ellen oldham, ms
doctoral student in clinical psychology
supervised by kelleigh head, psyd
Ellen is a doctoral practicum student working on a PsyD in Clinical Psychology, and is under the supervision of Dr. Kelleigh Head. She holds a B.Ed. in Elementary Education (specializing in French Immersion), and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has worked with clients of all ages in a variety of settings, including adolescents, soldiers, sex offenders, PTSD groups, people with sexual difficulties and dysfunctions, couples, and developmentally disabled adults. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and the Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy, and is working toward AASECT certification as a Sex Therapist and Educator.
Ellen is a transplant from Canada who married an American soldier, and has lived in five different countries and traveled extensively. As a result of these rich cultural experiences, Ellen makes every effort to maintain a culturally-sensitive approach to therapy. She believes that a person’s subjective personal history is at the center of who that person is, and that everyone is a product of their life experiences. Every single person comes to therapy with their own unique story. Ellen tries to understand the distinct historical and cultural context of each of her clients, to accept them for who they are, and to learn from them so she can meet them where they are in life. From there, she encourages and helps to facilitate personal growth, development, and achievement of personal goals.
Ellen recognizes and appreciates the courage it takes to seek therapy and ask for help. With this in mind, she treats each client with respect and unconditional positive regard while creating a safe, judgment-free environment. She strives for a collaborative therapeutic relationship to create change, transformation, empowerment, and choices. In other words — Ellen works with her clients to reach their goals and move towards the life they want to live.