James Ullrich, M.A. LMHCA

So much of our sense of happiness and well being is connected to the health of our relationships. Relationships are what give our lives meaning but sadly they’re often a source of our discontent.

My approach to couples counseling is to create a safe place where each person can feel heard and investigate why these conflicts are happening, and, in a non-judgmental way, to bring awareness of the negative patterns and why there’re occurring.

From there we can find ways to bridge the gulf between partners and begin transforming an unhealthy pattern of conflict to one of supportive, fulfilling partnership. In this process we’ll work cooperatively to forge a path that brings you from to a place of respect instead of resentment, mutual support instead of alienation, and empathy instead of isolation.

To set couples up for future success, I also focus on equipping couples with the communications tools necessary to manage and resolve conflict when it arises. I incorporate elements of FFT (Functional Family Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Gottman in my couples work, and have had enormous success even when all hope seemed lost.