Ellen trained as a Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic in London, U.K., an intensive 4-year course with both theoretical work and practical internships, and has her certificate as a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapists. She has also trained to work with adults, and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), 778380.
At present she works with Homewood Human Solutions in their Employee and Family Assistance Program, and also works privately.
Ellen believes that counseling and psychotherapy can help people cope better with past trauma (personal, family, and cultural), with current trauma, grief, and loss, and with issues of everyday life, including parenting, self-esteem, caring for aging parents, and relationship issues. Sometimes a good friend or family member can help you find solutions to your distress, and provide comfort and nurturing, but sometimes you need the help of a professional, who can act like “wildnerness guide” as you explore the depths and peaks of your inner world. I use an eclectic approach, combining narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness work, methods effective in recovery from trauma, psychodynamic insights (e.g. ways past experience impinge on the present), play therapy with children, and other relevant techniques. Usually, it is the non-judgemental yet structured relationship of trust between therapist and client that helps the work move forward — and helps you become more able to face the past, enjoy the present, and look to the future with confidence.
I look forward to working together with you.
I have a sliding fee scale for private work. Please contact me through the Contact form on this website.