Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be. ― Heath L. Buckmaster
I firmly believe that, in the words of Rainer Maria Rilke, no feeling is final, and that often it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.
People seek individual, couples, and family counseling for different reasons. They may be seeking to improve their relationships, their communications skills, cope with parenting challenges, or generally find more fulfillment in their lives. But there is a common thread: a feeling of “stuck-ness” and a frustration that something just isn’t working. Having a guide on your journey is important.
My approach is to help you identify what isn’t working and then collaborate on a plan to address those needs, with goal-oriented work designed to return you back to a life that is happier and more successful.
I ultimately believe the most important healing tool that a therapist can provide is human connection, so I strive to create an environment and relationship where people feel seen, understood and supported.
The goal is that through counseling you will gain insight into your unhelpful thinking patterns and be able to change them, have healthier and more secure attachments in your relationships, and become equipped with the skills to generate a greater sense of control and empowerment in your life.
I use my unique life experiences and education for the benefit of helping others improve their lives, careers, and relationships. You can expect an engaged, productive therapeutic relationship focused on helping you reach your goals, whether that is getting “unstuck”, managing anger or conflict, finding a better way forward in relationships, or generally living a life of deeper satisfaction.
I earned my degree at Seattle University’s highly regarded Masters of Psychology program where I studied existential psychology. After completing my graduate training I became certified in Functional Family Therapy and worked as a Family Therapist for the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice System, counseling troubled adolescents and their families. This gave me a solid background in counseling adolescents boys and young men struggling to find their place in the world. This family systems expertise often applies to my couples work as well.
I write a regular blog for Psychology Today. It can be seen here.
I have 2 offices in Seattle: First Hill (Cabrini Medical Tower,and the Greenlake neighborhood (Ravenna Office Building, 444 NE Ravenna Blvd). I also have a location in beautiful downtown Edmonds (300 Admiral Way, on the waterfront).
I have studied in the areas of:
- Family Therapy and Conflict Resolution
- Existential Therapy
- Stress Control
- Communication Skills
- Anger Management
- Adolescent Psychological Development
- Family Systems Theory
- Career Counseling
- Relational Therapy
Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington State, Credential #MC60661610
Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Existential Phenomenological emphasis) from Seattle University, with clinical training/internship at Valley Cities Counseling. I am a certified practitioner of Functional Family Therapy. Regular Contributor to Psychology Today
Certified in Functional Family Therapy (FFT), former counselor with the Snohomish County Juvenile Justice System.
I’m an active member of:
–APA’s Society for Humanistic Psychology
- Seattle Counselors Association (SCA)
- American Mental Health Counselors Assoc (AMHCA)
- Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
“James Ullrich is a rare combination of many great things. His personality can be very disarming, but never come at the cost of his intellect and the deep caring for everyone who is in front of him. I’ve had the privilege of having his help on cases and have always found his help and point of view to be invaluable. As a therapist myself, I would recommend James to anyone and everyone in search of a kind, empathetic, down to earth voice in a troubled sea.” –T.M.
“James is a compassionate, down-to-earth person with a deep passion for helping others. Upon meeting James there is an immediate felt sense of honesty and compassion. This authentic warmth is unscored by his steady spirit and dedication allow his clients to quickly understand him as a trustworthy soul in whom they can confide and wrestle with the dark and difficult parts of life.” –K.H.