Ellen Geddes

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I (she/her) have provided therapeutic services for over ten years in a variety of settings with individuals across the lifespan. I have worked with children and teens in a school setting who have emotional and social challenges, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and Emotional Disabilities. I have co-led overnight therapeutic wilderness trips for teens with behavioral issues. I have also worked with individuals and couples in private practice who struggle with unresolved trauma from abuse, neglect or abandonment and the effect those experiences may have on them currently.

My interest is building a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients that will serve as a solid foundation for openly exploring the challenges they face. My approach is strength-based and trauma-informed, while acknowledging the innate connection between mind and body. I apply my training in mind body-oriented therapies to explore how developmental trauma, (a lack of nurturing, healthy boundaries, and/or consistency from early ) can limit our sense of self, relationships, and health. I also incorporate the latest research to understand and manage chronic pain. When working with children and teens, I enjoy play and art therapy to help kids express themselves, learn how to cope with emotions, peers, and school pressures. I enjoy supporting children and their parents to improve their communication and understanding of one another.

I am passionate about social justice for underserved populations. I consider the significant role that racial injustice, societal norms, cultural expectations, and family systems have upon the individual. I believe our community is stronger and more beautiful because of individual differences and diverse experiences. I desire to build an inclusive community that celebrates the unique character and abilities of all people.


Education and Credentials

  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology Argosy University, Phoenix, Arizona, 2018
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) Somatic Experiencing International 2021
  • Advanced Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) Core Skills Training

What specific modalities do you practice and are you certified?

I draw on my training in Somatic Experiencing to guide clients towards renegotiating past trauma that may be stored in their body. I also practice elements of Emotion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to integrate healing of the body, mind and spirit.

What do you like to do when you are not working? What do you do for fun?

I like to spend time with friends and family. I enjoy being outdoors, exploring festivals and different parts of Chicago.

What are you excited about? What is your passion?

I am passionate about the awareness that the younger generations have. I am excited to be involved in the process of radically redefining what true equality and opportunity means in our society.

What do you want to learn more about?

I am interested in learning more about other cultures’ approach to healing and how they incorporate plant medicine into their practices.

What do you like about being a therapist?

I am naturally drawn to nurture others. I like to connect with people in a meaningful way, celebrate their accomplishments and stand with clients as they face the harsh realities of life. I receive great satisfaction witnessing a client’s growth.

What’s your “go to” creative or restorative outlet?  

When I am in nature, especially around trees, I feel a deep sense of peace as I connect with the beauty and wisdom of the natural world. It helps me rest and experience my place within the spiritual world.

I work with

  • Children (7-12)
  • Adolescents (11-17)
  • Emerging adults (17-24)
  • Adults
  • Older adults

Therapeutic Modalities

  • Relational-Cultural
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Feminist
  • Cognitive Behavioral (ages 7-17)

Areas of Interest

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and Mood
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Emotional issues
  • Parenting Concerns
  • Identity Development
  • Spiritual
  • Relationship Concerns

What do you do for self-care?

  • Spending time in nature
  • Therapy
  • Art quilting
  • Baking
  • Walks to the lake
  • Movement
  • Spending time with family
  • Laughing

Favorite podcasts, books or blogs

  • Circle of Stones– Judith Duerk
  • Pioneer Women- Voices from the Kansas Frontier by Joanna L Stratton
  • When Things Fall Apart- Pema Chodron
  • The Overstory– Richard Powers

Individuals / Authors / Theorists who have influenced my work

  • Jean Baker Miller
  • Janine Fisher
  • Peter Levine
  • Steven Porges
  • Carl Jung
  • Pema Chodron

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