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About IHF and What We Believe

Institute for Healthy Families specializes in counseling solutions for individuals, couples, families, therapists, and ministry leaders. IHF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit therapeutic organization located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. As a Judeo-Christian organization, IHF believes that the family is the foundation for healthy individuals, relationships, communities, and places of worship. While IHF is non-sectarian, we believe that God reveals His truth in both the Bible and Creation and that we can use this wisdom to help facilitate healing. IHF believes that through this synthesis of science and faith, we can help our clients form and maintain healthy families that will be able to help their children become the best versions of themselves and fulfill God’s will for their lives.

Testimony

"The Institute for Healthy Families has been such a blessing for my son and for our entire family. We are so thankful to Chris and his staff for walking with us as we continue to discover how to be a healthier family."

Our Executive Director

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Christopher Doyle, MA, LPC, LCPC

Christopher Doyle is a licensed psychotherapist and the Executive Director of the Institute for Healthy Families, a non-profit Judeo-Christian therapeutic organization in the Washington, D.C. area. He is also the Founder and Clinical Director of Northern Virginia Christian Counseling, specializing in the integration of psychology and theology in counseling. In 2017, Christopher also joined the staff of Patrick Henry College, where he serves as a mental health counselor for their students

Christopher is the author of The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide (In Press, 2019), and The Meaning of Sex: A New Christian Ethos(Christian Faith Publishing, 2018). His first book, Benefits of Delaying Sexual Debut(now in its second edition) was featured at the National HIV Prevention Conference and International Abstinence Leaders Conference. He is also the author of the film and bullying prevention curriculum Acception. A sought-after public speaker, he has delivered presentations at the American Physicians and Surgeons Conference, American College of Pediatricians/Pro-Life OBGYN’s Joint Conference, North American Christians in Social Work Conference, Converge Pastors Conference, and Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.


Christopher regularly travels throughout the United States and Mexico, speaking to faith- based audiences on faith and sexuality and working with families struggling with sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity. As a national spokesperson on sexuality, Christopher has been featured in six documentaries, including Voices of the Silenced (Core Issues Trust), The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church (Blackstone Films), Inside Out (Adam Perez), andThe Sunday Sessions (Dickie Bruce Productions), a 2017 independent documentary on his work as a sexual identity psychotherapist.

A former associate editor for the peer-reviewed journal Adolescent & Family Health, Christopher frequently writes on sexual health and has been published in Issues in Law & Medicineand the Journal of Human Sexuality along with many print and online outlets, including Townhall, World Net Daily, The Christian Post, Barbwire, CNS News, and Lifezette. Christopher has been interviewed in hundreds of media outlets, and has been a guest on numerous radio and television shows, including The Dr. Oz. Show, Fox News Radio, National Pubic Radio, American Family Radio, and the Christian Broadcasting Network. His work has been featured in USA Today, CNN, Associated Press, ABC/Fusion, NBC News, AOL, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post, World Magazine, Atlantic Magazine, National Catholic Register, and many more.


A leader in the #TherapyEquality movement, Christopher is the Co-Founder of the National Task Force for Therapy Equality, and as an advocate for individuals, families, and communities struggling with sexual identity, he founded Voice of the Voiceless in 2013. In September 2014, his work in the #TherapyEquality campaign was featured in Focus on the Family’s Citizen Magazine. A licensed psychotherapist in Virginia and Maryland, Christopher is the creator of several experiential therapeutic retreats for individuals, parents, and families struggling with sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Christopher earned his master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Grove City College. He has been married to his wife, Sherry, for 12 years, and together they have five children. They make their home in Purcellville, Virginia.


Contact us today!

Call today to set up an appointment with Christopher:  (703) 367-0894

You can also fill out the form, below or email us at ihfinfo@instituteforhealthyfamilies.org

Therapists and Treatment

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Our therapists

Our licensed professional counselors use a treatment approach that focuses on:

  • Brain health through the Amen Clinics Method
  • Trauma healing therapy, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family healing and healthy parent-child attachment
  • Sexual risk avoidance for children and youth
  • Family counseling and relationship education
  • Sexual Identity Affirming Therapy

Treatment modalities

Our clinicians use evidence-based techniques ordered to helping clients reach their therapeutic goals. Our clinical orientation is primarily a wholistic approach that combines trauma-informed treatment with helping people understand attachment dynamics, healthy boundaries, communication strategies, and practical demonstrations of love.

Our healing retreats

Healing retreats are offered every June, September, and November. Our June retreat helps men understand how to heal and nurture their inner child. Our September and November retreats are for mothers or fathers who want to understand and heal their own childhood wounds. Please ask about how you can secure our executive director, Christopher Doyle, to facilitate a day-long or weekend retreat at your church or community center.

Our blog

Our blog is updated monthly and features themes may help you understand inner child healing, relational dynamics, and attachment wounds. Topics are written in a general way to contribute a better understanding of factors that contribute to personal struggles and how you may find hope and healing.

Resources

If you are seeking resources for yourself, your family, or your church community, our shop has products that can help you learn more about relational health and healing, prevention and avoidance of sexual risk, and other topics to help you on your road to healing. Click below to visit our shop!

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