Connecticut Division

Welcome to CTAMFT! 

We are the professional association that represents Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) in Connecticut. We work to promote the well-being of individuals, couples, families, and other systems through the advancement of the profession and practice of marriage and family therapy. CTAMFT is a division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is a 501-c-6 organization. 

Often thought of as marriage counseling, couple counseling or family counseling, marriage and family therapy works from a perspective that is unique in the mental health field. MFTs provide individual therapy, couple therapy and family therapy, within a wide range of settings. 

Families influence individuals and therefore may need to be part of treatment. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn't just the person, even if only a single person is interviewed. It is the set of relationships in which the person is imbedded. 

Marriage and family therapy is:

  • Brief
  • Solution-focused
  • Specific, with attainable therapeutic goals
  • Designed with the "end in mind"

Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and parent-child issues. 

Who are Marriage and Family Therapists?

Marriage and family therapists are licensed mental health practitioners educated with a master's or doctoral degree. They are trained with a minimum of two (2) years of supervised clinical experience. MFTs are family-focused psychotherapists and mental health generalists. While many are in private practice, MFTs can also be found in schools, government agencies, businesses, hospitals and other health care facilities (i.e. community mental health centers, residential treatment facilities), legal and correctional systems and county mental health departments. 

What is the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)?

Based in Alexandria, VA, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is the professional association for the field of Marriage and Family Therapy representing the interests of more than 24,000 MFTs throughout the United States and Canada. AAMFT develops standards for graduate education and training, clinical supervision, professional ethics and the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy. The Association leads the way to increasing understanding, research and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, and ensuring that the needs of the public are met by trained practitioners. 

For additional information on the marriage and family therapist profession or the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, please contact:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

112 South Alfred Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 838-9808


Connecticut Therapists Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

1224 Mill Street, Bldg. B, Suite 224

East Berlin, CT 06023

(860) 952-9638



Dear CTAMFT Community;


Happy Fall!  I hope this finds you and yours well and enjoying the start to the autumn season.

CTAMFT has been busy at work since our conference at the end of April; planning and strategizing on your behalf, and I wanted to give you some of the highlights that are important so that you too can stay “in the loop”.   Many of us here in CT gathered together at the national conference in Indianapolis, Indiana a few weeks ago to hear how AAMFT will move towards the future.  Below is an important summary. 



This academic year of 2016/2017 maybe one of the most pivotal years of our state organization and I want to keep you abreast of all possible changes and updates as we move into the fall. 

Most importantly, I want to let you know that we continue to focus on our state needs including our effort for advocacy, education and connection.  Our legislative committee continues to pursue the associate licensure, as well as our agenda to focus on getting MFT’s in the school system; both vital to increase our visibility, and to increase job possibilities for our membership.  Both agenda items as well as an overall monitoring of our licensure up at the capital has been a high priority of our Board of Directors.  At the helm is Maryann LaBella who has been supported by our MFT in school board representative Jessica Joseff.  Both women have worked on your behalf to make sure we are in the best possible legislative place to move our agenda’s forward and protect our license. 

Financially we are in a good place as a vibrant non-profit with the assistance of our newly in place Treasurer Paul Levatino.  We have a new administrative support person Greg Valuckas, who has jumped on board in August as our most recent administrative staff support.  Greg joins Julie Huber, who provides us with the e-classifieds. Both support the entire board in implementing our goals and our programing. 

Our new professional development committee, comprised of Kristen Cocchia and Alycia Toohey, is just getting started and I hope you can attend the first of their series of discussions this November at one of our MFT schools; Southern Connecticut State University, where they will be providing us a dynamic program about how MFT’s can service our Military Clients' needs.  Not only is this important but it is imperative we all have this information.

While there are many more ideas and programs in the works, I think it is most important that you are aware of some of the national changes that have been taking place and are going to take place in the next two years.  As you might recall, AAMFT took a vote July/August of 2015 which was a call to restructure the national organization from a divisional model to a special interest group national model.  While this did not pass by a small margin, it is still the direction the national Board of Directors and AAMFT’s director Tracy Todd feels our association must move towards.  This past summer, each president of each division had a phone meeting with a member of the national board of directors.  These calls, including the one that I had, outlined nationals plan to take another vote for restructuring, details that national would be considering, and giving me the opportunity to articulate what we in CT needed and what was important to us.   To summarize what I imparted; our primary needs include consistent advocacy to protect and improve licensure concerns, educational opportunities, leadership development opportunities and a need for in-person connection including mentoring and networking. 

During this important call, as well as time spent at the national AAMFT conference last month, we learned that AAMFT will be taking another vote in the summer of 2017 (July/August) to restructure the national organization to special interest groups including geographic groups.  If the vote passes our division, as all the other divisions, will have 3 options to consider by January of 2018.  Those options include:  dissolve, become a geographic special interest group (details will be provided in the months ahead) or become an independent group (keeping our own 501C6 status with obligations to national much like a franchise).  Keep in mind if you do not vote you will not have a voice in the outcome. 

AAMFT’s director Tracy Todd will be not coming to Connecticut in November as previously planned due to prior engagements. However, he has offered to attend our board meeting in January of 2017 which we will determine where it will be held in the coming weeks.  After that meeting I will post another update to give you anymore information that will be helpful to inform you about the specifics so that you might make a well informed decision as to how to vote next summer. 

Our board here in Connecticut is strong and involved.  We will help you and our community address these pending changes as best as we can while realizing that the future sometimes looks unfamiliar and uncertain.  As systemic therapists we know that change causes anxiety and discomfort, but that without change a system can get stuck and fail to be vibrant.  Keep the conversation going, reach out to us, to me and to national if you have questions, comments or thoughts.  Our board will be asking for your input in the coming months to help us create a vision for our future that makes sense to our community.  Be involved, stay tuned in the coming weeks, and please, do not hesitate to contact me for any reason! 

President CTAMFT - Dr Heather Ehinger


Leadership Development Committee


CTAMFT invites those interested in pursuing a leadership track in the field to consider attending to 2017 AAMFT Leadership Symposium. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to network with other AAMFT leaders as well as expand their own knowledge and skills in leadership throughout the field. AAMFT also offers a Leadership Certificate track as part of the symposium experience. Early registration ends January 9th, 2017. For additional information on the symposium and the leadership certificate, please visit the link below or attend one of the following informational sessions with Rebecca Ruitto, LMFT, Leadership Certificate 2016-2017 Cohort member:

Wednesday,  December 7th 9:30AM-10:30AM- Starbucks, Corbins Corner Shopping Center, 1449 New Britain Ave, West Hartford, CT 06110

Saturday, December 10th 11AM-12noon- Panera Bread- 2320 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825
Saturday, January 7th, 2pm-3pm- Dog Lane Cafe, 1 Dog Lane, Storrs, CT 06268

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Ruitto at REBECCALRUITTO@GMAIL.COM 



    Please feel free to attend one or all of the events listed in this calendar. If you have any events that you would like to add, please email me at and provide me with a description of event, location, date/time, and any other useful information pertaining to the event. 


    **Please note - Only events that are sanctioned by the Executive Board will be allowed on the calendar**










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    A Special Thanks to Everyone in Attendance

    "Great conference. Very busy but ultimately surrounded by great people!" - Dr. Heather Ehinger, President CTAMFT 





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  • AAMFT Restructure Vote Results Are In

    Dear Connecticut Membership,


    The results of AAMFT’s recent call for partial by-law changes that would include eliminating the state divisions are in.


    The vote DID NOT PASS.  This means the vote to eliminate the state divisions did not pass.  The result percentages per state were published, and in CT, we were very close to 50% in favor of keeping the CT division in tack; while 50% voted for elimination.  Many of the other states were either slightly or significantly in favor of the change, and a few states were strongly not opposition.  We do not have the number of voters per state, so we do not yet know what percentage of the membership voted.  We do know that AAMFT needed a 2/3 vote (66.6%) to pass and only received 61%. 


    What does this mean for us here in CT?  For now, it means that nothing changes in terms of how your dues are distributed, including day-to-day operations of the Connecticut division.  We do anticipate that AAMFT will have a backup plan, which we expect to hear more about at this year’s national conference in Austin September 3-6.  I am pleased to represent you, along with several of our Board members, as well as our Student Representative.  We will gather as much information as possible and share it with you after reviewing at our next Board meeting on September 11.


    Thank you to everyone who took the time to talk to all of us on the Board and who contributed to the rich discussions and provided feedback.  Thank you for taking the time to vote on this important topic. 


    Warm regards for a happy fall, and I will be in touch soon.



    Heather Ehinger

    President, CTAMFT

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