About Foundations Family Therapy

The Foundations Family Therapy Team

The Foundations Family Therapy Team

Foundations Family Therapy was founded in 2012 with the goal of impacting our clients and our community. At Foundations, we understand that the mind and body are connected, and therefore we practice from a holistic and systemic model of care. That means, we may suggest and collaborate with medical, chiropractic, massage, bodyworks (yoga, meditation) and spiritual/faith based resources, to name a few, in order to help our clients meet their goals. Our therapists are highly qualified with diverse experiences and specialties, and their primary goal is to help their clients feel comfortable with the therapeutic process and to ensure they are a good fit. This starts from the moment a client enters our waiting room.

We know that coming to therapy is not an easy step, but we want our clients to know that we care about them, we recognize the step they are taking and commend it, and we are committed to walking along side of them to help them achieve their goals. We believe, thats what truly makes Foundations different.


Therapy Models

Our therapists only use Empirically Supported and Evidence Based Therapy Models, that they have received training in. Click on each model for more information and for therapists that utilize this model.

Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the relationship among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; targets current problems and symptoms; and focuses on changing patterns of behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that lead to difficulties in functioning.

Steven Cline, MA, LMFT

EFT draws on attachment theory, which asserts that humans are hardwired for strong emotional bonds with others. According to EFT, couples have relationship problems when they’ve “experienced emotional disconnection with their partner at key moments, which then leads to struggles” with negative cycles of criticism and anger (among other emotions and reactions). Therefore, the aim of EFT is to help couples overcome these negative cycles, re-establish their connection, and strengthen their emotional bond.

Steven Cline, MA, LMFT

A structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories.

Steven Cline, MA, LMFT

The SFT approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need some (at times, considerable) help describing the details of their better life and that everyone who seeks help already possesses at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.

Sharon Sheppard, MA, LMFTA

A form of psychotherapy that seeks to help people identify their values and the skills and knowledge they have to live these values, so they can effectively confront whatever problems they face.

Sharon Sheppard, MA, LMFTA

An evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers.

Steven Cline, MA, LMFT

Sharon Sheppard, MA, LMFTA

A comprehensive marriage program designed specifically for today’s couples.

Steven Cline, MA, LMFT

We Have Experience In The Following Treatment Areas

Anxiety is not a random, unknown, or uncontrollable disease or illness that you develop, inherit, or contract. Anxiety results from a certain style of behavior. More specifically, we create the physiological, psychological, and emotional state of being anxious when we behave in an apprehensive manner, such as being worried, fretful, and/or concerned. Anxiety is a result of a behavior. Anxiety is not an “it,” disease, or illness.

Everyone experiences anxiety to some degree. And most people have panic attacks at some point in their lives. So anxiety is not bad. It’s just a physiological, psychological, and emotional outcome when we behave in an apprehensive manner.

Our experienced team Jamie Criswell, Steve Cline and Sharon Sheppard offer the essential help needed to those experiencing anxiety.

Depression is more than just feeling down, and for persons suffering with it, it can often feel impossible to overcome. Steve Cline and Sharon Sheppard both have experience working with adults and children dealing with symptoms of depression and strive to help their clients increase their ability to effectively manage those symptoms so they are no longer held back by them.
Child/Adolescent Trauma results from experiencing or witnessing abuse or violence. Some adolescents can experience damage to brain development as a result. Also, many will develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol in an attempt to cope.

Our team of professionals Steve Cline and Sharon Sheppard

Experiencing abuse or neglect as a child can have a significant impact on an adult’s quality of life. The impact can be felt across several areas, such as emotional health, physical health, mental health and personal relationships.

Steve Cline and Sharon Sheppard can help you get back the quality of life you deserve.

We understand relationships require work and face challenges of all kinds. Everyday stressors can strain and threaten the stability of any relationship. As long as each partner is willing to address the issue at hand and participate in developing a solution, most relationship problems are manageable, but when challenges are left unaddressed, tension mounts, poor habits develop, and the health and longevity of the relationship are in jeopardy.

Our experienced relationship therapists Jamie CriswellSteve Cline, and Sharon Sheppard can help build the foundation and longevity you deserve today.

Stress can be a reaction to a short-lived situation, such as being stuck in traffic. Or it can last a long time if you’re dealing with relationship problems, a spouse’s death or other serious situations. Stress becomes dangerous when it interferes with your ability to live a normal life over an extended period. You may feel tired, unable to concentrate or irritable. Stress can also damage your physical health.

Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming emotion for people, regardless of whether their sadness stems from the loss of a loved one or from a terminal diagnosis they or someone they love have received.

They might find themselves feeling numb and removed from daily life, unable to carry on with regular duties while saddled with their sense of loss.

Grief is the natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and a personal experience. Individual experiences of grief vary and are influenced by the nature of the loss. Some examples of loss include the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft or the loss of independence through disability.

Schedule an appointment with our experienced grief therapists Steve Cline or Sharon Sheppard today.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders. (easily distracted, loss of focus, disruptive) ADHD is a broad term, and the condition can vary from person to person. There are an estimated 6.4 million diagnosed children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This condition is sometimes called Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). This term is used to refer to someone who has trouble focusing but is not hyperactive – ADHD without the “H” (Hyperactivity)

Sharon Sheppard and Steve Cline are experienced in this area.

Impulsivity (or impulsiveness) is a multifactorial construct that involves a tendency to act on a whim, displaying behavior characterized by little or no forethought, reflection, or consideration of the consequences.

Steve Cline and Sharon Sheppard are experienced in this area. Schedule a meeting today!

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