The MSU Couple and Family Therapy Clinic

Welcome to the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic. The Clinic serves clients from all over the Lansing area, as well as the MSU community. We are an Affiliated Agency of the Capital Area United Way. We provide services on a sliding fee scale ($10-$50 per session, depending on family income and size). Services are provided by graduate students under the supervision of faculty in the MSU Marriage and Family Therapy program. Supervisors are fully licensed clinicians and Approved Supervisors (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy).

The Clinic is conveniently located in East Lansing at the MSU Clinical Center on Service Road between Hagadorn and Farm Lane. Our offices are in Suite A-233. Our therapists can schedule appointments Monday-Thursday from 8 AM to 8 PM and Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.

 

 

How do we think about 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—family, couple, or individual—lives in a web of relationships. Some relationships are present, some are past, and some are both past and present.

Some of these relationships are problematic; some were 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.

How can we help?

Picture of Parent/Child PlayCouple 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 know that therapy has been shown to be helpful for many different problems. We are not physicians, but we are happy to work with physicians, knowing that medications and therapy together sometimes can be more effective than either alone.

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.
  • English and Spanish-speaking therapists.
  • A pleasant, supportive atmosphere throughout the Clinic.
  • The highest quality therapy services.

The Couple and Family Therapy Clinic and the MSU Marriage and Family Therapy program do 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 children.
  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?

To arrange an appointment, call (517) 432-2272. One of the Clinic Coordinators will be able to answer your questions, provide further information, and schedule an appointment for you with a therapist. Messages left on our answering machine are confidential and are returned promptly by the Clinic Coordinator.

Therapy sessions are typically scheduled within one week of the initial phone call. All inquiries are treated confidentially.