My name is Nissa Chadwick. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with an Emphasis in Religious Studies. Upon graduating I worked in child protection and became convinced that the difficulties that families had were primarily related to damaged attachment relationships. Sometimes these patterns of damage went back generations but there seemed too few means of healing these patterns.
After working in child protection for a couple of years I returned to school and obtained my Master’s Degree in Community Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Northern Colorado. I then began working as a Marriage and Family Therapist at a residential treatment center for children ages 4 to 12. My beliefs about the primacy of attachment in mental health, for better or worse, were further solidified. After a few years of working with kids and their families in residential treatment I had my daughter and left my position.
For the past ten years I have been teaching graduate level counseling and undergraduate psychology courses online which is what I have done since. I have taught at four Universities, three for most of the last ten years. I teach courses ranging from Diversity in Counseling, to Marriage and Family Therapy, to Life Span Development and many more. I have continually taught my students about the primacy of attachment and the necessity of helping families by helping marriages first and foremost.
My Catholic faith is an central to who I am. I believe in the Church’s teachings on marriage and that those teachings can be well integrated into Emotionally Focused Therapy. Because EFT is a secular therapy it can be used in its totality without any faith based components. So even if you are not a Catholic or Christian couple please do still come and see how EFT can help your marriage.
I am passionate about helping people save their marriages because marriage is the foundation of the family and the family is the foundation of society and culture. EFT is an effective, efficient way to help people not only survive marriage, but thrive in marriage.