Matt & Carrie Ellis



Matt & Carrie Ellis


We are a husband and wife partner counseling team.  We came to this profession through our unique experience and have been called by God to reach and serve families. The majority or our work is assisting families formed through adoption.  We also work with biological families experiencing internal strife, as well as adults struggling with unresolved childhood trauma and couples in distress seeking a closer relationship.  

We are married 25 years.  In that time we have raised two children from “hard places”, one as a relative caregiver and the other from foster care, and have mentored others.  We’ve also been respite providers and group home relief parents.  We have provided psychoeducational and support groups to foster and adoptive families for 15 years.  One thread of truth we hear over and over again from families we have served is “Why didn’t we know about attachment and trauma sooner?”  

We are passionate about providing assistance to children, teens, adults, parents, and couples who need help navigating post-adoption issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, stress from life transitions, and relationship issues.  We are grounded in attachment and Trust Based Relational Intervention techniques, but use a variety of therapeutic techniques as appropriate to the client including Theraplay informed practices, EMDR, Safe and Sound protocol, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy principles and practices, Touchpoints, Circle of Security, and CBT. 

Areas of Specialty

  • Attachment Focused

  • Adoption Competent

  • Trauma Informed

  • Preadoption Assessments

  • Emotional dysregulation

  • Behavioral concerns

  • Parent-child relationships

  • Parenting

  • Couple relationships

  • Depression

  • Anxiety


  • Master of Science Counseling Psychology, Palm Beach Atlantic University

  • Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns

  • Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner

  • EMDR trained

  • Circle of Security facilitator

  • Safe and Sound Protocol provider