Ellie was born and raised in mid-Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2014 and her Master’s in Clinical Social Work in 2017 from Michigan State University. Since her licensure in the states of Michigan and North Carolina, Ellie has been blessed with the opportunities to work in various therapeutic settings with different populations including adolescents, young adults, older adults and the elderly. Over the years in the helping profession, Ellie has successfully helped clients make desired and necessary changes, find more meaning and purpose and effectively cope with challenging emotions, stress, and adversity. Ellie has developed an extensive amount of experience working with individuals and their families struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, suicidal ideation, attachment disorders, and low self-image. Ellie is compassionate, competent, energetic and driven at the work she does in therapy. She utilizes a strengths-based, supportive and interactive therapeutic style, drawing from a combination of several modalities including, but not limited to, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
During Ellie’s work as a clinical social worker, she has gained the experience of providing therapeutic services in non-profit agencies, private and group practice settings, and most recently, residential treatment program. During Ellie’s Master’s program, she worked with women and children of domestic violence/sexual assault where she provided counseling and advocacy services. Immediately following the completion of the graduate program, Ellie joined two different group practices – one practice was located near Michigan State University and the other practice was located in Asheville, North Carolina. Both group practices provided Ellie with great experience in working with a variety of populations including young adults (e.g., college students), older adults, and the geriatric population. Within these groups of people Ellie served, she had many opportunities to counsel individuals, couples, and families. Prior to Ellie’s venture out to the beautiful state of Utah in December of 2018, she held the position of the primary therapist at a residential treatment program for adolescents with eating disorders in Western North Carolina. Although Ellie has always had a heart and strong desire for helping individuals who struggle with eating disorders, this particular experience truly ignited her passion for working with the adolescent population in a residential setting. Ellie strongly believes in the healing and change that therapy can bring people, and she is genuinely excited to add the dynamic of various forms of experiential therapy to her work with adolescents in Utah. Ellie is a true outdoors and nature-lover at heart and believes in the power of tapping into the creative and deeper part of self that helps individuals develop a better sense of who they are and process inner conflicts they may be experiencing.
Fun fact about Ellie: Prior to pursuing her Master’s degree and obtaining her license to practice as a therapist, she had many years of experience in working with individuals and families who struggle with compulsive hoarding disorder. Ellie and her mother started a business together about 10 years ago called “Hoarding Pros” and their motto was, “We help you get your life back.” Ellie has been featured on the TLC show, “Hoarding Buried Alive”, and she thoroughly enjoyed helping this population regain their motivation and purpose to live the best quality of lives they truly desire and deserve while striving to reach their goals and full potential. Helping others fulfill their dreams and encouraging them to keep moving forward despite potential barriers and challenges has always been Ellie’s passion and continues to be at the heart of her therapeutic work.
Outside of her work in the therapeutic setting, Ellie enjoys exploring new areas and going on spontaneous adventures with her husband. Together, they discovered their passion for outdoor recreation, specifically hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and camping. They believe in the many physical and mental health benefits outdoor recreation offers and these many activities allow them to spend quality time together while doing things they love and appreciate. Ellie and her husband have one cat named Skippy who they absolutely adore and spoil like crazy! Ellie is naturally very social and she likes to always be around and engage with others. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and never turns down the opportunity to meet more people and develop new friendships wherever she goes.