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Strong Family Therapy Services
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital
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 full 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 operate on the principle that the individuals who come to them for treatment are embedded in relational systems that affect their overall health and wellbeing. Therapists treat individuals and their family members from a biopsychosocial perspective, which accounts for the interplay of physical health status and relational 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, Ph.D.
Dr. Moore is a pediatric, family psychologist. Dr. Moore received her PhD in clinical psychology, with a focus on children and adolescents, from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2012, and completed internship on the Child and Adolescent Track at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Moore has dual appointments in the departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics. Dr. Moore has extensive experience working with youth and families around issues such as chronic illness, developmental and behavioral needs, parenting, and advocacy.
Mission of Service
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.
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. Clients are typically seen by only one therapist but have the opportunity to be seen by a interdisciplinary team. Our service is staffed by multidisciplinary health care professionals including family therapists, psychologists, social workers, physicians and nurses.
We help individuals couples and families with concerns across the lifespan from young children through older adults. We help our clients to resolve or manage depression, anxiety, child behavior problems, family conflict, grief and loss, and cope with chronic illness or health concerns. We work closely with other specialty services within Strong Behavioral Health for concerns related to addictions or serious mental illness.