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  • Meredith Farnsworth, MFT, PhD, Individuals, Couples and Families, Athens & Telehealth, Ages 18+

    B.A., Psychology,   University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2014
    M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Lee University, 2017
    Ph.D.,  Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in                    Marriage and Family Therapy, 2022 

    While relationships can be rewarding and provide amazing experiences, they also can be difficult sometimes and need outside guidance in order to thrive. I am passionate about helping my couples slow down and connect. I work to help couples shift from negative interactional patterns to positive ones in their relationship.

    In the past, I have worked with couples preparing for marriage, navigating divorce, improving co-parenting, and working through life changes, such as taking on a new career or school path or moving to a new location. I also enjoy working with military couples and families and am knowledgeable about the unique challenges that service members, civilian partners, and their adolescents and young children face.

    My treatment philosphy is Emotion-Focused Therapy. The foundation of EFT is that safe and secure connection with others creates both healthy relationships and healthy individuals. When couples are able to create and maintain a secure connection, they often find that they are able to express their desires and needs to their partner and have a relationship where those desires and needs are met.

    I received my PhD in Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and my M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. I thoroughly enjoy working with couples and families, and working with them over the years sparked my interest in translating research so that research can inform policy work that can more effectively impact couples and families.

    When I’m not busy with work, you can find me playing with my dog, crocheting a new project (with some yarn that I definitely didn’t need, but bought anyway), or listening to live indie or rock music.