Ellie Whiteaker, MA

Do you have a tough time verbalizing difficult times in your life? Do you feel like you need better insight into why you’re feeling the way you do? Or maybe you need help changing certain habits. If so, Art Therapy is a great place to start, it will give you the space you need to discover yourself.

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and young adults who experience mood dysregulation, working through trauma, feeling stuck in unhealthy habits, low mood, and those who need a space to be themselves without judgment and explore who they are through art.

My role as your therapist is to provide support, create a safe environment, lend an empathetic ear, ask questions, explore the effects of different emotions, and understand your point of view-everyone experiences life in different ways and it’s important to understand what your personal lens looks like. Your role is to be open-minded to change and hopefully transition unhealthy habits to healthier ones. Let’s explore what you think needs to change and how to work together to achieve your goals.

I use a client-centered approach, informed by CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. While utilizing Art Therapy as a way to help discover something new about yourself, take pressure off talking one-on-one, and help free the mind-allowing new skills to be brought into your life.

I earned my Bachelors degree in Psychology and Studio Arts at Hamline University and my Masters degree in Art Therapy and Counseling at Adler Graduate School. I am currently perusing my LPCC.

SPECIALTIES

Anxiety

Depression

Children

Adolescents

Trauma

ADHD

Self-Esteem

Emotional Dysregulation

Identity and self-exploration

Self-harm

Relationships

Interpersonal issues

education

M.A- Adler Graduate School

B.A.- Hamline University

clinical experience

CARE Counseling (Present)

Prairie Care Partial Hospitalization Program

Internship at Fairview Partial Hospitalization Program

Internship at Brooklyn Middle School and Fair Oaks Elementary School

In network with

CARE’s Clinicians are In-Network with a variety of providers including:

  • BCBS – Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • MHCP – MA
  • Medical Assistance
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare
  • HealthPartners
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Hennepin Health

Additionally, Out of Network & Out of Pocket options are available.

resources

Understanding research and the root cause of common psychological issues is a great first step to creating a healthier you!

What is Trauma and How Can Therapy Help? Trauma Handout