Integrating psychotherapy, medication management, body work & mindfulness for an encompassing and empowering approach to healing.
Ellie Antico, QMHA LPC Intern
My desire to be a therapist has grown, in part, from my love of stories and the way their telling helps bind us in the human condition. Struggle is universal. Through sharing our experiences with one another we’re able to make meaning, conquer shame, and feel connected. I’m honored that you’d consider sharing an intimate piece of your experience with me; I know it takes courage to reveal ourselves in this way. As a therapist I respect your strength and vulnerability, offering a safe, non-judgmental space to express your truth, explore, and heal.
I see therapy as a fundamentally collaborative process—you are the expert of your own life and I can provide compassionate witnessing, gentle challenge, and empathic guidance. Together we will get to know many parts of you. As we pay mindful attention to the pain, needs, fears, and desires of these parts, we can foster a greater sense of ease in your life and open new avenues to joy and fulfillment. Experience has taught me that people thrive when they feel seen and accepted. I will meet you wherever you are in your individual process or relational conflict and we will work from there. My approach is deeply humanistic, centering around the belief that all people have the innate capacity for insight, growth, and healing. Therapy is likely to include processing your thoughts and emotions, exploring your values, developing additional tools and resources, cultivating hope, achieving self-defined goals, celebrating your successes, and perhaps sharing a little laughter along the way.
I draw primarily from the Internal Family Systems model, with influences from Narrative Therapy, DBT, EFT, Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy, trauma-informed somatic awareness, and other modalities. Therapy is a little different for everyone and we will figure out what works best for you. I enjoy working with individuals and couples, especially around issues of trauma, anxiety, self-esteem, self-growth, life transitions, relationship configurations, communication, sexual difficulties, LGBTQQIA issues, societal oppression/equity, and spirituality.
I have experience working with a broad range of folks including adults living with severe and persistent mental illness, incarcerated mothers and their children, people performing sex work, and women experiencing intimate partner violence. I received my BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Rights from the University of California Berkeley. I went on to earn my MA in Marriage, Couples, and Family therapy from Lewis & Clark College, where I focused on Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy, sex therapy, and social justice.
I would be honored to join you in your journey!
I am supervised by Sarah Dobey, LPC & ACS.