Ellen Arledge is a licencesed clinical social worker with over 15 years experience as a psychotherapist and trainer. She has a Masters of Social Work degree from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She also has extensive training in bioenergetics, EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing), and trauma recovery. Ellen has published several chapters regarding care of the clinician doing trauma work and trauma recovery for sexual abuse survivors in addition to co-producing two videos regarding trauma interventions. She has also presented nationally and locally on various topics of interest.
Before returning to Roanoke, Ellen worked for many years as a clinical supervisor in a mental health agency in Washington, DC, which served persons with psychiatric illnesses, substance abuse and trauma histories.
Ellen is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and serves on the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge District of NASW-Virginia Chapter. She provides supervision for social workers as they work towards licensure. She also volunteers with Roanoke’s Mental Health Association Collaborative.
In her practice with the Manassas Group, Ellen works with adults living with depression, bi-polar disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual abuse histories, and substance abuse. She also sees couples, those dealing with divorce, relationship problems, grief, Post Partum Depression, and new mothers. Ellen is also interested in gay and lesbian issues and working with people from other cultures who are adjusting to a new country and recovering from their immigration experience.
Ellen is interested in helping her clients observe themselves and their patterns of reacting or behaving certain ways, and then to help people re-learn new ways of responding to life. Once a person has gained insight into themselves, they have the power to choose their next step and influence the life they want for themselves.
Ellen is available for presentations to other mental health providers and community groups and will develop presentations that best suite your needs.