Ellen Searle LeBel, LMFT, BC-DMT, CST-T

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
  - C.G. Jung

Individual psychotherapy often begins with an identified problem, conflict or symptoms that cause distress, interferes with managing your  daily life or affects personal relationships.  As a client, your first step is deciding to seek therapy, which means trusting both a therapist and the process. My initial task as a therapist is to offer a confidential environment in which I listen attentively and help you assess your situation. This is the beginning of establishing the temenos of therapy, which deepens over time as  we form a working alliance in an atmosphere of respect, caring and self discovery.

What are your reasons for considering therapy? Although there are many reasons people come to therapy, here are some of the areas I have particular experience working with: major life transitions, recent or past trauma, coping with loss and grief, conflict and communication in relationships, infertility, anxiety, depression, eating and body image issues and longer-term therapy for those interested in deeper self-exploration.

Successful therapy requires your commitment as well as  effort between sessions. Some issues resolve quickly and others may take many months or even years.  We create an initial plan and revise it as we continue, respecting your needs and situation.  Within this secure therapeutic relationship, you can develop awareness, experience emotional healing and increase your self-confidence in your life and relationships.

Most clients begin with a weekly session, although other arrangements are possible. A typical session is 50 minutes, but clients who wish to work intensively may  arrange for a longer time, and the fee is then adjusted. Most clients pay at the time of service, although I also do accept some insurance plans. Please contact me for more information about fees, insurance and appointment availability.