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Daybreak University Couples and Family Therapy Center

One Relationship at a Time

Daybreak University Couples and Family Therapy Center (DBU-CFTC) provides professional therapy to couples, families, individuals, and children. The DBU-CFTC specializes in treating and supporting people living in multicultural communities, helping to navigate through their psychological problems, marital conflict, family relationships, parenting, and various challenges. The DBU-CFTC is also the clinical training facility for MA and PhD students in Couples and Family Therapy program at Daybreak University. DBU-CFTC provides clinical training including ethical and responsible conduct during students’ practicum.


Executive Director of DBU-CFTC

Jin Kim, Ph.D., LMFT

Academic Dean of Southern California School of Couples and Family Therapy & Director of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Daybreak University

Executive Director, Clinical Supervisor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Research Faculty, International Institute for Couples and Family and Relationships (IICFR)

Former Assistant Professor and Coordinator of MFT Program, Kean University in New Jersey

Former Core Faculty of Couples and Family Therapy Program and Associate Clinical Director of Couples and Family Counseling Center, University of Oregon

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow

Reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT)

Certified Imago Relationship Therapist at Imago International Training Institute (IITI)


Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University

M.S. in Child Development and Family Studies, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University Calumet

B.A. in Psychology, SUNY Buffalo

- Email: CFTC@daybreak.edu

Clinical Director of DBU-CFTC

Monica Lee, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Clincial Professor of Southern California School of Couples and Family Therapy, Daybreak University

Licensed Professional Counselor & Approved Supervisor

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Certified Imago Relationship Therapist & Faculty Candidate at Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor Candidate

Clinical Supervisor and Research Faculty, International Institute for Couples and Family and Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. in Counseling, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Daybreak University

M.S. in Clinical Professional Counseling, Loyola University, Maryland

M.Ed. in Educational Psychology, George Mason University

- Email: CFTC@daybreak.edu

Supervisors and Therapists of DBU-CFTC

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. are partners in life and work, and Co-Chancellors and Distinguished Professors of Imago Relationship Therapy at Daybreak University. Harville is also the co-founder of Imago Relationships International (IRI) with Helen and Chancellor of the Imago International Training Institute (IITI). He is a New York Times bestselling author of the popularly acclaimed books: Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples, Keeping the Love You Find: A Guide for Singles, Giving the Love That Heals: A Guide for Parents, and Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved. He is an international speaker, and couple therapist with more than 40 years' experience as an educator, clinical trainer and lecturer who has appeared on Oprah's television program 17 times. A former professor at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Hendrix holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Religion from the University of Chicago. He is a Diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and a clinical member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the International Transactional Analysis Association.

- Counseling Request: harvilleandhelen.com

Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.

Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D., is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and noted philanthropist. Her partnership with Dr. Harville Hendrix has led to the creation of 10 books on relationships and the widespread effectiveness of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT). She holds Ph.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary (NY). Dr. Hunt has been active within the women’s movement for the past eighteen years. She is founder and president of The Sister Fund, a private women’s fund dedicated to the social, political, economic, and spiritual empowerment of women and girls. Helen has helped to create a number of other women’s funding institutions, including the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the Women’s Funding Network. Helen has served on the Boards of Directors of the Ms. Foundation for Women, Women and Foundations, and the New York City Women’s Agenda. In 2004, shortly after completing a Doctoral degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York, she wrote Faith and Feminism: A Holy Alliance. For her distinguished contributions to the women’s movement, Helen has received many awards including the LEAD Award, Gloria Steinem’s Women of Vision Award, and has been inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

- Counseling Request: harvilleandhelen.com

Jay Oh, Ph.D.

Jay Oh, Ph.D. is the President and Professor of MFT and Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) of Daybreak University. He graduated from Queen’s University in Canada, andholds masters and doctorate degrees in Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Harvard University and the University of Toronto. He also received a Ph.D. in Counseling from the University of New England. Dr. Oh has completed the COAMFTE accredited Post-Graduate MFT Program at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia (formerly Penn Marriage Council). He also completed the approved supervisor training at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the internship specialized in PTSD at the Rogers Memorial Hospital in Bedford, MA. He is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, and an Imago Clinical Instructor and Faculty at Imago International Training Institute (IITI). He was a former Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Soongsil University and Baekseok University in South Korea. He was the Director of Soongsil University Student Counseling Center, Director of the Institute for Couples and Family Counseling (ICFC), and a Chief Editor of the Journal of Family and Counseling (JFC). He also taught as a Visiting Scholar of Couples and Family Therapy at University of Oregon as well as a Visiting Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Kean University in New Jersey. He is a founder of the Korean Association of Family Counseling (KAFC), which has a national network of 60 counseling centers with 6,000 members of professional counselors and therapists. Dr. Oh is a frequent guest on television such as KBS and EBS where he has made an effort to make counseling known to the public by offering live counseling and special lectures. His book, I Love Myself the Way I Am became a national best seller in South Korea. His publication was also selected as the outstanding scholar work by both the National Academy of Sciences as well as Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in South Korea. He also received the Best Teacher’s Award, the Best Lecturer’s Award four times at Soongsil University and the Best Research Award and the Best Supervisor Award by the National Council of Graduate School of Counseling and Psychotherapy (NCGSCP). Dr. Oh’s article was nominated as the best article by JMFT and he received the International Development Award and Helen LaKelly Hunt Award for Community Building by Imago Relationships International (IRI).

- Email: jayoh@daybreak.edu

- Facebook: facebook.com/daybreakcalifornia/

- Counseling Request: CFTC@daybreak.edu

Kenneth Silvestri, Ed.D., LMFT

Clinical Director and Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Daybreak University

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow

Clinical Supervisor of MFT and Research Faculty, International Institute for Couples and Family and Relationships (IICFR)

Former President of New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


Ed.D. in Family and Community Studies, Columbia University

MAT. in Social Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University

B.A. in History and Philosophy, Bloomfield College

- Counseling Request: www.dekennethsilvestri.com

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., LPC

Director of M.A. & Ph.D. Specialization in Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy, Daybreak University

Board Certified Sexologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)

Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Organizational Provider

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Couple Workshop Presenter, and Advanced Clinicianby Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

Clinical Supervisor of Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy, International Institute for Couples and Family and Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. in Sexology, American Academy of Clinical Sexology

M.S. in Art Therapy, College of New Rochelle

B.A. in Social Sciences/Psychology, University of Bridgeport

- Counseling Request: drtammynelson.com/isti

Lorna Hecker, Ph.D., LMFT

Distinguished Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Daybreak University

Emerita of Marriage and Family Therapy Program (MFT), Purdue University Northwest

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow

Reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Clinical Supervisor of Marriage and Family Therapyat International Institute for Couples and Family and Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University

MS. in Counselor Education, Western Illinois University

B.S. in Psychology, Western Illinois University

- Counseling Request: heckercounseling.com

Anne Prouty, Ph.D., LMFT

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program (MFT) at Seattle Pacific University

Former Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Texas Tech University

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor

Reviewer of Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT)

Clinical Supervisor of MFT and Research Faculty, International Institute for Couples and Family and Relationships (IICFR)


M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University

Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University

Deanna Linville, Ph.D., LMFT

Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Daybreak University

Research Associate Professor, University of Oregon's Center for Equity Promotion

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor and Clinical Fellow

Clinical Supervisor of MFT and Research Faculty, International Institute for Couples and Family and Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. in Human Development, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech University

M.S. in Human Development, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech University (Northern Virginia Center)

B.S. in Family and Child Development/Psychology (Dual Major), Virginia Tech University

Maya Kollman, Ph.D. Cand.

Clinical Professor of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Daybreak University

Master Trainer and Faculty of Imago Relationship Therapy, Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

Clinical Supervisor of IRT, International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. Cand. Specialized in Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Daybreak University

- Counseling Request: mayakollman.com

Wendy Patterson, Ph.D. Cand., LCSW

Clinical Professor of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Daybreak University

Senior Clinical Instructor and Faculty of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

Clinical Supervisor of IRT, International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. Cand., Specialization in Imago Relationship Therapy, Daybreak University

- Counseling Request: relationshipcoatching.net

Rebecca Sears, Ph.D. Cand., LPC

Clinical Professor of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Daybreak University

Senior Clinical Instructor and Faculty of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

Clinical Supervisor of IRT, International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. Cand., Specialization in Imago Relationship Therapy, Daybreak University

- Counseling Request: rebeccasears.com

Kobus Van der Merwe, Ph.D. Cand.

Clinical Professor of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Daybreak University

Senior Clinical Instructor and Faculty of IRT, Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

Clinical Supervisor of IRT, International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. program with a Specialized in Imago Relationship Therapy, Daybreak University

- Counseling Request: www.imagorelationship.co.za

John Hjarso Mortensen, Psychologist, Ph.D. Cand.

Clinical Professor of Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Daybreak University

Clinical Instructor and Faculty of IRT, Imago International Training Institute (IITI)

Clinical Instructor of IRT, International Institute for Couples and Family Relationships (IICFR)


Ph.D. Cand. Specialization in Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT), Daybreak University

- Counseling Request: danskimagocenter.dk

* If you want to request therapy from the supervisor-level therapists, please contact directly through the supervisor’s contact information above.

Clinical Services

1. Individual Counseling/ Psychotherapy

2. Couples/Marital Relationship Therapy

3. Family Therapy

4. Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT)

5. Child and Adolescence Therapy

6. Inner Child Therapy

7. Sex Therapy

Online Therapy

We currently provide a free counseling service to support couples/families/individuals who are having relational and psychological difficulties. We prioritize the safety of clients and counselors in the COVID-19 situation and provide only virtual counseling through Zoom. The free online therapy is provided by DBU-CFTC therapist interns (MA and Ph.D. students) under the professional supervision and guidance of faculty-supervisors.

How to request the free online therapy?

Click on the therapy request form below and fill out the form and pay $10 processing fee, and you will be contacted for scheduling a therapy session. The therapy request fee is used to set up the intake session and to continuously provide and expand the free online therapy.

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