Whether struggling with a mental health diagnosis, debilitating symptoms, or dealing with a life transition, Dr. Stacy Ellis believes therapy can assist individuals in overcoming life’s challenges.
Dr. Ellis utilizes an integrative and collaborative approach to therapy that is geared toward the social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of her clients. Dr. Ellis tailors treatment based on the specific goals of each client. Her focus is simple: empower her clients while facilitating growth and healing, encourage self-acceptance, and promote healthy relationships. She views the counseling relationship as an alliance between client and therapist based on mutual trust, integrity, and respect. Within the therapeutic relationship, Dr. Ellis holds clients’ confidentiality in high regard and provides a nonjudgmental and supportive environment.
Dr. Ellis has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and couples in private practice, residential treatment facilities, outpatient counseling centers, and community mental health settings. She has worked with the foster care population, individuals with substance abuse histories, and forensic populations. She also has experience treating individuals with a history of trauma (physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect as a child) and can use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients release the emotional hold of past hurtful experiences. EMDR is a technique used to help the brain reprocess difficult memories that are stored improperly in the brain. EMDR can be used to treat a multitude of challenges including PTSD, performance anxiety, phobias, grief, upsetting childhood events, and feelings of guilt and shame. (For more information on EMDR please see the EMDR section of this website).
When working with clients, Dr. Ellis is mindful and accepting of influences such as culture, religion, unique family systems, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. She recognizes each client's individuality and strives to provide an affirming environment. She also offers faith-based counseling for those who desire to incorporate their faith into therapy.
Dr. Ellis earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles, California.