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I help people who are ready for change and are prepared to look within themselves for the answers that have felt hidden in the past. I help people to develop systems and practices that support their resilience, and to build trust within themselves to find the answers they seek.

I help people to come into grounded confidence, to meet life where they're at, with the skills to navigate even the gnarliest of storms. It is my goal that each person I work with come to the truth for them that they are worthy of beauty and abundance, at home, work, in relationships, families, and life.


We may not always be presented with proof of this worthiness, but we can build it.

I work with my clients privately 1:1 and also work with organizations seeking to invest in their people from staff to management to executive teams.

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About Ellen

I'm a "deep feeler" who feels and reads between the lines of pattern and story innately and I work with each person in ways and means best tailored to them. While I do have key elements in mind for every coaching partnership I enter into, there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach for each person. In my coaching relationships I connect with each individual with heart, integrity, and intention.

There are three cornerstones I use as a frame to support each person on their unique path, and depending where a person is on their path I highlight or bring focus in on these areas as needed to shore up their foundation as they begin to dig in on personal transformation work. These three cornerstones are:

  • Healthy Boundaries

  • Discernment

  • Energy Management


These three principles interrelate with one another, each supporting the strength of the other. I have discovered on my own path that when I feel out of balance or ungrounded, it is often because one of these three things has not been attended to in a meaningful way for some period of time. My goal is to coach the people I work with from this framework so they too can more easily bring themselves back into alignment more and more easily with practice.

From a foundation here, I work with each person to guide them to a more solid understanding of the origin stories of their limiting beliefs, painful patterns, or stuck points. Working together we then identify the antidotes and strategies to release them, moving from intellectual understanding to felt experience. Moving from limited towards limitless, from weighted down towards effortless.


To put the coaching into practice, once my clients have had time to reflect on their patterns and stories, I support each person to start to learn to identify the wisdom and gifts within their challenges and also the innate wisdom and knowledge that they hold within themselves (their Inner Light). I support their progress in learning to unpack these insights and how to allow and receive this kind of knowledge, how to discern it, and ultimately trust it to help develop their ongoing development and strategies for their success moving forward.

From people working through their blocks with their financial story to building the mental bridge to leap from their current career to launching a business, to supporting emerging leaders as they step into management and executive leadership with grace, I meet my clients where they are, and work with them with accessible language and tools tailored for them.

Lastly, and certainly not least, guiding me in my work is my deep connection to spirit. Spirit, higher power, higher self, higher consciousness, or even God, I use these terms inter-changeably. While I am not rooted in any religious tradition I am a deeply spiritual person, very interested and always tuning in to the messages from Spirit that I receive through meditation, and the gifts I have with clear feeling and clear sight within my mind's eye.

I see the way I'm working and have been guided to work with others as a part of my life path. I receive great joy from my work with my clients, sharing in their emerging accomplishments, and being present with them in unpacking what has been hard to see for a long time. As a coach I feel I am singing when I work, I feel that together with my clients we are creating a healing space together that is bigger than our individual components, and that ushers in the space for greater things to unfold.

It is a gift, honor and privilege to work in this way with people, and I take it with equal measures of humility and seriousness as well as humor and joy.

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Ellen's coaching provided me with the piece I'd been missing: managing energy and boundaries to help me move forward. Ellen amazed me with her ability to listen - deeply and compassionately - to hear what I needed and where I was stuck. She designed projects and experiences that taught me how to self-heal and release patterns and energy that no longer serve me.  There is some magic flowing through Ellen; she is truly connected to the Universe.  I feel so grateful to Ellen for the insight and self-awareness she has empowered me to cultivate and I highly recommend her, especially if you feel "stuck."  Those who know and partner with Ellen recognize what light and joy and wisdom she brings to any interaction. Thank you, Ellen!

Sarah Woodard, Los Angeles, CA

"I came into this work really craving one on one discussions that went deep. Where I could set down the balls in the air and take stock of my priorities and goals. I also wanted to work with someone who wasn’t following a strictly prescribed model, but who excelled in being agile and personal. Someone who brought joy and an inquisitive spirit to the table. Fortunately, I found just this person with Ellen.

My sessions with Ellen allowed me to move at a pace unique to where I was at each day. I loved having sessions focused on homework and moving forward with key questions, and I also deeply appreciated the flexibility to have unstructured sessions that simply met me where I was at. I also loved starting sessions with a guided meditation, it is so key!

As I move forward after working with Ellen, each day I feel an intentional practice is becoming habit. I ask myself, how am I showing up in this moment? What does generosity and curiosity look like right now? As this habit of inquiry becomes deeper and more ingrained in my day, I find myself laughing more, standing taller, and having more grace with myself and others."

Jessica McDonald, Corvallis, OR

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"Ellen gets it. She knows the fear that comes from launching forward to pursue your dreams and understands that taking one motion after another requires courage.


In sessions with Ellen some of the most useful moments are when she repeats back what she hears me saying while nudging me forward.


She's intuitive and gives me visual descriptions of what is possible that help me think of new possibilities and opportunities that I had not thought of before.


She is sharp, enthusiastic and brings humor to the work."

Dr. Tia Ho, PhD, Portland, OR

"Ellen was recommended to me while I was searching to come more into my power and discover how I wanted to expand in my career. Ellen immediately saw my monkey mind and called it - compassionately and lightheartedly.


In the sessions I had with her, she introduced me to a completely different method of decision making, for me, cutting out my chatter. She provided me with tools to center myself and get to the root of my values.


I am still digesting what I learned and practicing the techniques we co-created (an important way she coaches, listening to her clients internal wisdom).


Meeting with her was a pivotal point in my path - learning to listen to myself and feel my decisions, rather than scramble to "figure them out." Thank you, Ellen!"

Hannah Edlefsen, Portland, OR

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"I worked with Ellen over a few months in a trying time in my career. Having someone to recognize my wave-length where personal growth and awareness was concerned kept me accountable to my goals and the processes needed to reach them.

Ellen helped me to identify resisting thoughts and behaviors which blocked my progress and gave me tools to change my habits on a moment to moment basis.

Every session was like talking to my best friend who just "gets me". Like a slingshot of positivity, Ellen was an amazing coach."

Dacia Arnold, Denver, CO

A Little More About Ellen

I grew up in Colorado and Texas with parents who grew up in Chicago and South Korea.

I worked for seasonally for three years with the national park service building trails at Rocky Mountain National Park where I learned to use a punjar rock drill and assemble granite rock steps with dry masonry techniques.

I felt like I majored in guiding hiking and backpacking trips for the outdoor program where I worked and went to school (University of Texas at Austin), but really I majored in geography.

I convinced myself a worthy candidate and got a job guiding on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon with zero river guiding experience when I was 23 years old. They sent me on a two-week training trip through the Grand Canyon that spring and then let me row baggage boats the next two seasons.

I lived/studied in the Brazilian Amazon for 5 months and learned enough Portuguese to be mistaken as an Asian-Brazilian from another part of the country with a strange accent.

Afterwards I learned Spanish by working with Spanish speaking youth for four years who told me I spoke Spanish like a Brazilian. They helped me tidy things up.

I learned how to ski by throwing myself down a mountain following very good skiers. Actually, when that didn't work, I finally took a women's ski clinic and that improved things immeasurably.

I've lived in Oregon since 2008 and remember being at a Timbers game (pre MLS) where the entire population in the stadium was bigger than the town I had just moved from (Jackson, WY).

I started a graduate program at Portland State University in 2009 and ended up with masters degree in urban and regional planning by the end of it. I proceeded to have a series of formative and rewarding experiences working in planning, facilitation, public process and community engagement that led me ultimately back to where I am today: doing my own thing.

Today I have two kids, whom I homeschool in tandem with my husband, who is an abdominal transplant nurse (think liver and kidneys). We definitely adopted a dog in 2020.

Here's a picture of our sweet pup when we got him in May 2020 as a mini marshmallow floof.

He's creeping up on 60 pounds now. Still looks like a marshmallow floof.

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