Dr. Tasha Seiter, MS, PhD, LMFT



  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) (MFT.0002369)
  • Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional (CSTIP)
  • Certified Learning to Breathe (L2B) Mindfulness Group Facilitator
  • Trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Premarital Enhancement, Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), and
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Professional Organizations

  • Group Practice Owner, Heart of the Matter Marriage Counseling, Couples Therapy, and Individual Therapy
  • Founder of the Fort Collins Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Community
  • International Association for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Area of Focus:

  • Couples counseling (using Emotionally Focused Therapy, EFT and Gottman Method Couples Therapy)
  • Applied Attachment Theory
  • Sexuality counseling to improve sexual satisfaction and health
  • Relationship counseling for one helping individuals heal relationship issues
  • Premarital counseling to improve communication and marital satisfaction
  • Moving past people-pleasing tendencies
  • Values-based living/fulfillment and purpose in life
  • Enhancing compassion for self and other
  • Worldwide coaching services for couples and individuals


  • PhD, Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University
  • Masters of Science, Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Colorado State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Psychology and Human Biology Double Major, Ohio University

Research Publications:

Seiter, N.S., Lucas-Thompson, R.G, Prince, M.A, Quirk, K., & Coatsworth, J.D. (2021). Mindful Partnering: introducing a novel theoretical construct and testing the psychometric properties of the mindful partnering measure (MPM). Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy

Seiter, N.S., Lucas-Thompson, R.G., Faw, M., Brown, S., Prosser, J.L., Quirk, K., & Smith, A. (2022). Gendered Beliefs and Behaviors in Couple Relationships as Predictors of Physiological Stress Functioning. Family Relations. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/fare.12671

Miller, R. L., Moran, M., Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Sanchez, N., Seiter, N.S., Rayburn, S., Verros M., Johnson S, Zimmerman, T., Haddock, S., & Shomaker, L. B. (2022). Mental health and health behaviors among college student mentors in a randomized controlled trial interrupted by COVID-19. Journal of American College Healthhttps://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2022.2086007

Lucas-Thompson, R.G., Miller, R.L., Seiter, N.S., Prince, M.A., Crain, T.L., & Shomaker, L.B. (2021). Within-person variations in mindfulness mediate effects of daily stressors on psychological distress in adolescence. Psychology and Health.

Lobo, L.M., Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Lunkenheimer, E., & Seiter, N.S. (2021). Parental emotion coaching moderates the effects of family stress on social development. Social Development. DOI: 10.1111/sode.12519

Miller, R. L., Moran, M., Shomaker, L. B., Seiter, N.S, Sanchez, N., Verros, M., . . . Lucas-Thompson, R. (2021). Health effects of COVID-19 for vulnerable adolescents in a randomized controlled trial. School Psychology, 36(5), 293-302. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spq0000458

Lucas-Thompson, R.G., Seiter, N.S., Miller, R.L., Rigsby, B., & Crain, T.L. (2021). Inadequate sleep moderates effects of interparental conflict appraisals on adolescent adjustment. Sleep Health.

Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Miller, R., & Seiter, N.S. (2020). Dispositional mindfulness is cross-sectionally predicted by interactions between interparental conflict and parent-child relationships. Personality and Individual Differenceshttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2020.110556

Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Seiter, N.S, Miller, R., & Crain, T. (2020). Does dispositional mindfulness buffer the links of stressful life experiences with adolescent adjustment and sleep? Stress and Health. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.2980

Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Lunkenheimer, E.S, & Seiter, N.S. (2020). Interparental conflict and attention to angry interpersonal interactions as risk factors for adolescent anxiety. Family Relations. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fare.12505

Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Rayburn, S., & Seiter, N.S. (2020). Learning to BREATHE “Plus”: A Multi-Modal Adaptive Supplement to an Evidence-Based Mindfulness intervention for Adolescents. Frontiers in Public Health

Seiter, N.S., & Lucas-Thompson, R.G. (2019). Marital conflict in the context of novel stress: associations with physiological stress functioning. Family Relations. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/fare.12429

Seiter, N.S. Quirk, K., Hardy, N., Zinbarg, R., Goldsmith, J., & Pinsof, W.M. (2019). Changes in Commitment and Sexual Satisfaction: Trajectories in Couple Therapy. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. doi: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0092623X.2019.1677274

Seiter, NS., Lucas-Thompson, R. G., & Henry, K.L. (2019). Partner communication behaviors and diurnal cortisol patterns. Journal of Family Issues. doi: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0192513X19868260

Seiter, N.S., Lucas-Thompson, R. G., & Graham, D.J. (2019). Interparental conflict moderates the association between neighborhood stress and adolescent health. Journal of Family Psychology. doi: https://doi.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Ffam0000500

Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Seiter, N.S., Broderick, P, Coatsworth, J.D., Mckernan, C.J., & Smyth, J.M. (2019). The Moving 2 Mindful (M2M) Study Protocol: Testing a Mindfulness Group + Ecological Momentary Intervention to Decrease Stress and Anxiety in Adolescents from High-Conflict Homes. BMJ Open. doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030948

Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Miller, R., Seiter, N.S, & Prince, M. (2019). Short communication: Dispositional mindfulness predicts cortisol, cardiovascular, and psychological stress responses in adolescence. Psychoneuroimmunology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.104405

Lucas-Thompson, R. G., Seiter, N.S., Coatsworth, J.D., & Broderick, P. (2019).You fight and I suffer”: mindfulness interventions to reduce impact of interparental conflict on adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10826-019-01599-y

Seiter, N.S., Smith, A.D., & Quirk, K. (2018). Holon in Family Systems Theory. Entry prepared for: J. Lebow, A. Chambers & D. Bruenlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer. doi: http://springer.iq-technikum.de/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_281-1

Smith, A.D., Seiter, N.S., & Quirk, K. (2018) Listening in Couple and Family Therapy. Entry prepared for: J. Lebow, A. Chambers & D. Bruenlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer. doi: https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-15877-8_190-1

Seiter, N.S., Smith, A.D., & Quirk, K. (2017). Emotional Reactivity in Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy. Entry prepared for: J. Lebow, A. Chambers & D. Bruenlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-15877-8_176-1

Smith, A.D., Seiter, N.S., & Quirk, K.(2017). Within My Reach Enrichment Program. Entry prepared for: J. Lebow, A. Chambers & D. Bruenlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springerdoi: http://springer.iq-technikum.de/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_379-1?page=46

Smith, A.D., Seiter, N.S., & Quirk, K. (2017). Heterosexism in Couple and Family Therapy. In: J. Lebow, A. Chambers & D. Bruenlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy. New York: Springer. doi: http://springer.iq-technikum.de/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_897-1

Thuma, J. B., Hobbs, K. H., Burstein, H. J., Seiter, N. S., & Hooper, S. L (2013). Temperature Sensitivity of the Pyloric Neuromuscular System and Its Modulation by Dopamine. PLoS ONEE67930-E67930.

Dr. Tasha Seiter’s Recent Articles

Professional Background

Dr. Tasha Seiter is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and owner of Heart of the Matter Therapy and Coaching, a group practice that provides couples, individual, and family therapy to residents of Colorado as well as coaching services to couples and individuals worldwide. Dr. Tasha is passionate about helping couples and individuals as a therapist and coach to connect in deeper ways, break destructive conflict patterns, and enhance their physical and sexual bond.

Dr. Tasha and all of the clinicians at her group practice specialize in compassionate and science-backed methods. She is a scientist-practitioner with dozens of published research articles on the topics of relationships, mindfulness, and stress physiology. Tasha values using techniques that are validated by research to bring positive change in relationships and life satisfaction. Dr. Tasha has advanced training in the modalities that research shows have the power to greatly enhance relational health, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Premarital Relationship Enhancement, Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. These methods really work to bring lasting change to Dr. Tasha’s clients and she feels so grateful to be able to practice them everyday.

The scientifically proven techniques are complimented by warmth, genuineness, and an enthusiastic energy that propels her clients toward their goals. Dr. Tasha believes that acceptance and a space where we experience nonjudgement of our experiences (we are all human!) is healing and something that we all would ideally have in this world.

You can often find Dr. Tasha in the media. She has been seen in publications such as Forbes, Bustle, Healthline, Popsugar, and Best Life Online, as well as featured on Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio. She is also a blogger for Psychology Today, the owner of the Mindful Relationships Blog. She loves to write about the topics that she uses in her clinical work to catalyze change in lives and relationships, including topics such as couple relationships, sexuality, mindfulness, and happiness.

Dr. Tasha loves to hear from her readers. She encourages you to reach out if you have any questions or concerns, would like to book counseling or coaching services, have an idea for a media interview, or just to chat! You can learn more about her and reach out to her at www.Marriage-Counseling-Fort-Collins.com