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Meeting Ellis

The counselor
My approach to counseling is humanistic and client centered in nature. This means I truly believe that you possess the wisdom and ability to overcome and grow from all of the obstacles you encounter. Given the right support and guidance you learn to draw from the intelligence you already possess. Working with individuals, couples and families for many years, I have witnessed remarkable people overcome tremendous inner and outer obstacles and move on to live fuller, happier lives.

Experience: 

  • Over 10 years experience working with individuals, couples, and families.
  • Substance abuse and anger management group facilitator.
  • Mental health and domestic violence consultant for New York City’s Administration for Children Services
  • Member of National Association of Social Workers.

Ellis also has experience leading workshops and seminars on topics ranging from understanding a mental health diagnosis to Mind/Body health and healing.

Education:

  • B.S. in Psychology from Saint Peter’s College
  • MSW from New York University (NYU)
  • Graduate of The Focusing Institute 2 year Certification Program

Specializations:

  • Body-centered psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness meditation practices
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples Counselings
  • Life Transitions

More about Ellis’s approach to therapy;

I believed most trouble, discomfort and pain results from blocks and stagnation in our relationships; whether in relating to your sense of self, to another, or the world around you. Your sense of well-being and happiness is determined by the quality and depth of these multiple connections. Knowing this gives you a starting point, a place to focus when hoping to increase your peace and well- being.

As you work to restore, repairing, and rediscover these connections, you experience a deeper more satisfying relationship with yourself and others. As you learn to truly be  more present with your bodily sensations; its energy, emotions, and inner wisdom, you become more fully alive and connect more honestly and freely with others and the natural world.

In therapy, we simply slow down and with compassion and acceptance work to guide your attention inward. Through the arts of mindfulness and active listening we can begin to create enough space to look at ourselves and others in a more accepting way. This often radiates to all areas of our life, simultaneously improving many of our relationships


Ellis is a Focusing Oriented Therapist. So, what is Focusing?

Focusing is a way of relating directly to your body’s sense of an issue. It helps the body and mind work together in a way that allows more to be revealed  about an issue or situation in your life. Guiding you through the focusing process will enable you to access greater insight and intelligence around any thing you are going through or have been through.