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**NOTE: I also practice in the new PALATINE area office of Northwest Community Counseling.** Please call 847-894-8803 for an appointment.
I bring 15 years of experience in the counseling field. I work with men and women, adults and adolescents. You can expect a caring and non-judgemental environment while in therapy with me. Many clients have experienced me to be the "calm during the storm" of their crisis, and have truly felt "seen" and understood, in addition to being able to walk away from sessions with new coping skills and practical strategies to use when dealing with the issues that brought them into therapy. My approach is individualized, as opposed to "one size fits all".
The core of my professional experience took place in a non-profit organization where I provided individual and group counseling to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Balancing a compassionate, yet firm and accountability-based approach, I also counseled those who were abusive in domestic violence situations. In addition to counseling, I provided trainings on the topics of domestic violence, crisis intervention, and suicide intervention.
In 2009, I joined Northwest Community Counseling Services and began private practice work. This shift allows me to continue working in my passion of helping in the healing process of survivors of abuse, while at the same time giving me the opportunity to delve into other areas of great interest. Another great passion of mine is working with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with relationships, social anxiety, depression and stage of life issues. Specialized training in the Gottman method of couples therapy, as well as affairs in relationships, has informed my work with couples. I welcome same-sex couples into my practice.
Counseling/ Support Groups:
**Women In Transition** **Hoarding Recovery** **Hoarding: Family Support Group**
In addition to the areas listed above, I offer counseling fot the unique challenges facing gifted adults.
As a community mental health educator I present workshops to local organizations. Some of the topics are: Surviving Someone Else's Depression; Smart Anger Management; Dealing with Difficult People; Healthy Self-Esteem; Speaking of Love . . The Five Love Languages; Using the SET Method (Sympathy, Empathy, Truth).
I facilitate the Women's Morning of Renewal, a 3-hour experiential mini-retreat providing relaxation and self-care strategies. It can be hosted as a fund raiser.
Home office provides comfort and privacy not found in a clinical setting.
Children are more relaxed in a home atmosphere.
... is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a National Board Certified Counselor, and a Certified Custody Evaluator. She has worked in a variety of settings which gives her a unique professional background. Ellen was a special education teacher, school counselor, and school district director of student guidance and support services. Her psychotherapy background includes work for community mental health agencies, crisis intervention, and currently private practice.
In her practice Ellen works with individuals, families, couples, and groups. (Please go to the menu page for a full list of psychotherapy services.) Ellen’s clients are not a specific “type” of person. She works with all ages, individuals, and couples. Many clients are working through transition issues, while others are dealing with more chronic mental health issues. In addition to her private practice Ellen is an adjunct faculty member at McHenry County College in the Counseling Department.
Clinician Statement: “I value each person that I work with - it is an honor that they chose to share their lives with me. My goal with everyone is to provide services that facilitate an improved level of functioning and contentment in their lives. My style as a clinician is relaxed. Our sessions should be a positive interaction, even if we are discussing difficult issues. Whether a therapist or a coach, my sessions tend to have more of a feeling of two people relaxing in my living room and having a conversation. It is my job to make you comfortable and safe so that we can resolve the issues that have brought you. I do not sit back quietly, but instead engage with you to create movement and change towards a positive outcome. I look forward to talking with you.”
Phone: 1.877.284.1521 • Fax: 815-787-8787 • ICAexecdir@aol.com • PO Box 367, DeKalb, IL 60115