would be an honor to meet you. 

Elizabeth is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Working together with adults, adolescents and children, she finds adaptive solutions to personal challenges. She believes that psychotherapy can transform the quality of a person’s life. Elizabeth creates a supportive environment where individuals and families are free to examine unhealthy patterns of behavior, set goals, and move toward desired change.

 

Elizabeth specializes in the therapeutic mentoring of girls. The life of a teen girl is complex as they face issues of:

  •  Self-worth

  • Peer pressure

  • Bullying

  • Academic stress

  • Sexual orientation

  • Social media overload

 

These stressors can cause anxiety, depression, and emotional imbalance which affects the family as a whole. Elizabeth believes however that the teen years can also be a time of positive growth for both parents and children. She believes that successfully navigating these years sets the foundation for a thriving adult.

 

A therapist’s role is to bear witness to the story and collaborate to create meaning from past experiences. She encourages her clients to find untapped resilience and uses tools such as solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and narrative theories to increase emotional intelligence and develop coping skills to better handle their powerful emotions. Together with her clients, Elizabeth explores ways to foster healthy connections with peers, family and their communities. She is sure that when a young person’s talents are embraced, the avenues of possibility are endless.

 

Elizabeth and her husband Andrew have raised two daughters and live in Westport, CT. She also has a little bit of a jewelry obsession and is now finally taking classes to learn how to make it. She cannot get enough of travel and recently had the privilege of teaching at an all-girls boarding school in Tanzania.

Elizabeth is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples and families to help uncover personal strengths, unique wisdom and solutions that work for them.  

 

As a former school teacher, certified yoga and meditation instructor, and parent of three children, Elizabeth has extensive experience working with individuals and families.  She approaches therapy by providing a compassionate, non-judgmental space where clients are safe to explore areas where they feel burdened and stuck. Using Narrative, Structural and Emotionally Focused models of family systems therapy, Elizabeth works collaboratively with clients to increase awareness of patterns in relationships and create solutions that are uniquely tailored to suit them.  

 

“I believe in the importance of prioritizing emotional and mental health in life and relationships.  When you give yourself and your family this gift, you will discover that life will not go “back to normal”.  Instead, you will propel yourself into a new way of looking at things, in which the problem you are facing becomes a building block, an asset rather than a burden, and a piece of the puzzle in the wiser version of yourself that you are becoming.”

 

Elizabeth is experienced in working with couples and families dealing with anxiety, chronic illness, addiction, eating disorders, financial stress and grief.  Elizabeth is LGBTQ affirmative and works from a foundation of social justice and equality.  

For thirty years my therapy practice has been devoted to finding unique and creative solutions for the difficult challenges that life presents.

 

My background as a Dancer led me to extensive training in Body-Centered  Psychotherapy, Gestalt Therapy and later on Systemic Family Constellations. These experiences taught me how and where emotions get stored in the body and how to move through them to greater freedom. Now as a Marriage and Family Therapist, this ability to “Read the Body” with an understanding of where my clients are blocked both emotionally and physically has enhanced all the work I do. I help people embody the changes they want to make.

 

 Together we design a treatment plan that that works with your strengths and your specific way of learning, leading to confidence, clarity and authenticity. I also value humor and playfulness as an integral part of the therapeutic process.

 

I currently lead monthly workshops in Family Systemic Constellations, a Psychological / Spiritual process that heals the effects of trauma from past generations carried down to the present.
 

Issues I work with

Anxiety

Depression

Eating Disorders

Grief

Life Transitions

Personal Growth

Physical Pain and Illness

Phobias

PTSD

Relationship/Family

Trauma

Courtney believes your journey is just as important as your destination and will empower you to work within your authentic self to attain your goals.  She will listen to your story, working with you where you are and allow you the freedom to find knowledge and insight in the spaces between what you want, how you will get there, and whom you want to be once your goals are achieved. 

 

Through her inquisitive, gentle nature, Courtney will guide you towards understanding and verbalizing your needs and goals for therapy.  Whatever you are currently struggling with, Courtney’s empathic curiosity will provide you with a safe space to work through your thought process in non-pathologizing strength-based and creative ways.  

 

Courtney utilizes play therapy techniques, creative interventions, narrative approaches, and solution-focused thinking.  She creates collaborative, customized plans to help facilitate positive changes and realize opportunities for growth.

 

Courtney believes in continually  learning new skills, staying current with the latest evidence-based practices and exploring more of her interests while gaining experience through her clinical work. 

 

She is currently pursuing her Registered Play Therapist certification, while working toward the requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Connecticut.

 

In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading supernatural fiction, writing poetry, diamond painting, and spending time outside hiking and playing with her family.

EMILY REILLY

CLIENT CARE COORDINATOR

JIM COSBY

BUSINESS MANAGER