About Ellen

Ellen McGuinnessI am a caring, patient listener with an optimistic attitude which helps bring hope into people’s lives.

When I am not working I enjoy time with friends and family pursuing outdoor adventures and travel. The picture here shows me enjoying the sights of Berlin.

I look forward to hearing about your life and together with you creating a plan to create positive change and greater mental health.

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SPECIALTIES

  • Couples & Families
  • Trauma & Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Children & Adolescents

BACKGROUND

I graduated from University of Colorado at Denver with a Masters of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Couple & Family therapy, in 2007. I also have a BA in Psychology from University of Michigan (1999).  I have earned the credentials of National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Throughout my career I have worked in the human services field. I have substantial experience working with children, but more importantly, I have passion. I enjoy the potential that I see in the children that I work with; they have so much to learn and so many ways in which to grow. Oftentimes the spirit of curiosity that seems a natural part of childhood has been numbed; reawakening the excitement of discovery is one part of the therapeutic endeavor that I particularly enjoy.

I also have experience and commitment to working with survivors of trauma and abuse. Too often survivors are told to “get over it” by people who do not understand the work that recovery entails. I understand that recovery takes gentleness, patience and nonjudgment.

I recognize that substance abuse and addiction pervades our society and accompanies many mental health challenges. Because of this I work with clients to manage addiction and build alternative coping mechanisms.

In addition to working as a mental health therapist.

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

My theoretical orientation is eclectic and is based on the needs of the specific client. In all cases I work from a Client-Centered approach, using a nonjudgmental forum for the exploration of issues chosen by the client. I use Cognitive theories to help clients to identify thought patterns that guide their lives and to assess the utility and validity of those thoughts. I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to raise mindfulness and acceptance. I use Experiential Therapy to facilitate an understanding of the felt sense of unresolved situations. I use Solution-Focused theory to empower clients to draw upon their own wisdom and resources to aid in the growth and recovery process. Lastly, I have a Systemic outlook through which I view the clients’ challenges within the context of their social environment.