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About Ellen

I 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.

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

I have specialized training that enhances my skills in working with Couple & Families, Trauma, & Addictions

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 entire career path I have worked in helping, teaching, and healing positions. I have worked in schools with special populations and in recreation and outdoor adventure programs, before starting my degree in Counseling Psychology. Since earning a MA I have worked in community mental health crisis response, in addiction treatment programs, in a supervised visitation parenting program, and as a facilitator of a support group for childhood sexual abuse survivors.

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

My theoretical orientation is eclectic and is shaped by 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 and Somatic theories to enhance awareness 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.