Ellie has a Masters in Clinical Counseling and School Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. She comes to Ascend after working the past 7 years serving the community mental health population in Oregon. She initially focused her practice in the inpatient setting working with children and their mothers struggling with addiction. This experience then broadened her interest in early childhood trauma and its’ effect on neurodevelopment. She practiced psychotherapy in the outpatient setting for 6 years working with children and adolescents who struggled with post-traumatic stress, mood disorders and various developmental neurocognitive delays. Ellie continues to be in awe with the human psyche’s drive to survive and persevere.  Her experiences working with children and adolescents who have been sexually and/or physically abused led her to become a voice for those who are silenced by abuse. She began her training in 2015 in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and will soon be a certified EMDR clinician. Ellie’s therapeutic practice and understanding of trauma guides her work with her patients at Ascend as she helps her patients uncover negative core beliefs that lead to addiction.

Ellie loves spending time outdoors discovering new running trails and can be found hiking on the weekends with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.