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Pfeiffer Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy offers support for parents

Group sessions will address a variety of relevant, challenging issues in a confidential environment

parent_imagesParenting is not an easy job. Sometimes the best decision parents can make for their children is to find support for themselves. The Pfeiffer Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University will provide a supportive environment for parents to discuss a variety of challenging issues.

The Parenting Support Group will discuss the hopes, stressors and fears of parenting, the different parenting styles, how to effectively listen and communicate with your children, how to create boundaries and schedules and the joys and obstacles of discipline. The group will also provide an opportunity for parents to connect with one another.

Facilitated by Cynthia Seaforth and Cassi Goforth, therapy interns and second-year graduate students in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Pfeiffer University, the sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday nights for six consecutive weeks from Sept. 16 – Oct. 21. The group will meet at the Pfeiffer Institute, 4805 Park Rd., Suite 250. Cost per group meeting is $5 for individuals, per night; total $30 for the entire six sessions.

Goforth has extensive experience working with children from infancy to age 12. A therapist intern, focusing on adolescent behavioral health at Presbyterian Hospital, Goforth understands the importance of parenting and is passionate about helping families. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from UNC-Wilmington.

Seaforth, a parent and grandmother, has years of experience working with children and adolescents from ages 8 to 17. As a professional who works in the juvenile courts, Seaforth also volunteers to teach faith formation in a Christian program. With her vast experience and training, Seaforth has the desire to help other parents. She earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and organizational communication at Pfeiffer

In 2008, Pfeiffer University established the Pfeiffer Institute, an invaluable counseling clinic and community resource that provides support for individuals who need one-on-one confidential counseling or for couples, families and/or groups who may be seeking relationship tune-ups, marriage and family restoration. Help for a vast range of emotional, behavioral and personal challenges is available at a nominal fee per session or on a sliding scale for the underserved.

The Institute is located at 4805 Park Rd., Suite 250 (next door to McAlister's Deli), and is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. To register for the group or for more information about the Pfeiffer Institute, call (704) 945-7324 or visit

 Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship.


Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or

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