An almost concise story of Ellen

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Who am I?

Registered Psychotherapist. Former lawyer.  Outside the box thinker who understands the practicalities, realities, and constraints of everyday life without losing connection to ideas, inspiration, and our capacity to design possibilities. I assist clients in coping with the shit that’s here now. I help individuals gain strategies to live in the middle ground until change is possible. 

Academic Credentials

Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology, Adler University (Vancouver, BC campus)


Juris Doctor, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC)


Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Political Science, Concordia University (Montreal, Qc)

Professional Registrations

Registered Psychotherapist, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario


Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors


Canadian Certified Counsellor, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association


(Past) Call to the Bar of British Columbia 

Where I've worked in Mental Health

I started my career in public mental health in Vancouver, BC, working at the intersections of trauma, addictions, and homelessness. I worked on interdisciplinary teams with psychiatrists assessing bipolar, psychosis, schizophrenia, acute depression, and anxiety. I followed up on patients who were released from hospital emergency rooms after presenting with suicidal thoughts. 


My dual career path has had many opportunities to merge: I worked as a community mental health clinician within a probation team at Vancouver's Community Court; I provided individual mental health counselling to law students as an embedded Student Success and Wellness Counsellor at an Ontario law school; and finally, within my private practice, I support lawyers and articling students, and facilitate mental health discussions onsite at law firms. 


During grad school for counselling, I interviewed women who left the practice of law for my thesis. You can read a summary of my findings within a peer reviewed journal article: http://cjcdonline.ca/download/nonpracticing-female-lawyers-why-did-they-leave-and-where-are-they-now/  I also worked within vocational consulting where I was mentored by a therapist/career counsellor. These combined with my own career change have lent me to be skilled at holding career conversations. 


I’ve also had the opportunity to adjunct teach within graduate programs of Counselling Psychology and Organizational Psychology, teaching counselling theories, counselling skills, and career counselling courses. I’ve spoken about these topics and more at many conferences. 

Where I've worked in Law

I articled at a national firm. I was a research consultant for Indigenous ligation claims. While in law school, I enjoyed working as a research assistant within family law. 

Things I like

I like art, design, and living in small spaces. The images on this website are from travel photos I took of building murals that captured my attention in the cities of Montreal, Washington DC, Kochi (India), Havana, and Mexico City.