The Couple and Family Therapy Center

The Couple and Family Therapy Center (CFTC) offers confidential therapy services to families, couples, and individuals who are coping with life’s challenges. Some of the issues most frequently addressed at the Center include resolving relationship difficulties; exploring and affirming diverse gender experiences; easing communication struggles; moving beyond family violence or substance abuse; or transforming emotional distress such as anxiety or depression, grief, and loss. The Couple and Family Therapy Center serves diverse clients from across Central New York.

CFTC is located in Peck Hall with satellite sites in the community. The Peck Hall location provides a comfortable therapeutic atmosphere with rooms that offer flexible treatment options, such as talk therapy, play therapy and sand tray interventions. Therapists who begin their training at Peck Hall CFTC are a master or doctoral student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at Syracuse University who work closely under the supervision of licensed therapists. Advanced technology affords students excellent training oversight and ultimately improves the quality of service to clients. CFTC student therapists are trained to offer teletherapy to clients on a HIPAA compliant platform.

Transgender Affirmative Support Team:

The Center features the Transgender Affirmative Support Team (TAST), which provides a unique opportunity for students who want to gain specialized training and experience working with individuals, couples, and families with a transgender/gender-diverse-experience. In addition to their general caseload, TAST therapists help families become more attuned to each other as they navigate through the process of gender exploration and/or transition. This may include general therapy and/or providing letters of support for medical gender transition for adults and youth.

The CFTC offers affirmative therapy and does not offer conversion or reparative therapy, or any service that seeks to change one’s gender or sexual identity and acknowledges these experiences as harmful to clients.

Resettled Refugees:

The Couple and Family Therapy Center has ongoing relationships with several community agencies that serve resettled refugees. Partnerships include Peace Inc. Head Start where students provide clinical services and engage in research. Students can also take a course on Migration and Mental Health to learn more about working with this population. Opportunities for community-engaged research are also available.

The Q Center and ACR Health:

In collaboration with the Q Center at ACR Health, specialized MFT graduate students provide individual, couple, and family therapy at the Q Center. The Q Center provides services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning youth and their families in Central New York, Northern New York, and the Mohawk Valley. Through the Q Center and MFT collaboration, youth and their families have he ability to access affirming mental health services without costly insurance co-payments or traveling to an unfamiliar location.

Contact Us

The Couple and Family Therapy Center is located at 601 E. Genesee Street. Day and evening appointments are available Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 315-443-3023, or email

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Peck Hall
601 East Genesee St
Syracuse, NY 13202