John Hallock
Mental Health Counselor

“Ironically, what originally got me into couples therapy was working as a divorce mediator for 10 years. That was so hard. As much as I enjoyed talking to people and drawing them out, gaining their trust and helping them work towards an agreement, I always felt I would SO much rather be helping people stay together than split up.”

John can come off as laid-back and easy going, but his self-deprecating style hides a deep compassion and curiosity. John has a gift for putting people at ease, and lets his clients know they can trust him to be there for them when things get hard. While he has a particular passion in helping couples avoid divorce and see things through, John has gathered a variety of experience from community mental health, men’s groups, inpatient care, and owning and managing a local record store.

Ask me about: Where I grew up

Ever since I was young, I've been: Curious

Favorite quote: “Listening is the willingness to be changed by what you hear.”

Favorite kind of couples: Couples who realize there is work to do and are eager to do it because they want to make their relationship the best it can be


MA in Social Work – Westfield State University
Master of Divinity – Andover-Newton Theological School
Certified Couples and Family Mediator – Mediation and Training Collaborative
Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level I and II
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy – Completed Externship and Core Skills
Pragmatic Experiential Couples Therapy - trained by Brent Atkinson