Stephen Fife, Ph.D.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Life Coach, Relationship Consultant
I'm an experienced therapist with a masters degree in psychology and a doctorate in marriage and family therapy. I provide counseling for individuals, couples, and families who are struggling with relationship challenges, anxiety, depression, stress, decision-making, and life adjustments.
I help couples with relationship enhancement, communication, conflict resolution, infidelity, intimacy, illness, and other life-changing events. I also assist parents, children, and families with relationship struggles, behavioral/emotional issues, divorce/remarriage, and blended/step families. Furthermore, I provide coaching on relationships, personal growth, and goal-setting.
In addition to seeing clients in Lubbock, Texas, I provide confidential online video therapy for clients in Nevada.
In addition to my private practice, I am a faculty member in the Couple, Marriage, and Family Therapy Program at Texas Tech University where I help train masters and doctoral students in family therapy and conduct research on couple and family relationships and therapy. In particular, my experience treating infidelity is supported by my research on the process of treatment and healing from infidelity. Research shows this is one of the most difficult relationship challenges to overcome, and my research sheds important light on how couples can recover from infidelity and create strong, satisfying relationships.
As a researcher, I also focus on how professional athletes maintain strong and successful marriages, despite the pressures and stresses that come with the profession. I've identified several key factors associated with successful couples who stay loyal to each other and keep their marriages vibrant and healthy. I provide relationship consulting to professional athletes and their spouses. Using the information gathered in my research, I am able to provide athletes with important principles that, if implemented, will help strengthen, fortify, and protect their relationships.
Additionally, I give group presentations and workshops on topics related to individual and relationship well-being, stress management, depression, marriage, dating, preparation for marriage, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, parenting, and solving interpersonal problems in the workplace. I've presented to professional organizations, business groups, religious groups, clergy, social groups, and youth groups.