About Dr. Eli

Eli Karam, Ph.D., LMFT is a clinician specializing in couple and family therapy and maintains a private practice in Louisville, KY. With over 19 years experience as a mental health professional, and a graduate of both The Family Institute at Northwestern University and Purdue University's Department of Child Development and Family Studies, Eli is the Past President for the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KAMFT) and was voted in a national election to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He is also a tenured Professor in the Couple & Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. There he conducts research on couple and family relationships, teaches and supervises therapists-in-training. Dr. Eli also educates the public through various television and radio appearances . Among his areas of clinical expertise are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Conflictual Couples
  • Conflict Avoidant Couples
  • Low Intimacy Couples
  • Couples struggling with Infertility
  • Recovering from Infidelity
  • Family Boundaries and Communication
  • Blended Families
  • Family Business
  • Co-parenting Techniques
  • Difficult Adolescents
  • Adolescents with Academic and Social Pressures

Eli has been recognized both locally and nationally by AAMFT for his contributions to the profession of marriage and family therapy. In addition, Eli has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of couple therapy, research and practice integration in marriage and family therapy training programs, the therapeutic alliance, and enhancing couple intimacy and communication skills.

Eli utilizes an integrative, problem centered orientation in his work with clients. He also researches and practices a “Common Factors” approach to therapy that prioritizes the therapeutic alliance and client motivations and strengths. His therapeutic approach is to provide direction, support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. Eli believes that all successful therapies should foster change and interpersonal growth through the modification of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around selected problem areas.

In his personal life, Eli enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is married with a son, daughter and two dogs.

B.A. Northwestern University - Psychology
M.S. Northwestern University - Marriage and Family Therapy
Ph.D. Purdue University - Marriage and Family Therapy

Kentucky Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Additional Training:
Post-Graduate Fellowship in Marriage and Family Therapy / Psychotherapy Research - The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Professional Leadership and Memberships:
Board of Directors - American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (2014-2016)
Past President - 
Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KAMFT)
Clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor

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