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About Ellen (she/her)

I have lived in Santa Cruz since 2006 and am actively engaged in our community, socially and politically. I have been involved and volunteered with various organizations such as a suicide prevention hotline, an organization supporting immigrant communities, environmental and racial justice, and the LGBTQIA community (of which I am an "out" member). I have worked for several years with an organization that supports survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I enjoy being involved with our local community of therapists, and have served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) since 2016. 

Outside of my counseling work, I appreciate the frequent opportunity to travel in Latin America and am constantly studying Spanish. I actively train in various martial arts and have practiced insight meditation for over a decade. I studied accupressure, massage and enjoyed learning about medicinal herbs through the Holistic Health program at UC Santa Cruz. I am passionate about workers' rights and economic equality. I have two kitties named Frida Kahlo and Pinky.

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