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Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

Short Term, Evidence Based, Effective and Collaborative Family Counseling in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Both In-Person and Online Sessions Available

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Imagine finally finding professionals you can trust, people who are highly skilled and can help you and your family harness the power of emotion.

Imagine transforming your relationships and feeling inspired to grow as a human being while you share and create harmony around you.

At Wellness, we see wholeness in every human. We believe people are creative, resourceful and good and everyone deserves to feel safe, heard and understood.

We view connection not only as important but sacred and we’re proud to help people maintain emotional stability in a confusing and complex world.

We offer family counseling services, along with therapy for children, adolescents, teenagers and young adults. We recognize good communication, cooperation, trust, emotional safety and connection as essential ingredients of strong families and resourceful living.

While working with families, we focus on patterns of interactions rather than pathologizing one person who may be challenging, unmotivated or acting out.

Take a look at two of our therapists, Christina Bronte and Stephanie Davis. Both are uniquely qualified to work with young people. Stephanie uses therapeutic play to help children explore and express their emotions. She sees children age 3-12 and teens age 13-17. Christina, sees older teens and young people approaching adulthood.

For more information about young children and Play Therapy in Charlotte, NC click here.

Here are some common reasons to seek services:

  • Your child or adolescent:
    • has outbursts, is withdrawn or internalizes problems.
    • has difficulty transitioning from one activity to another.
    • has difficulty understanding the consequences of their actions.
    • gives up easily on challenging or tedious tasks.
    • finds it difficult to explore solutions to a problem.
    • is unable to manage their frustration.
    • experiences recurring stomachaches, headaches or feelings of worthlessness.
    • is chronically irritable or anxious.
    • struggles with academic pressures and they are either stuck in perfectionism or underachieving.
    • experiences anxiety or depressive symptoms due to the intensity of academic (and other) schedules, peer pressure and/or social media.
    • experienced a major trauma or change such as moving, a school change, illness, injury, natural disaster, loss of a sibling, friend or parent such that it has impacted your child and the entire family.
    • finds it difficult to adjust to new family dynamics such as the birth of a sibling, a return from college or even a grandparent moving in.

Counseling sessions help guide your child through new, emotional experiences. They also allow your child, adolescent, teen or young adult to:

  • Gain more confidence
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Explore feelings around safety and trust
  • Express themselves and share in new ways
  • Talk about what matters most and
  • Feel a new sense of safety and security in the family

If you choose to work with one of our therapists as a family, we’ll focus on four key steps together:

  • Explore Relational Blocks – What gets in the way?
  • Access Underlying Emotions – How does that happen and what patterns develop?
  • Clarify Intentions – What would you prefer to have happen and what might that look like?
  • Promote Openness – Explore and initiate more openness and intentional engagement.

It’s important to mention that Family Therapy is a highly specialized skill set, and we are trained, credentialed and ready to help make a difference. We also want to be transparent and let you know there are certain situations which may be beyond the scope of our practice and other specialized services are required. Those include but are not limited to eating disorders, ongoing / active addiction and potential self-harm. In such cases we will provide referrals and do what we can to help stabilize the family unit. For more information click here or call our Client Support team (704-319-5593).

At Wellness, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from; whether your family is traditional or non-traditional.

We know there is a connection between Love in each of us and Peace in the world.

It all starts in the human heart… and in the home.

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"Christina has been an instrumental piece of my therapy journey. Her ability to listen and reflect and then guide has taught me not only where my trauma comes from but how to manage those experiences and feelings to live a balanced life. I am very grateful for her counsel, and she has always advocated for me to help find the best path forward. She is willing to go the extra mile, and that is greatly appreciated. Her versatile approach to therapy has allowed me to approach my trauma in many different ways."