Dr. Sarah C. Stuchell, PhD, LMFT, CEO 
Chief Executive Officer & Clinical Supervisor 
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist SC License MFC4614
Dr. Sarah is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 16 years of experience counseling individuals, couples, and families. She earned her Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University, and her Master's in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.  She is licensed in California, Wyoming, and South Carolina.
About The Marriage and Family Research Institute
The Marriage and Family Research Institute is founded on a set of beliefs that the current emergence of systemic, holistic, relational, family approaches to counseling are far superior to traditional individual-based orientations. We believe in counseling as a client-centered and collaborative effort between therapists and clients to co-create meaningful, personal, and lasting changes.

As active participants in the field's clinical and research communities, Marriage and Family Research Institute creates cutting-edge therapeutic approaches that work, from a deeply caring perspective.
The quality of relationships is intrinsic to people's well-being.
Services Offered

MFRI offers therapy in a traditional office setting or in your home.  We also customize in-home treatment programs for chronic conditions, such as substance abuse, eating disorders, or physical ailments. 

Our in-home treatment programs are an ideal fit for those struggling with chronic issues, or those in need of aftercare services from a residential inpatient treatment setting.  Our therapists recreate the treatment setting in your home, so there is a smooth and flawless transition between the inpatient setting and returning home.  We currently offer services in Beaufort County. 

Our outpatient clinics allow for clients to come in for more traditional therapeutic services, including individual, couple, family and group therapy.  Our clinics are located in Beaufort, Bluffton, and Hilton Head, South Carolina.       

​As a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to making our services affordable for families and their loved-ones.  We accept insurance, Medicaid/Medicare, and private pay.  We offer a sliding scale to help meet the financial needs of our clients.
Dr. Sarah works as an Evidence-Based Clinician and is able to integrate her interests in the social context of problems, with therapeutic techniques and skills that help individuals grow in their relationships, develop their strengths, and solve personal and emotional problems. Her expertise lies in viewing problems from a systemic perspective, which inevitably leads to healing for not just the individual themselves, but their loved ones also. Her Doctoral work focused on gendered power and marital equality, and linking women's and men's mental health and substance abuse issues to the relational or familial context, as well as the larger social context.
Nicole Thompson
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (SC) Supervised by Dr. Sarah Stuchell, PhD, LMFT (MFC4614)
Nicole received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska, and has provided counseling services to individuals and families with a variety of mental health concerns. She customizes treatment plans to her clients individualized needs by drawing upon a combination of therapeutic techniques, some of which include: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Reality Therapy and Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy.

Nicole is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and Army, and a military spouse and mother.  As such, she is experienced in providing a range of support for our military’s Veterans and family members. She specializes in family relationships and conflicts, financial hardship, divorce, grief and loss, and stressors related to relocation and adjustment.

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Creating a sustainable culture
 Healing communities one family at a time


Dr. Sarah has over 12 year’s experience creating programs and leading behavioral health organizations. She is known for thinking outside of the box and creating innovative programs that are tailored to diverse populations and complex needs. She is entrepreneurial, innovative, creative, and focused on exceptional clinical care.