Hello. I am a licensed social worker in California. I began practicing in the mental health/behavioral health field in 2011. I originally was licensed in Maryland in 2015 but then returned to California in 2016. Since starting in the field, I have worked with individuals ranging in age from 4 years old to 75 years old; most experience working with individuals between the ages of 10 and 35. I have experience working with individuals experiencing homelessness, depression, anxiety, parenting problems, and relationship issues. My experience also involves working with individuals in the foster care, child welfare, and probation systems.
My approach to providing counseling is starting where the client is at. It is important for me to make my clients feel as though they are being heard and not talked at. This approach allows for me to individualize your counseling based upon your current needs as well as your future desires. It allows me to identify a treatment goal that is realistic for where you are currently at.
With that said, my goal in being a counselor, is to assist my clients in meeting their identified treatment needs. I am flexible and willing to do whatever I need to do to assist you and help you in any way that I can.
Per Terms and Conditions of Better Help, I am unable to write letters of any form or perform any formal evaluations/assessments. The following is from the Terms and Conditions: "The platform is not intended for the provisions of clinical diagnosis requiring an in-person evaluation and you should not use it if you need any official documentation or approvals for purposes such as, but not limited to, court-ordered counseling or emotional service dog certification. It is also not intended for any information regarding which drugs or medical treatment may be appropriate for you, and you should disregard any such advice if delivered through the platform."
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Emptiness, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Postpartum Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 75576
Ellen is a great listener and good at checking up on you via messages. We’ve only had about 3 sessions, so can’t attest to what kind of progress I’m making. However, she’s been excellent at ensuring that I feel heard and addressing the issues in my life that I raise.
Written on Jan 09, 2022 after therapy with Ellen for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd
I am still in the early stages of therapy with Ellen. Ellen has been very helpful, patient, attentive, and insightful. She sometimes asks me tough questions that can be challenging to answer, but this is also why I appreciate her as a therapist/counselor. Ellen encourages me to be creative and explorative in my journey of self healing and finding greater purpose in life. I highly recommend Ellen.
Written on Nov 11, 2021 after therapy with Ellen for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, family conflicts, career difficulties, and sleeping disorders
Ellen is such a great person to have as your counselor. She gets back to you in a timely manner and also demonstrates professionalism. She gives great advice and also provides resources to help me get through my situation.
Written on Sep 06, 2021 after therapy with Ellen for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Ellen has been the most helpful counselor I've ever seen (and I've seen a handful of people in my life). She's thoughtful in her responses, provides little worksheets for me to dig deeper and is always willing to talk with me about my responses and is teaching me how to set healthy boundaries (something I've never been taught before).
Written on Jun 09, 2021 after therapy with Ellen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Ellen is a great counselor I feel very lucky to have her as my therapist.
Written on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Ellen for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes
This is my first time talking to a therapist and Ellen’s made it feel very comfortable and relaxed. I tell her things when I need to without feeling judged or put on the spot. She lets me vent about random stuff and will ask relevant questions that will help me gain some other perspective.
Written on Mar 31, 2021 after therapy with Ellen for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue