Marriage & Family Therapy

Center For Family Services

The Center for Family Services, our on-site clinic, has two missions: education and service. To fulfill our first mission - education - we are dedicated to training top-notch marriage and family therapists. About 20 therapist interns a year receive training at the Center. Students who train at the center receive close supervision from faculty members and other well-qualified professionals from the community. A supervisor is always present when students see clients to assure clients get quality care and students get a quality educational experience. Our second mission - service - means providing low-cost, quality mental health services to Northern Virginia couples, families and individuals.

About our Services
Hours and Fees      Making an Appointment       Clinic Waiting List
Client Forms      Studies Recruiting Participants
About our Program     About our Facility
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About our Services


The Center for Family Services provides individual, couple, and family therapy for clients with a range of concerns. Children, adolescents, and adults are all treated at our facility. We currently offer Spanish speaking services on Mondays from 11am-2pm. We do not provide evaluations or psychiatric services.


Hours and Fees

    • The Clinic currently offers therapy sessions beginning on:

    Mondays: 11 AM - 2 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM
    Tuesday & Wednesday evenings: 5 PM - 8 PM
    Saturday mornings: 9 AM - 12 PM.

    • Center Office Administrative Hours:
      Monday through Friday, 10 AM - 3 PM. 
  • Therapy sessions must be arranged by appointment and are scheduled for the same time each week.
  • Fees are set on a sliding scale and are based on household income, household size, and ability to pay. Fees range from $15 to $65 per 50 minute session. CFS also has a family plan: if more than one family member needs services, these are provided at no additional cost per week. Our services are not reimbursable through insurance panels.

Making an Appointment

To set up an initial session, clients may call the Center office at 703-538-8470.

Clients will be asked to provide basic information to a trained intake worker. Clients are asked to complete our background form before their first sesison or arrive 15 minutes prior to their initial appointment to do so in the office. Additionally, clients are asked to plan on staying 30-45 minutes after their first session to complete clinical assessments. Clients are asked to update these assessments at several points throughout therapy as a way to help track client progress.

Clinic Waiting List

The Clinic typically has a waiting list for new clients. The family therapist intern assigned to work with the client will call to schedule the initial session. Should the client be unable to wait for an initial session, the clinic will provide referrals to other clinical services.

Currently, the clinic waiting list is: 4-6 weeks before an initial session.

Client Forms

If clients have access to a printer, we ask that they complete the Family Background Form before their first session by clicking on the link below. Forms must be brought to the first session in hard copy format. The Center for Family Services does not communicate or accept client forms by e-mail.

Family Background Form

Each adult (18+) being seen at the Center for Family Services should fill out a separate Family Background Form. All client information is kept secure and confidential.

Studies Currently Recruiting Participants

Right now, Marriage and Family Therapy Faculty are recruiting participants for a study involving couples. If you are seeking couple therapy, please consider participating in this study. More information, as well as eligibility and contact information, can by found here: Studies now Recruiting Participants

About our Program

Our therapy clinic is part of the Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy program which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Therapist interns work closely with a team of supervisors comprised of faculty and staff members and qualified professionals in the community. 

The Center for Family Services has provided services to the Northern Virginia community for more than 10 years and students trained at the Center are consistently in high demand for employment at local agencies.

About our Facility

The Center is located in the Northern Virginia Center which houses Virginia Tech's and the University of Virginia's off-campus programs. It is conveniently located across the street from the West Falls Church Metro station. Parking is available to guests of the center in the metered visitor lot. Our state-of-the-art facility has four therapy rooms equipped with one-way mirrors and video equipment for live supervision. We also have a group therapy room, as well as office space for student interns and support staff and a waiting room.

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Referral Sources

Our clients come from the Northern Virginia community and represent a variety of ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic groups. Each year, we provide about 2,500 hours of counseling to more than 200 individuals, couples, and families. The Center is particularly noted for work with families in which there has been domestic violence.

Clients are referred to us by school counselors, social service agencies, transitional housing programs, the court system, and private practitioners. We regularly send Clinic updates to a variety of referral sources two or three times per year. If you are an area provider and would like to be added to our mailing list, click the link below:

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