Ellie is a licensed clinical social worker, who utilizes mindfulness-based interventions, loving kindness and compassion practices, and expressive arts, along with interventions based on an array of western therapeutic modalities. As an old saying goes, “pain is inevitable, suffering is optional”. We cannot avoid painful experiences in life, but we can learn to hold these experiences with skillful means such as mindfulness and compassion. Ellie believes that therapy is a wonderful space to increase our confidence in our ability to work with painful thoughts and feelings, get unstuck from harmful ways of responding to life’s challenges, and to move towards living a more enriched, meaningful life.
We are all capable of tapping into our inherent wisdom, awakening more fully to the world, and growing through our struggles. Ellie’s approach is to hold a safe, non-judgmental space for healing in order to support, and guide individuals through this process. She specializes in working with adults experiencing a wide range of challenges such as: anxiety, depression, pre and postnatal mood disorders, trauma, stress management, relationship issues, self-esteem difficulties, and life transitions.
Ellie’s framework is influenced by formal studies of a wide range of psychotherapy interventions, as well as her personal practice and study of mindfulness meditation, loving kindness and compassion practices. She draws upon a variety of psychological approaches, including; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Buddhist Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Non-Violent Communication.