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    About Julie Ford, MFT

    Certified Gottman Therapist

    I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fresno in 1993 and have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1996. I am a Certified Gottman Therapist, and am also certified as a Substance Abuse Specialist by the State of Wisconsin to provide counseling and therapy for those affected by substance use disorders. I am also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

    Education and Experience


    I have been in private practice as a psychotherapist for over 28 years, helping couples, families and individuals heal and grow. I am proud to be a Certified Gottman Therapist. I have had extensive training utilizing the Gottman Method with couples around core communication and conflict resolution techniques. I have also taught and lectured on addiction and the family system at the Family Therapy Institute of Milwaukee and in other clinical settings. I have been a clinical supervisor, a multifamily therapy group facilitator, and have led self care groups for professionals as well as group therapy for Codependency and Adult Children of Alcoholics.

    Additional Info

    I began my career in my home state of California, and after moving my private practice in 2012 to the Milwaukee area have continued my passions — working with couples, addiction and codependency issues, and addiction and the family system. I work collaboratively with several of Milwaukee’s most experienced clinicians, providing coordinated care for couples and families.

    Fun fact about me — I also play the cello! I am assistant principal cellist and have served on the Board of Directors for a local community orchestra. I am passionate about my family, music, reading in all subjects, travel, and living life to the fullest.

    Studies & Licences

    Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa
    Bachelor of Arts, English, 1980

    California State University, Fresno
    Master of Science, 1993
    Marriage and Family Counseling

    Certification: Substance Abuse Specialty
    Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

    Licenses: Marriage and Family Therapy 912-124, State of Wisconsin
    Marriage and Family Therapy 33456, State of California (currently inactive)

    Recent Trainings

    Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1, 2 and 3
    The Gottman Institute, Seattle, WA

    Couple Recovery Developmental Approach, utilizing the Gottman Method
    Robert Navarra, PsyD., Center for Couples Recovery, Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA

    Treating Affairs and Trauma
    The Gottman Institute, Seattle, WA

    Revitalizing and Maintaining Sexual Desire, 

    Barry McCarthy

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    My Values


    All communication between you and myself will be held in strictest confidence unless you provide written permission to release information about your treatment. There are some exceptions to confidentiality which will be explained in our first session. 


    I look for creative ways to approach our work together and am constantly learning and updating new skills, utilizing best practices, and finding creative solutions to problems. 


    I approach each client with compassionate care and concern. I also try to help cultivate for my clients compassion for self and others. 


    I accept each client/couple where they are, and approach situations from a non-judgmental perspective.

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