Dedicated to helping people work through life’s unique challenges.

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Psychotherapy & Counseling Services in Philadelphia, PA

PhIIRST is a counseling, therapy and training center dedicated to helping people work through life’s unique challenges. We know how hard it can be at times and we are here to help.

You may seek therapy for the following reasons:

  • Emotional Distress
  • Personal Growth
  • Relationship & Communication
  • Sexual Issues

Philadelphia Institute for Individual Relational & Sex Therapy is a practice of highly trained and specialized therapists dedicated to helping people gain greater insight and create greater joy in their lives. We provide services for individuals, families and all types of relationships.

Our unique group practice brings together the skills of a variety of specialty trained therapist who function independently but are benefited by the strength of a group skill set. The psychotherapists at PhIIRST are a diverse group of both male and female psychotherapists specializing in individual, relational and sex therapy.

Successful therapy begins with the development of a trusting relationship between the therapist and client. Once a therapeutic relationship develops, the client and therapist discuss the client's issues or problems and how they affect the client’s current life. After gaining a better understanding of these issues, the therapist and client work together to identify behaviors the client can use to create changes in their life. The frequency of therapy depends on the needs of the client and is decided between client and therapist.

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Services Offered

Our Areas of Expertise:

  • Adoption
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • BDSM
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Children and Teens
  • Chronic Illness
  • Communication
  • Compulsive sexual behaviors
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Mediation
  • Diversity Issues and Intermarriage
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • EMDR
  • Financial Issues
  • Family Therapy
  • Gender Issues
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Issues
  • Grief
  • Infertility
  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy
  • Non-traditional relationships
  • Parenting
  • Paraphilias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Power
  • Polyamory
  • Pre-marital counseling
  • Relationship Skills
  • Remarriage/Blended Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual function
  • Sexuality
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Enrichment
  • Support Groups
  • Trauma
  • Transitional issues
  • Transgender Issues
  • Work and career concerns



High Quality Service

Always Professional

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Founder & Director, Chris F. Fariello, PhD, MA, LMFT

  • Philadelphia Institute for Individual and Relational Therapy
  • 255 S 17th St Ste 2200
  • Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • (267) 519-0241
  • Call us today!