Courageous Compassion Therapy

Individual, Couples


Sex Therapy Services


Meet Ellie

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, nonjudgmental space to express your truth, explore, and heal.

I work primarily from the Internal Family Systems model, which engages both the client's and therapist's innate capacities for courage and compassion as tools for transformation. My work also incorporates EMDR and several other approaches. Since therapy is a collaborative process, we'll figure out what fits best for you. I have experience working with people from all walks of life. I really enjoy working with individuals and couples, especially around issues of trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, personal growth, life transitions, relational conflict, communication, sexual difficulties, and societal oppression/equity. I am LGBTQ affirming and love working with LGBTQ couples and Trans folk.


 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 Sex Therapy, Couples Therapy, and social equity. I am currently a LMFT Registered Associate (#R6644) supervised by Morgan Fitz Gibbon, LMFT.


I would be honored to join you in your journey!


Why come to therapy?

It can help with


Ongoing feelings and sensations of uneasiness, worry, panic, dread, or overwhelm


Emotional and physical experience of sadness, despair, and sometimes emptiness


Intense negatives experiences that impact our ongoing sense of wellbeing and safety

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relational conflict

Our most intimate and important relationships often suffer from poor communication, upsetting dynamics, discrepant desires, ruptures of trust, and crises of commitment


Fundamental yet enigmatic element of human beings and our relationships

personal growth

Pursuing our best lives through self-exploration & development

And so much more...


"I believe that what we regret most are our failures of courage, whether it’s the courage to be kinder, to show up, to say how we feel, to set boundaries, to be good to ourselves."

— Brené Brown

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(503) 482-4810

6124 SE Milwaukie Ave Ste 101

Portland, OR 97202