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-Children, Adolescents & Adults (age 3+)
-Serious mental illness
Ellen is in-network with Premera, Cigna, First Choice, Regence LifeWise, Anthem and other Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans and can also bill in network with Kaiser HMO with a single case agreement. Please be aware that Protea Wellness cannot accept insurance for couple's therapy.
50-minute session for individuals: $195
50-minute session for families: $195;
80-minute session for couples: $295.
Ellen Carruth, LMHC
"We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”
-Carl Rogers, A Way of Being
I believe that growth happens in relationship.
It is my job, as a counselor, to establish an empathic “container” that we both can enter. Within this container, there is psychological connection, safety, and permission. There is permission for you to take the risks that you might need to take to move more closely to authentic living. Through our relationship, I hope to offer you the space, the freedom, and the agency to be your full, authentic self.
I enjoy working with people who are open to exploring their own realities and determining their own purpose. I also enjoy connecting with people who are interested in learning more about themselves and those who are searching for authentic connection with those they love. I feel privileged to work with clients who are striving to move beyond their own woundedness, and into supportive, authentic connections.
I approach counseling from a person-centered and developmental stance; I believe that the primary therapeutic tool is the counselor-client relationship. In order to establish a safe, therapeutic relationship, I meet my client in their current state, whether that is a developmental stage, an emotional state of mind, or an intellectual capacity. I also believe that counseling is a collaborative process, and that my approach to the process will change, depending upon the client’s needs at the time. My primary goal is to support clients in leading a self-directed life; one in which they feel free to be their authentic self.
I believe that the work of helping must begin with deep reflection. From this reflective place, I can approach relationships with my clients with humility and curiosity. To work from a stance of anti-oppression, I constantly reflect on and interrogate my own biases, my own privilege, and the danger of my privilege as a white person. I recognize that with privilege comes responsibility. I acknowledge that we each have multiple identities that will impact our experiences in the world, and that your identities and experiences are yours. It is a privilege to accompany you on your own journey toward liberation and wellness.
My identities are fluid regarding gender, gender expression, sexual preference, and romantic attractions. I have a chronic health disability, and have lived experience as a fat person. I also grew up in a religiously conservative area of the country. Throughout my career, I have worked to understand the impact of those oppressive structures on their development, both personally and professionally. I strive to live congruently, and believe that I can best serve others by allowing my humanness to enter the healing space.
Professional training & memberships...
I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State. Since finishing my formal education, I have spent time working in the mental health system in Washington and have used my experiences as a clinician to inform my practice as an instructor and supervisor. I began my career as a music therapist and bring my unique approach of using the creative arts into my work with clients. I identify as a lifelong learner and appreciate that this work allows for constant growth.