Northern Arizona Center for Couple and Family Therapy

Stop the Pain and Conflict so you can feel Connected, Safe, and Appreciated in your Relationship

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Keith A. Cross, Ph.D.


  • Licensed Marriage and Family TherapistKieth A. Cross, PH.D.
  • Associate Dean and Professor of Counselor Education at Prescott College
  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
  • B.A. in Psychology, Arizona State University

I have extensive experience counseling diverse clients in a variety of settings including social service agencies, in-home therapy, college counseling centers, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, and crisis clinics as well as in private practice.  I have conducting individual, couples, family and group counseling and have conducted numerous marital enrichment programs. In working with clients, I maintain a focus on affect regulation and attachment issues, as well as a systems orientation to client concerns.

In particular, I have a passion for working with couples and have extensive training in the most empirically validated couples therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT is the treatment that years of research shows to be highly effective in helping couples improve their relationship, resolve conflicts, repair trust, and feel safe, loved and connected. EFT helps couples get to the heart of the matter. It is designed to stop the negative and stuck patterns in relationships, transforming them into the love, connection and understanding that couples desire. I have conducted workshops on a variety of topics and trains therapists most frequently on counselor ethics and the use of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

I have also served in a variety of positions in college and university settings from a counseling center director at a small community college to an adjunct professor at a state university. I currently serve as the Associate Dean for Counselor Education and chair of the Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education at Prescott College.  I have extensive experience teaching both in-class and online undergraduate psychology coursework, including general psychology and abnormal psychology as well as numerous Masters level counseling courses.  Additionally, I provide clinical supervision to new and experienced counselors.

I am a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Professional Member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the American Counseling Association.  I am the Past-President of the Granite Mountain Psychological Society and previously served as the President of the Wyoming Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  I also served as the association’s Federal Advocacy Liaison, where I lobbied the state legislature in Washington D.C., speaking for local Marriage and Family Therapists in my home state.

I have engaged in a variety of both quantitative and qualitative research including: Parent communication training and parental engagement, Body image, Interpersonal stress and chronic illness, and Working with family businesses, to name a few.  Additionally, some of my numerous presentations and publications topics include: Counseling ethics, Conflict resolution, Stress management, Mediation, Parenting and Evidenced based approaches to couples counseling.

Most importantly, my wife and I have raised two daughters while maintaining a loving relationship for over 20 years.


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