As a staff clinician with Cigna Behavioral Health, I primarily saw couples and families. Through this work, I was able to observe the intensely positive impact therapy had on my clients’ lives. Over and over, my desire to work with others to enhance their closeness to their loved ones was reinforced. Families and couples with a real, trusting, emotional connection are more satisfied with all parts of their lives. In 1990, I opened my private practice, working with individuals, couples, and families struggling to find deep connections in their relationships with themselves and others. Years of experience have shown that the support of others is one of the most important factors of happiness. Dealing with all the things life throws your way is a lot easier when you don’t have to take on everything alone.
While I have experience with many common methods of therapy, my current approach, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), involves getting to the emotional roots of the issues my clients experience. As my interests grew in the field of relationship counseling, EFT became the model that made the most sense to me. EFT helps distressed individuals, couples, and families reclaim their emotions so they can be more emotionally responsive and can build more secure and supportive ways of interacting with others.

I have advanced training in EFT, which is a highly researched and validated method of therapy. My training as an EFT therapist involves continual review from my peers. The feedback and critiques I receive allow me and my clients to know that my skills are the best they can be. This helps me feel confident and effective as a clinician.

Dedication to helping individuals, couples, and families change destructive patterns of behavior is the core of my therapeutic work. I will help you become more open to feeling and accepting the importance of the emotional attachments in your life. Together, we will work to make the changes necessary to help you live the happy, fulfilling life you deserve.

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I’m Stuart Fensterheim, I work with couples having difficulty feeling close and connected to one another. I assist them in finding ways to deepen their relationship by understanding and sharing what each person needs in the relationship. I help couples feel secure knowing that they will work together providing that for one another.

From an early age, I knew I wanted to help others overcome the immense struggles that so often stand in the way of happiness. Many of us engage in patterns of behavior that obstruct our sense of validation, which can create difficulties when it comes to connecting with others. A lack of strong connections can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, loss, and fear. I believe that we all deserve to live comfortable, happy lives, as free as possible from these obstructions.

To realize my hope to help others, I received my master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland in 1985, where I specialized in individual and family counseling. I have over 30 years of experience working with couples programs. I am licensed as a social worker through the Arizona State Board of Behavioral Health. Throughout the years, I have worked in many acute care settings as a medical social worker, a trauma social worker, and a director of social services. I also have experience as an outpatient therapist at various mental health clinics and I am a contributor to the Huffington Post. I believe that family is the number one priority in life.





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