Kurt Ellis, MA, LLP, LPC

I believe that a rough start to life should not mean that a child cannot have a great present or future! 

Meet Kurt

Kurt Ellis is a Christian family therapist who specializes in trauma and other adoption-related issues.  In addition to working as an adoption professional for several years, he is also an adoptive parent.  He has extensive training in trauma development and attachment therapy.

Kurt and his wife have been married since 1988 and have three biological children and one adopted child.  In addition to his experience as a family therapist and adoption professional, Kurt served as a youth pastor for five years, and serves on the elder board and teaches adult Sunday School at his church.

My Approach & Values

Trauma, such as abuse, neglect, and loss, can affect a child’s ability to form healthy, loving, lasting relationships. The trauma can cause them to live in high anxiety and fear. That anxiety and fear affects every thought, every action, every reaction, and every feeling that they have. I have the opportunity to help these kids heal from the trauma and begin to live a life free of the high anxiety and fear.

It is a joy to see these kids begin to develop loving relationships with their parents and to begin to develop healthy friendships with their peers. It is also a joy to see them begin to believe that they are precious and priceless.

My Experience

  • Youth Pastor for 5 years
  • Program Manager at an adoption agency
  • Trauma and Attachment Therapist since 2008

My Education

  • BA from Cornerstone University, 1988
  • MA in Counseling from Western Michigan University, 1993
  • Training in Dyadic Development Psychotherapy

Contact Me

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Families Forever Counseling

4829 East Beltline Ave. NE
Suite 303
Grand Rapids, MI 49525