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.
"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."
Christopher Doyle, LPC, CCTP 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. He is the author of The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide (2019) and The Meaning of Sex: A New Christian Ethos (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.
Christopher regularly speaks to audiences on faith and sexuality and travels extensively in his therapeutic work with families struggling with sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity. He has delivered presentations at the American Physicians and Surgeons Conference, American College of Pediatricians/Pro-Life OBGYN’s Conference, Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, North American Christians in Social Work Conference, Converge Pastors Conference, and Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.He has also 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), and The Sunday Sessions (Dickie Bruce Productions), a 2017 independent documentary on his work.
A widely-published author, Christopher's articles can be seen in Issues in Law & Medicine, Journal of Human Sexuality, as well as many print and online outlets, including Townhall, World Net Daily, and The Christian Post. He 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, Washington Post, World Magazine, Atlantic Magazine, National Catholic Register, and many more.
Christopher is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Board Approved Supervisor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He 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. Over the last thirteen years of clinical practice, he has either created or co-created several therapeutic retreats, including the Break-Free Your Inner Child healing retreat for men, Key to Your Child's Heart retreat for parents of LGBT-identified children, and the Healing the Family therapeutic family intensive program. When he's not facilitating retreats or working with families in intensive therapy, Christopher is a proud father to his five amazing children!
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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.
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.
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