Ellen Geoffrion holds strong reverence for the transformations that occur within the counseling profession, and she greatly honors the courage that each of her clients develop as they face life's transitions. Ellen's warm and engaging style not only enables her clients to become aware of their limiting self-judgments, but also provides the necessary encouragement and tools for creating empowered, life-affirming repair and change. In their feedback, a wealth of Ellen's clients comment on the profound impact she has had on their lives.
Ellen believes that people have innate goodness and worth, coupled with the need to be seen and valued for their creativity and unique contributions. With her patient and innovative counseling methods, Ellen supports clients to remember and revitalize those aspects of themselves that may have become forgotten and lost.
In addition to her professional expertise in the medical field as a hospital and grief counselor, Ellen also has extensive experience working with adults, women's groups, adolescents, children and babies in a multitude of settings.
At Foundations Counseling, Ellen Geoffrion works with a variety of clients who seek services including:
- Children and Teens — anger and defiance, anxiety, apathy, autism spectrum, blended families, body image, creative therapies including art, movement, and play therapy, depression, developmental disabilities, effects of divorce, life coaching and goal setting, loss of a parent or loved one, school issues, self-esteem
- Life Transitions — career counseling, end-of-life and grief, life stages and cycles, miscarriage, natural and/or sudden death of a child, spouse, pet, or loved one, spiritual counseling, terminal illness
- Health and Wellness — anxiety, depression, gender identity, self-care, sexual identity, somatic / body image issues and trauma, stress
- Relationships and Families — adults with developmental disabilities, alternative relationships, communication, divorce recovery, engagement and wedding counseling, marital attachment counseling, parental coaching, pre-marital counseling, sexual issues, trauma recovery
Ellen earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Dance from Hollins University. Ellen is a nationally Registered Dance/Movement Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Through her counseling skills and background as a professional dancer and teacher, Ellen has worked with individuals - infants through 100 year-olds - offering interactive education on how neuroscience and psychology are connected to patterns in the body.
Ellen utilizes techniques in client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, existential psychology, attachment and psychodynamic theories. In addition, if a client is interested in receiving dance/movement therapy support at Foundations Counseling, Ellen will guide them through their own pacing with simple developmental movement, breath work, and stress reduction techniques, among many other strategies. Dance/movement therapy and other creative arts therapies (writing, art, music, play) can restore self-confidence and vitality, unlock developmental trauma, build healthy neural networks in the brain, lower stress and anxiety, and offer new insight and avenues for communication and expression.
Ellen has presented her original scientific research, and has published an article on the therapeutic use of movement with grieving children in the American Journal of Dance Therapy entitled, Moving Grief: Exploring Dance/Movement Therapists' Experiences and Applications with Grieving Children. Ellen has received extensive training in grief, loss, and body trauma through family experience, in addition to her offerings of spiritual and mental health counseling at St. Anthony Hospital, The Denver Hospice, and through intergenerational support groups. Ellen is well versed in educational systems, and has professional experience working with diverse populations and at-risk youth as a teacher and after-school counselor in Roanoke and Boston. Ellen has also received movement-based leadership training in life cycles with Melissa Michaels, Ed.D., as well as a two-year training in the Sawyer Method of Somatic Psychotherapy.