Our Unique Approach to Couples Therapy


At Marriage and Family Therapy Services, PLLC, our specialists are prepared to expertly manage the complexities that arise and influence one another in these relationship systems. We utilize proven Marriage and Family Therapy theories and techniques to assist clients in identifying and changing unhealthy communication and behavior patterns, while proactively handling the various inevitable shifts that occur in the other areas of the system.


Longer-Lasting Change

This kind of "Systemic" therapy has been demonstrated time and again to bring about a more long-lasting change than therapeutic approaches that do not address the entire relationship system.


Marriage and Family Therapy Services has a proven track record of happy couples and families, who have benefited from our valuable coaching/training and created the lives they have always wanted.


Read our client testimonials to see the difference "Systems-Based" Couples Therapy has made in their lives.

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832 2nd Ave. NW

Hickory, NC 28601

828-328-4673


In the Historic Oakwood neighborhood, adjacent to the Spa Athletic Club and across from the Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

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Our Team of Family Systems Therapists

Left to Right: Brenton Queen, Liza Shaw, and Victoria Mason

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Creatively inspiring transformation since 1999

Relationship Therapy: A Great Mystery to Some...

Relationships are complex and ever-changing entities. They are made up of more than just the sum of the individual people involved. Many factors influence relationships. We refer to this variety of factors as "relationship systems." Before embarking on the journey of change, it is important for a couple's therapist to understand how the components of these systems interact with and impact one another. Some examples of the components that make up these relationship systems include: 


  • individual points of view

  • each person's upbringing

  • social and cultural "norms"

  • family of origin dynamics

  • gender roles

  • work and financial pressures

  • past traumas and painful experiences

  • mental and physical wellbeing of each individual

  • spiritual and religious beliefs and practices

  • friends and extended family

  • life-stage transitions


One Area Impacts the Others


When couples come up against  life's inevitable conflicts, it is crucial that couples work with an expert who is skilled in the study of these relationship "systems," as change in one area of the system almost inevitably impacts some or all of the other areas.  Therapists working with a couple must understand this ahead of time and prepare clients to skillfully navigate these changes. Without this competency, therapists may perceive these normal fluctuations in the system as "problematic," and give up on the solutions the clients are seeking.


However, in the hands of a competent, systems-based therapist, clients can make positive changes in one area of their lives and have that success exponentially multiply across all areas of the couples' life.