Hi, I'm Ellen.​


Through intentional listening, direct questioning, and a compassionate and empathic spirit, I help my clients to navigate transition, get unstuck, and put themselves back into the center of their life.

I'm here for you.


I work with people who are navigating tricky spots - be it emerging into director-level leadership, starting a new business, or starting to expand with their ability to dream bigger dreams for themselves.

What's central to these varied scenarios is creating space.

Space to breathe.

A pause, if you will.

Because it's within the pause that distractions can finally fall by the wayside, and the truth has space to emerge.

This is what I help my clients do.

I work with folks who are in many ways relentless in their commitment to their causes, who wear responsibility like a cloak of armor, and have an ongoing tension with the role of perfectionism in their lives. They are the ones who "do" and "get it done" in their fields of work, communities and families. 

They do a lot for others, and are coming to understand the need for space for themselves in order to expand and grow, themselves.

Coupled with this, they may identify with over-achievement, challenges in work/life balance, and at the same time, a sense of "not-enoughness" or imposter syndrome, particularly when deciding to branch out further into an area of growth where there is not yet deep experience (though there is often unrecognized expertise).  

I help my clients to clear the clutter of distractions, ongoing mental chatter and limiting beliefs to allow space for what's true to emerge.

It can be a vulnerable process, and this is where I help the most.

My clients know me as compassionate, empathetic, trustworthy and intuitive.

I like to tug on multiple threads of pattern within a story from a client to find commonalities that help to tell the story at a deeper level. In order to move forward, we have to discover also what's caught and untangle it.

I have a knack for reading the subtext running beneath any given pattern or situation, and through conversation, metaphor and at times visualizations, I help give light to the root causes of situations.


This is not just trying to modify, adjust or control surface behaviors and tendencies, this is identifying and deconstructing the origin of patterns that don't work for my clients today.

From here, they can move forward with more ease, unencumbered.

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Think of it like free coaching and learning while you're on the go. I recently received a message that my podcast episodes were helping someone to feel anchored and ready for their job interview the next day. I don't even have an episode on that! (At least not yet). I love the far reaching support that these episodes provide. Give it a try yourself to see.

Inner Light with Ellen is available on Apple podcasts, or wherever you listen.

What My Clients Say

(don't just take my word for it...)

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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

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