William F Northey

William F Northey


Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, PhD Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT
Delaware Accepting Online
Wilmington Accepting In-person
Updated September 16, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Divorce & separation
  • Drug addiction & abuse
  • Family issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Stepfamily/Blended Family Issues

Professional statement

William F. Northey, Jr., Ph.D., (Dr. Bill) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Bellefonte, Delaware with over 30 years of clinical experience working with children and families.

As the Clinical Director of the Bellefonte Center for Children and Families, he is dedicated to helping families that get "stuck" whether that is because of issues navigating developmental stages, like adolescence or divorce, or dealing with the impact that substance abuse and other compulsive behaviors have on families. Dr. Bill has traveled the globe training clinicians in working with families facing substance use disorders and resolving high-conflict child custody issues.

Dr. Bill is a "true-blue" marriage and family therapist receiving both a masters and doctoral degrees in marriage and family therapy. He is a leading expert on Strategic Family Therapy, which focuses not on "why" families have problems, but "how" can the problem be resolved as quickly as possible.

Dr. Bill likes to joke that he is always trying to "work himself out of a job," because he believes no one needs therapy forever. It is just that sometimes couples and families get stuck and they often cannot figure out how to get unstuck. So he focuses on what can be done in the "here-and-now" to resolve the problem as quickly as possible, sometimes in just a few sessions, and is effective with a wide range of problems people experience.

Dr. Bill recently worked with a family who reported their 5-year-old child was sucking her thumb at home and school and despite numerous attempts to break her of this habit they could not. Dr. Bill recommended an approach the parents could use and they came back to the next session and said, “That was a miracle. She stopped sucking her thumb"

Message to clients

Sigmund Freud sold us a bill of goods that we are still dealing with a century later. Don't get me wrong, Freud had some groundbreaking ideas, but many were just simply wrong. The Oedipal Complex, really? For me, the biggest error was convincing the civilized world that understanding was a necessary and sufficient condition for change. It is neither!!! Sure, it feels good if we know "why" we do things, but that doesn't help us change. I don't know how many clients have told me why they do what they do, but they still can't change, whether it is misusing substances, engaging in unhealthy behaviors, arguing with spouses, getting kids to do the right thing, or being civil with their coparent.

I prefer to work with couples and families, although I do work with individuals on occasion. The challenge is if only one person comes to therapy and makes a change the family will not be prepared to accommodate the change and could inadvertently reverse the gains made in therapy. When and couple or family comes to see me, everyone knows what changes are being made and can support it.

So if you have been struggling and don't know how to make the change you think you need give me a call and we can figure out what is the best way to find the path that will make things better, not only for you but for your family too.


Divorce & separation - Questioning or feeling unsatisfied in your relationship; contemplation and navigation of separation; addressing issues of power, voice, and communication challenges

Drug addiction & abuse - Tolerating emotional discomfort; reducing or eliminating reliance on drugs; development of new coping mechanisms for stress and suffering.

Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Substance abuse - Reducing and preventing the negative impact of drug and alcohol use and addictions on physical, emotional, and relational health

Stepfamily/Blended Family Issues - Issues regarding stepfamilies and blended families


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


William Northey is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $40 (15min)
  • Couples sessions: $40 (15min)
  • Family sessions: $40 (15min)
  • Co-Parent Counseling: $50 (15min)
  • Reunification Therapy: $50 (15min)
  • Parenting Coordination: $50 (15min)

Additional session information

Therapist's note

Due to the complexity of insurance reimbursement, I do not accept insurance.

I have found that my clients generally don't benefit from a traditional 50-minute hour once a week. So I offer flexibility in scheduling and billing to accommodate my clients' clinical needs and schedules.


Online Sessions (Delaware)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Wilmington practice
811 Brandywine Blvd., Second Floor, Wilmington, Delaware 19809
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
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Work and Education

Years of Experience: 31 years

Bellefonte Center for Children and Families, Clinical Director, 2015 - Present
Q3 Analytics and Consulting, CEO, 2006 - Present
Connections Community Support Programs, Inc., Chief Inspiration Officer, 2017 - 2021
NorthCentral University, Director of Clinical Field Placement, 2013 - 2015
Drexel University, Visiting Associate Professor, 2009 - 2011
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Development Research Specialist, 1999 - 2005
Bowling Green State University, Assistant Professor, 1995 - 1999

Kansas State University, PhD, 1995
University of Maryland -College Park, MS, 1992


Delaware: FT-0000003