Ted Wohlford, LLMFT, LLPC

Ted Wohlford

Do you wake up satisfied and happy? Perhaps something is in the way and you’ve decided to seek help to overcome the obstacle. Ted provides specialized mental health services to clients of all backgrounds and is licensed to work with couples and families as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). He bases his counseling philosophy on Attachment Theory, that people are wired for connection and their relationships shape the story of their lives. His hope is to help clients accomplish their goals utilizing evidence-based practices to maximize success in and outside of session in a way that is consistent with their values and beliefs. Many mental health professionals provide services to couples and families; MFTs guarantee the required education and experience to effectively deal with issues involving multiple people.

Counseling is a process that can involve both risk and benefits. It assumes an openness on the part of each client to changing certain aspects of their life in order to increase the quality of the life they are living. Counseling can lead to healing and transformation that can include reducing distress, reigniting passion, improving relationships, coping with pain, managing addictions, and discovering insight to meaning and purpose. Change is challenging and there are no guarantees for outcome; however, investing in oneself is a great path towards happiness.

Some of the therapeutic approaches Ted uses include:

  • Client-Centered
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Existential/Experiential
  • Integrative Problem Centered Therapy (IPCT)
  • Structural and Strategic Family Therapy

Issues:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Family Counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Identity Formation
  • Immigration
  • Intimacy and Relationships
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Men’s Issues
  • Mindfulness
  • Parent Coordination
  • Parenting Support
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management/Coping
  • Video Game and Internet Addiction

Special Services:

  • Couples Counseling: What do people seek in a romantic relationship? A secure bond that builds an intimate partnership where vulnerabilities can be shared, validated, and supported. Using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Ted helps couples identify their traps, disrupt negative behavioral cycles, and repair attachment wounds with partners, creating deep trust and intimacy. Decades of research confirms that EFT is one of the most effective approaches to creating satisfying, long term change with couples.
  • Men’s Issues: There are many conflicting ideas of what it means to be a man. Often these ideas exaggerate certain characteristics at the expense of relational identities such as being a nurturing father, a loving spouse, and an emotionally connected, caring friend. These issues are dear to Ted, as he has witnessed and experienced the repercussions of distorted identity that Randy Flood and Charlie Donaldson have identified as Mascupathy. Distortions can create issues with pornography and sexual addiction, anger, vocational disappointment, and loss of connection. The good news is that through counseling, men can reclaim their story and rediscover what it means to be emotionally invested and connected with others.
  • Sexuality: Often sexual concerns can impact relationships with partners. This can lead to embarrassment, sexual dissatisfaction, and withdrawal. Ted helps individuals explore these concerns in a compassionate, nonjudgmental environment.
  • Online Video Counseling: Sometimes people are not able to make it into a counseling office due to scheduling conflicts, or they want to take the first step but do not want to start in person. Ted provides video counseling to support individuals looking to make change. He has recently partnered with the Men’s Resource Center to offer a program that specializes in sex addiction.

Ted received his Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Western Michigan University and is a Limited Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Limited Licensed Professional Counselor. Ted received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Aquinas College. Ted is a husband and father who has recently worked for Hope Network providing vocational and life skills training. Prior to joining the Fountain Hill Center, Ted provided crisis support, doing risk assessments and counseling for university students and community members struggling with thoughts of suicide, addiction, and abuse. The goal of these interventions was to reduce hospitalizations, allowing individuals to connect with less restrictive support in the community.

Fountain Hill Center Main Office
534 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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(616) 456-1178 | Contact Ted

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