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Jill M. Ellingson, MA, LMFT
It takes a lot of courage to come to counseling and work through life’s challenges. My first priority in working with you is to build a caring, empathetic and genuine relationship to promote an open environment for honest sharing and connection. One of the greatest human needs is to be fully understood by another human being. I will do my best to meet you in this place of understanding by listening, asking questions and developing a comfortable place where you can be heard and understood.
My combined education and background in both corporate leadership and counseling psychology contribute to my strengths as a therapist and helps promote a therapeutic atmosphere that is affirming and encouraging but also holds you accountable for the change you wish to see in your life.
Areas of Interest:
I am very experienced in and passionate about helping couples work through relationship challenges. Emotional disconnection, sexual issues, communication struggles, “roommate syndrome,” infidelity, addiction issues and social inequality are just a few of the common challenges most couples face at one time or another in their relationships. You don’t have to figure out solutions on your own! I bring an encouraging and balanced approach to couples counseling that includes exploring and affirming one another’s needs, forgiving past hurts and reconnecting hearts.
I am also a certified Prepare/Enrich premarital counselor and truly enjoy helping couples develop a realistic, strong and healthy foundation for their future together. We'll explore your growth areas and celebrate the strengths you each bring to your relationship. This is a very rewarding and fun experience!
I work with individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents seeking help or change in order to meet life's demands. With adults, I specialize in anxiety, depression, grief & loss, self-confidence, relationship struggles, life changes and career counseling. With teens, my strengths and experience are in self-harm, anxiety, depression, body image and belonging/friendship issues.
Whether you are struggling with misbehaving children, challenging teens, relationship issues with siblings, parents or blended families, all families have their unique dynamics and challenges. I believe that love is at the heart of most families; sometimes we just need help reconnecting and finding that common ground for the healing process to begin!
Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology – Adler Graduation School
Bachelor’s Degree in Business – Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota
Minnesota Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
North American Society for Adlerian Psychology