Welcome! My name is Ellie (she/her), and I hope the following information will help you get a better sense of who I am and if we would potentially be a good fit.
In therapy, I take an integrative approach grounded in interpersonal process and feminist theories, utilizing emotion-focused, mindfulness, and somatic interventions. My overall approach to therapy is collaborative, relational, and individually tailored to you. I strive to create an affirming environment in which you can feel deeply understood and seen with an emphasis on building a strong therapeutic relationship – a key factor to effective therapy. By having an empathic and authentic space to grow, I believe people can then feel safe to more deeply understand their patterns while exploring and experiencing their emotions in the present moment without fear of judgment. I strive to take an empowering approach grounded in cultural humility and social justice, and I am committed to examining systems of power and oppression that may be contributing to distress and marginalization. I strive to consistently examine how my intersecting identities of privilege and oppression present in the room as well as how these interact with your intersecting identities.
In general, I am a good fit for people wanting to gain a deeper relationship to Self and others, to increase self-compassion and combat shame, and to develop a greater awareness of the impact of oppression and marginalization on their lived experience. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am passionate about providing an affirming space for all people to grow more fully into their authentic selves. Conversely, I am not a great fit for folx who are looking for coping skills only or who want a super structured approach.
I earned my Doctor of Psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. I completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Student Counseling Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy, a depth-oriented private practice in Austin, TX. Part of my professional practice is taking personal responsibility for doing my own healing work, including therapy, daily mindfulness practices, energy healing, and anti-racism.
In my spare time, I enjoy hearing live music, reading, long walks in new neighborhoods, listening to podcasts, eating (and pretending to want to learn to cook) delicious food, spending time on or near the water, and quality time with my people.