Ellen Schrier, MS, LPC, NCC

Ellen Schrier View Specialties

  1. Do you desire more emotional intimacy and closeness?
  2. Are you longing for a closer connection with your partner?
  3. Do you want to be better understood and communicate better?

I am passionate about and committed to helping individuals and couples work through issues that keep them from creating the loving relationships they desire and deserve. I believe that couple satisfaction occurs more readily when you and your partner are feeling validated, appreciated and respected. As you learn how to develop a culture of respect and appreciation, conflicts can be resolved easier and occur less frequently.
A Little Bit About Me

With my own successful 41 year marriage, including raising children, and working as a marriage counselor with many couples, I understand the many difficult emotions that can and do occur during times of stress and strife in a marital relationship. Without a secure emotional attachment to your spouse, you can feel off balance, unsure and insecure when trying to work through problematic situations. When you are securely emotionally attached to your mate, you feel that your partner will always be there. You can trust that he/she will love you unconditionally through the difficult times.

Working in community centers, schools and specialized training in couples therapy is part of my 12+ years of experience as a counselor. My experience in helping people work through their problems further deepens my ability to understand, provide skills and help couples break through their existing or potential problem areas.    
What To Expect From Counseling
I focus on solutions and the tender emotions that are underlying your issues and look for ways to build upon your strengths rather than focus on weaknesses. Emphasis is placed on building and restoring your friendship, developing mutual respect for one another and creating a positive atmosphere.  Under these conditions it becomes more manageable to learn more effective ways of relating to others in regard to conflict and compromise. Therapy can help you uncover your own internal solutions to life’s challenges.
Specialized training in couples therapy is part of my 12+ years of experience helping people work through their problems and further deepens my ability to provide the skills and language couples need to help them break through their existent or potential problem areas.  The use of this language frees them from the destructive trap of blame, defensiveness and withdrawal so common during times when angry words have been spoken that can easily undermine an engagement or marriage.  
Specialized Couple Training
1.  Pre-marital Counseling
One of the best ways to protect your future marriage is to take steps to ensure success and reduce the risk of divorce.  Distressed couples will divorce within the first seven years of marriage.  I have been trained in several scientifically-based premarital assessments (Prepare/Enrich and Foccus Pre-Marital Inventory). I recommend a minimum of 5 sessions per couple.
2.  Marriage Training
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
I have completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Couples Therapy, and use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work. I also have completed training in Emotionally Focused Therapy which helps couples form a closer connection by uncovering and identifying the deeper underlying emotions that keep them apart. We work together as a team to identify problem areas, open up couple communication and promote understanding.

It is not only my specialized professional skills, but also my extensive personal experience that I combine to help you maintain or repair those relationships most precious to you. When you are grounded in supportive, loving bonds, all of life seems easier, more bountiful and more beautiful!

Ellen Schrier Reaches

Horsham PA