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Jana Ellingwood, MSW, LSWAIC
“My approach believes in the importance of providing a safe, welcoming, and supportive therapeutic space where you will be seen, heard, and believed. I believe that personal challenges can offer an opportunity to reflect, grow, and heal when those experiences are processed in meaningful ways. I use multiple modalities based on your specific needs and draw from trauma-informed, narrative, and strengths-based theories. You can expect a safe space to be yourself, slow down, look at experiences from a different perspective, and learn how to apply new skills in your life. I offer a blend of warmth, compassion, and insightfulness to our work and truly believe everyone is worthy and capable of becoming who they desire to be within themselves and with others. ”
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Everyone brings a unique perspective and your voice matters. My passion is to provide you with the knowledge, support, and tools to make positive changes within yourself and your relationships. Your previous experiences have created patterns and stories and our time together will explore how those thoughts, behaviors, and actions have impacted and influenced your life. Leaning into the process, feeling vulnerable and working towards change can feel overwhelming. You are not alone and part of our work will include highlighting your strengths and positive attributes that will support and ground you in this journey.
I am trained in evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as The Gottman Method Level 1 & 2 of Couples Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and more.
I am a born and raised Seattleite and growing up you could find me either being a fish or on the soccer field. I went on to play college soccer for a small liberal arts school in New York, majoring in psychology and I understand the benefits and struggles that come with competitive athletics. Drawing from my passion for sports, I went to Seattle U for my first Master’s which focused on leadership and communication. This offered great opportunities and experiences to work with a variety of populations including children, teenagers, and adults. In recent years, my focus shifted towards supporting families and parents, especially new mothers and was a group facilitator for PEPS (Program for Early Parental Support) which offers small support groups for first-time parents and their newborn babies.
After having children, I knew I wanted to support individuals, couples, families and youth seeking mental health support. Seattle U wasn’t done with me yet and I went back for my Master’s in Social Work (MSW). Prior to joining this practice, I was at Seattle Children’s Hospital Diabetes Clinic where I engaged in therapy for youth and families as they adjusted to a new chronic health condition and have gained tremendous knowledge and respect for those experiencing any kind of health struggle.
I crave a life that balances adventure and stillness. I love being outdoors, going on walks with friends, and the occasional zipline adventure. I also find joy in watching movies or reading all day (with coffee, always with coffee) and I’m grateful our kiddos offer my husband and I the experiences of stillness and adventure.