Ellen Meystedt, LPC-A Supervised by Karen Burke LPC-S
Welcome, I’m Ellen! Thank you for taking the time to be here. It takes a very brave person to step into therapy, and oftentimes, once one does the benefits are positively life changing. I encourage you to take that step.
As a therapist, I use a client-centered approach. This means that I meet my clients where they are, rather than pressuring or rushing them to change. I provide my clients the time, the tools, and the opportunity to grow into their full potential. Each person is unique, as are their goals. I believe in the power of empathy, genuineness, and connection, and allow this to be the foundation of our work together.
I specialize in play therapy and sand tray therapy with children ages 2-12. Areas that I help my clients improve upon are emotion regulation, communication, grief & loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. In my work with children, I include the parents as well. I offer parents the tools and the opportunity to incorporate new ideas at home and build upon their connection with their children. Parenting is the hardest job in the world, and as such, we often need help navigating this. I aim to help families find more compassion and cohesion as a whole and assist children in achieving their full potential.
In my work with teens and adults (whether that be individual, couples, or family therapy), I often use a combination of client-centered, solution-focused, and strengths-based techniques. Areas that I help my clients improve upon are communication, grief & loss, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Based on the ages and goals of my clients, I may incorporate activities that I hope to be beneficial as well.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Southeast Missouri State University in 2017. After working in this field for several years, I made the transition to study psychology. I received my Master’s degree in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in 2021. During my Master’s program, I worked part-time as a nanny. Having the wonderful opportunity to work as a nanny has provided me with very valuable experience and education that I consistently use today when seeing children and parents in a therapeutic setting.
I enjoy spending my free time with family, friends, and snuggling the light of my life – my Yorkie pup named Gena. I like to be surrounded by nature, travel to new places, watch movies TV shows, read for pleasure (I’m a big Harry Potter fan), and bake.
Areas of Expertise
Areas of Expertise
- Children & Teens
- Young Adults
- Depression and Anxiety
- Life Transitions
- Communication Issues
- Body Image
- Grief & Loss Attachment Issues
- Sand Tray
- Play Therapy