Ellen Oler, LCSW
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Ellen Oler

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Ellen Oler believes therapy is a collaborative process built on the client’s needs and objectives. Her role is to offer guidance and compassionate support as she shares tools and practices honed over nearly 40 years. She is informed by extensive, wide-ranging training and has experience working with individuals and couples, especially in substance abuse and recovery.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
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Finances
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$200-260
UnitedHealthcare
Oxford Health Plans
UMR
Oscar
UHC Student Resources
AllSavers UHC
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“My approach can be summed up as follows: Together, we plot the course of therapy based on the issues of most concern to you as well as on my observations of what would be most helpful to you.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As a young woman, my friends would call me their “therapist" because I am helpful by nature, insightful, caring, and a good listener. I flourished as I explored various approaches to therapy through training with mentors and in various disciplines, including Imago Relationship Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, mindfulness practice, and family systems. My work as a social worker in a mental health facility and in employee assistance programs led me to focus on targeted solution-based approaches with a diverse cohort of clients in the areas of personal growth, family of origin, and workplace.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach can be summed up as follows: Together, we plot the course of therapy based on the issues of most concern to you as well as on my observations of what would be most helpful to you. These observations are drawn from a broad spectrum of therapeutic tools and modalities and tailored to your individual needs and requests. At all times, a safe space is maintained within which to explore what is most significant to you; cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all advice is not my style. I'm equally effective working with individuals or couples who want to take ownership of their growth and progress. Couples therapy is often more structured, including homework exercises and skills training. Individuals also benefit from targeted skills and tools and I help all my clients develop a clear road map through the therapeutic process.
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What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am not complacent in my understanding of my role as an effective practitioner; I continue to expand my knowledge and techniques through ongoing professional development and learning. For example, recently I engaged in training centered on yoga and other practices for growth centered on the physical body. This has been both rewarding personally and of great value to my clients.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I've maintained my own spiritual health, literally from birth. I am conversant with, and interested in, a wide range of spiritual practices and beliefs. I support and encourage a client's desire to grow in this aspect of their lives even, if they wish, without pushing.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am encouraged by the openness to, and acceptance of, mental health care in today's world. This is a powerful way in which the world at large can become a better place.
Why would I choose you?
I am compassionate, warm, have a sense of humor, and I’m not afraid to demonstrate my care and concern for you.
“At all times, a safe space is maintained within which to explore what is most significant to you; cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all advice is not my style.”
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