Counseling is the opportunity to walk alongside people in their most difficult times

Christa Means is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  She received her Masters in Counseling from John Brown University in 2009 and has been working with families and couples since.  She has had years of experience in an agency setting, but maintained a private practice as well.  She has worked for John Brown University in their Graduate Counseling program and is an adjunct Professor for them.  She has extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, which is known as the leading model of therapy for couples.  She is passionate about working with couples and families and believes that they are the key to making lasting, generational changes.   Christa married her husband, Brian, in 1996 and they have lived in Fort Smith since 2002 with their  2 teenage sons, Hunter and Jackson.

My Philosophy

To me, counseling is the opportunity to walk alongside people in their most difficult times.  Each person, couple and family has their own unique story. It is an honor to share in their history and help them find a roadmap to change.

My goal is to help clients understand what has brought them to their difficult place and offer hope for a future that brings peace and joy.

Q) What is your hourly rate and do you accept insurance ?

A)  My rate varies depending on self-pay or insurance. Please contact the office for a more specific price.  I offer two reduced rate slots for those with financial difficulties.  I currently accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield. I am working on becoming a provider for other insurance companies. Please feel free to contact me and ask if I now accept yours.

Q) What is your counseling theory?

A) The model of therapy I use is Emotionally Focused Therapy or EFT.  EFT is a short-term, structured therapy. It generally consists of  8-20 sessions depending on the level of distress. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery in 10-12 sessions and 90% show significant improvement. It is a present-focused, non-blaming, humanistic, and client-centered model. It is currently the most empirically validated couples therapy of the past 25 years. It is also very effective when used with individuals and families.

Q) Do you offer faith-based counseling?

A) I do offer faith-based counseling for clients who prefer to incorporate their faith into the therapy session. However, I do not impress my views upon any client.

Q) How long do sessions last?

A) Each session generally lasts 50 minutes.

Q) What types of issues do you work with?

A) I work with a variety of issues including

  • Couples / Marital Counseling
  • Pre-engagement and Premarital Counseling
  • Family Therapy
  • Adolescent Therapy
  • Individual Growth
  • Grief Counseling
  • Sexuality / Sexual Issues
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Spirituality / Faith Issues
  • Trauma Counseling
  • Stress/Anger Management
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Women’s Issues
  • Work and Career Issues
  • Financial Issues
  • Parenting Support
  • Eating Disorders