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Strong Family Therapy Services

Strong Family Therapy Services is the Rochester community's entry point to the collective wisdom of the University of Rochester Institute for the Family. In more than 6,000 patient visits a year, individuals and families are able to assess their vulnerabilities, find their strengths, and learn how to live more fully in the context of their relationships.

Family Therapy Services treat individuals and families across the lifespan who are suffering from a wide variety of issues, including depression and anxiety, or other mental illness. They have additional expertise in the areas of:

  • Medical conditions - adjusting to life with new or chronic medical concerns
  • Parenting concerns
  • Divorce and custody conflicts
  • Family care-giving
  • Grief and loss
  • Partner violence

Family Therapy Services see people as a part of their families, friends, and other relationships and consider how these relational systems affect people’s overall health and well-being. Therapists use a biopsychosocial perspective, which accounts for the interplay of physical health status and social environment on a person's mental health and functioning. With consent, therapists regularly include whoever is most relevant in the situation of concern, including family members, physicians, school personnel, clergy, and other important persons in a patient's care. In addition, clinicians work closely with other specialty services within Strong Behavioral Health for concerns related to addictions or serious and persistent mental illness.

Meet the Director

Jessica Moore

Jessica Moore, Ph.D. 

Dr. Moore is a pediatric, family psychologist. Dr. Moore received her PhD in clinical psychology,  from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and completed her internship  and fellowships at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)  Dr. Moore joined the URMC faculty and Institute for the Family in 2015.

Mission of Service

Family Therapy Services has provided therapeutic and consultation services to individuals, couples, and families of diverse backgrounds for over a quarter of a century. We are committed to drawing upon family strengths to solve problems and, when appropriate, to collaborate with other professionals involved in care. To improve the functioning and well-being of individuals, couples, and families through assessment of strengths and vulnerabilities, and the treatment of people in the context of their relationships.