About Peterson Family Therapy

Peterson Family Therapy is a family-owned counseling practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s operated by Ed and Candace Peterson, life partners with the desire and skill needed to help couples in crisis, individuals suffering from addiction issues, and anyone dealing with depression and anxiety. Peterson Family Therapy is a member of The International Centre For Excellence In Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). Ed Peterson is a certified Emotionally-Focused Therapy couples therapist. Ed is a founding partner at The EFT Clinic in Salt Lake City, UT.

Ed PetersonEd Peterson, LCSW, MBA

Ed is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and couples therapist with advanced training and certification in emotionally-focused therapy (EFT).

Prior to running Peterson Family Therapy, Ed was the Clinical Director of The Bloc Outpatient, a substance abuse intensive outpatient program in Salt Lake City.

Prior to joining The Bloc Outpatient, Ed trained as a therapist and primary counselor for five years at Cirque Lodge, a world-renowned drug and alcohol treatment center, located in the mountains of Utah. It was at Cirque Lodge that Ed developed his own style of therapy, which is to treat the individual within the larger context of the family system.

Ed’s style of therapy is a mixture of empathetic and compassionate listening, active confrontation, and treating the entire family system. He works with adults (ages 18 and above) and specializes in the following areas:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and families
  • Addiction therapy (recovery)
  • Family therapy (recovery from codependency)
  • Mindfulness
  • Jungian Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy

Ed Peterson is a Certified EFT Therapist

Ed believes that families need their own programs of recovery and he teaches the skills to improve family communication, improve self-care, and increase personal serenity. He also believes that families can recover from the pain and suffering of codependency if they learn to love appropriately, maintain healthy boundaries, and practice self-care.

Ed is the father of three and happily married to his partner Candace.

“My style is highly empowering and motivational I encourage my clients to get out of their comfort zones and take calculated emotional risks. I believe in inspiring them to do the hard emotional work needed for true recovery. I am passionate about the process of growth and change.”


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Candace Peterson

Candace Peterson, LCSW

Candace is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice in Salt Lake City. She brings over 15 years experience in the fields of behavioral health and mental health.

Candace uses the following modalities and interventions in therapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • Spirituality

Candace’s Four-Step Approach to Therapy

Conduct a thorough assessment of each client, evaluating the presenting problems and complaints and assessing general mental health

Develop a relationship of trust and acceptance with the client, so that the client knows that she/he is seen and accepted

Therapy begins based on strategy mutually agreed upon between therapist and client

Continually work to fully understand the client emotionally and spiritually

“I believe people have the answers inside themselves to their problems and challenges. My style is highly empathetic and caring, while at the same time pushing clients to stretch and become who they authentically are, instead of living in the false identities that have kept them sick and unhappy. My job is to understand and accept the client 100% the way they are and then to assist them to make the changes they want and need to get he kind of life they want and deserve. It is a huge honor to be a witness to the positive changes that my clients make in their lives. I love what I do!”

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