Chris Fariello,PhD, MA, LMFT

Chris Fariello,PhD, MA, LMFT

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Marriage & Family Therapist - MF000278
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $200 per 50min. session

Free phone consultations

Skype sessions available


255 S. 17th Street
Suite 2200
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
1215 W. Baltimore Pike
Suite #1
Media, Pennsylvania 19063

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My Approach to Helping

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 therapists 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.

We know that life's challenges can often be complex and profoundly emotional. The therapists at PhIIRST offer a wide range of counseling and therapy services as well as educational workshop and groups.

More Info About My Practice

Fees & Insurance

Therapy is an investment in your mental health and often a very worthwhile endeavor for those who commit to the process. Each of the therapists at PhIIRST function independently and therefore each has his or her own fee structure. Please contact the therapist directly for rates and sliding scale availability.

All fees are to be paid at time of service. Cash, checks, credit card or PayPal payments are accepted. Although none of the therapists at PhIIRST accept insurance or third party billing, statements for insurance reimbursement can be provided upon request.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

PhIIRST is a uniquely specialized practice dedicated to resolving sexual problems and enhancing sexual relationships.

Sexual problems are so prevalent, that nearly two thirds of all men and women will experience them at some time during their lives.

At PhIIRST, we have an integrated approach that includes modalities such as behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, and systemic therapy in resolving sexual problems. Though treatment can be done on an individual basis, we encourage the couple to work together.

The clinicians at PhIIRST help individuals and partnered relationships with a wide range of sexual problems and issues, such as:

Body image
Compulsive sexual behaviors
Female Orgasmic Disorder
Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
Fetish & paraphilias
Gender identity
Male Erectile Disorder
Male Orgasmic Disorder
Polyamory issues
Premature Ejaculation
Sexual Aversion
Sexuality & chronic illness
Sexual Desire
Sexual Enrichment
Sexual orientation/coming out
Sexual pain
Sexual Trauma
Sexuality & physical ability
Sexuality & spirituality
And more.

In addition to issues listed above, we offer sex education and sexual enrichment for couples who want to improve or enhance their sexual relationship, recapture lost sensuality, restructure sexuality a life changing event, become comfortable with one's own and/or one's partner's sexuality, or any other

How Psychotherapy Can Help

My experience shows that psychotherapy is most beneficial when I am able to work closely with the people in my care. In our initial sessions together we will establish your therapeutic goals, which in turn will help us develop a treatment plan that may assist you in reaching these goals. As we go through the treatment process, we will make any needed adjustments to your therapeutic plans, goals or methodology. It is also important for us to agree that I may exercise the right to refer you to a more suitable medical or mental health professional if I believe there is a need for therapeutic interventions that I cannot provide.

I provide sensitive, compassionate, and empathic counseling that is specific to your unique circumstances. As we work together it is recommended that you to arrive for each session on time, complete any tasks we agree upon, and speak about any negative thoughts, feelings, or behaviors you may be experiencing. I strongly encourage you to speak about any concerns you may have about the treatment process so that these may be quickly and adequately addressed.

You will be asked to complete therapeutic tasks both during and outside of our schedules sessions. You will likely find our sessions to be a safe place where you may share your thoughts and emotions, act out any repressed behaviors, and plan for a brighter future. As treatment progresses you may find that therapy provides you with rapid relief, or that a more patient approach is needed to reap meaningful results.

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aggression and Violence
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness

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