I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Hawaii. I grew up in the Northeastern US, and in a previous job I was able to live in several states. I love learning about different cultures, and I am lucky to call Hawaii with its vast diversity my home. I earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from Simmons University, Boston, MA. in 2017.Prior to becoming a social worker I spent several years as a registered nurse. I believe my experience in emergency/critical care nursing, and social work enables me to bring a unique perspective to my practice.
I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to; depression, relationship issues, parenting challenges, ADHD, addictions, PTSD, and end of life concerns. I have had the privilege of working with active duty military, veterans and their dependents for the last six years. I also have experience working in the underserved local community in which I live.
My counseling style is warm and approachable. I will be respectful of whatever is important to you, and your individuality. My treatment is trauma-informed, and strength-based utilizing the following; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
To reach out for professional help with personal issues takes courage. I will do my best to support you reach goals.
Aloha, I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Cancer, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Co-morbidity, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Fatherhood Issues, First Responder Issues, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Prejudice and Discrimination, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
HI LCSW LCSW-4584
NV LCSW 10298-C
Ellen had been one of the Best therapists I’ve worked with— in my short time with her she has shown me nothing but immediate kindness, patience, and really helped me to work through my issues at hand with a very supportive ear. Thank you so much, really!
Written on Dec 14, 2022 after therapy with Ellen for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Written on Jul 20, 2022 after therapy with Ellen for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and adhd
Ellen is so kind hearted and a great listener. Her past in medicine and helping others continues on helping me all the time, because of her advice. I couldn’t ask for anything more and I am so grateful she continuously helps me grow more and more as a person through our sessions.
Written on Mar 15, 2022 after therapy with Ellen for 1 year and 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and grief
Ellen is intuitive, listens well, and also gives good advice and even advice they one may not want to hear but is needed!! She’s a great counselor and I’ve had a few in my life over the years. Thanks, Ellen!
Written on Jul 07, 2021 after therapy with Ellen for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and adhd
Ellen worked with me for about a month. She had a calming presence that made me feel comfortable and supported. Ellen listened to me and had excellent advice. I must say that my life and relationships have improved since meeting with her. I would recommend Ellen to anyone needing some assistance improving their life.
Written on Jan 27, 2021 after therapy with Ellen for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching
Ellen has been working with me for a short time but already I feel a weight lifted. She is insightful and confident in her advice. I look forward to our sessions and am great full for her help!!
Written on Jan 12, 2021 after therapy with Ellen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder