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Couple and Family Institute of Tri-Cities, WA (CFIT) is currently in transition to the individual private practice of Dr. Carol Ann Conrad. Dr. Conrad offers individual and couple's therapy services and supervision for clinicians looking to earn certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples. Dr. Conrad also periodically offers therapeutic couple's workshops and intensives.
As part of the transition to private practice, Dr. Conrad has brought on an Executive Assistant, Megan Conrad Landen. Megan is currently earning her Master's in Social Work and is a certified facilitator in Building a Lasting Connection®, a research-based educational workshop on the principles of building and repairing attachment. (See Couple's Workshops)
Areas of Specialization
Dr. Conrad sees adults (21 and older) for individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Dr. Carol Ann Conrad, Psychologist Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor
For over two decades, Dr. Conrad has been dedicated to helping her clients find greater security and connection by using the most advanced, evidenced-based, therapeutic model available: emotionally focused therapy for couples, individuals and families. In addition to providing EFT therapy services, she founded and organized the non-profit Eastern Washington & North Idaho Emotionally Focused Therapy Community (EWNIEFT). EWNIEFT is dedicated to the training and professional development of EFT therapists. Dr. Conrad continues to offer supervision and training for clinicians seeking certification in emotionally focused therapy for individuals and couples. She is currently licensed in both Washington and Idaho and serves clients in both areas.
Philosophy & Techniques
All of Dr. Conrad's work is securely grounded and rooted in attachment by its originator, John Bowlby and the many more contemporary researchers that have contributed to the understanding and application of adult attachment and the new theory of love.
Standing on thousands of research studies completed in the last 75+ years, we know beyond doubt that attachment theory accurately and predictably describes adaptive and maladaptive human behavior. Attachment theory gives us an accurate understanding about relationships, what makes them work, what destroys them, and how to repair them.
We know the primary root cause of all emotional disorders that millions of people in every culture and every climb experience. We also know, because of the most cutting edge, empirically validated model (EFT) grounded in attachment theory, just how to treat it!
Dr. Conrad is an attachment therapist in every sense of the word, and through the lens of attachment she sees all human suffering as an artifact of either over or under regulation of emotions due to disconnection within and between self and others. As her client, you will work with her to discover what blocks you from having the security that is your birthright. She will help you have emotionally corrective experiences to get your needs met, heal fresh and old wounds, and change your view of self and others that keep you from feeling secure within. Her promise is that if you work with her, you will not walk alone in this process. She will be experientially accessible, responsive, and engaging as she forms an alliance and a team to help you achieve your goals and find lasting love and joy in your life.
I understand just how important it is to find the right therapist with the right model of treatment, particularly with couple’s therapy. Sometimes couple’s therapy without a specifically well-trained couple’s therapy can actually cause more problems and even divorce, according to Bill Doherty, a leading expert on couple’s therapy (see here to start). Years ago my own marriage was in serious trouble. After nearly 25 years and 12 different “traditional” couple’s therapists, we were ready to give up. Things were only getting worse, but my six children and family were so important to me I just couldn’t stop looking for the right therapist and treatment. We finally drove to Vancouver BC (seven hours one way) to find a certified EFT therapist. This therapist and therapy made a huge difference and helped us heal the wounds in our relationship so we could find each other again. Now almost 40 years later, we are connected, loving, and happily married, and our family of 8 has expanded to 31 and counting!
After the incredible experience of shifting from deep distress to resolution in my marriage, I found my calling and have dedicated my life to transforming relationships by bringing EFT to Tri-Cities.
After many years in private practice, I founded the Couple and Family Institute of Tri-Cities in 2014 in order to teach and supervise other therapists in this remarkable model and be part of spreading this acclaimed treatment to our little corner of the world. Now, as my children have all left home and I wish to be closer to my grandchildren, I am in the process of transitioning back to private practice and moving my office to Idaho. This move has afforded me the opportunity to welcome my oldest daughter, Megan Landen, as my executive assistant while she's completing her Master's degree. I've enjoyed watching and supporting Megan's development and growth as a wife, a mother, and now a clinician. We connect really well and enjoy working together and as a proud mother I'm excited to see all she'll accomplish moving forward in her life.
EFT is now considered the “gold standard” of couple’s therapy by the American Psychological Association because of its extensive empirical research and success rates. My goal is to bring healing to the world one relationship at a time.
Areas of Specialization
Megan specializes in keeping the trains running and teaching couples the nuts and bolts of how to build and keep their very own secure attachment in an instructional setting.
Website and Content Development
Social Media Marketing
Psychoeducational instruction on attachment
Megan Conrad Landen BS, BLCF Executive Assistant : Building a Lasting Connection® Facilitator
Brief Bio & Background
Megan is passionate about building and organizing healing places and processes for individuals, families, and communities. She was introduced to the concepts of Emotionally Focused Therapy and the research on adult attachment very young in her life. Attachment has been the overarching paradigm upon which she has based her personal and professional endeavors. She is thrilled to be in the role of executive assistant to Dr. Conrad's work. She loves to develop content, learn new technologies, create websites, and learn about marketing and managing organizations.
Megan received her BS in psychology from Brigham Young University in 2004. She completed her certification as a facilitator for the Building a Lasting Connection® program, developed by Dr. Debi Gilmore and Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, in 2019. She is currently a full-time graduate student at Northwest Nazarene University and expects to complete her Master's in Social Work in 2023. Her future goals are to offer therapeutic services and community organizational opportunities steeped in the attachment paradigm and attachment-based research.
As a young idealistic college student, my plan was to blaze a trail of social justice for the oppressed by completing a law degree and becoming a family judge. I was going to make sure anyone who hurt children and families would receive full punishment. Fortunately, my first semester offered me a major paradigm shift when I was given free rein to write a research paper on any topic of my choice. I immediately dove into the research on the intergenerational transfer of abuse and my eyes were opened. I saw clearly the impact of bigger systemic processes supporting and perpetuating the cycle of broken families and destroyed lives, ie, that of individual, couple, and family relationships. I decided that it would be more effective to offer preventative solutions, such as strengthening and healing individuals and families through therapeutic services, rather than punitive measures through the legal system.
A few years later, I completed my psychology degree and took a break from my formal educational pursuits to dig into the real life laboratory of building and securing my own marriage and family. After nearly 20 years of marriage and 5 children later, I have developed an intimate and nuanced understanding of the principles of attachment and connection building. Now that my family dynamics are shifting, I am thrilled to begin this new phase of my life as I complete my master's degree and position myself to offer all I have learned to others on the same journey.
Additionally, as Dr. Conrad's oldest daughter, I am beyond excited to work in a supportive role for her practice. I was completing my bachelor's degree and then starting my family while mom was completing her Master's degree and beginning her first private practice. It's been a pleasure to see her develop her career and expertise and to see first hand in our family the dramatic impact of the EFT model.
I've felt that mom's life mission of supporting couples and families to heal and build healthy attachments is my life mission as well. We've spent thousands of hours reading, discussing, applying, and planning ways to teach the principles of human connection to ourselves, our families, and our communities. It is my deepest desire to build and make available the resources that will empower and encourage all who desire to build safe, secure, and satisfying relationships with their loved ones.