Ellen Mail, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist
Licensed in Indiana and Massachusetts
Offering In-Person, Virtual, and Walk & Talk Therapy
As a psychotherapist, I approach my work as an opportunity to accompany each client on their journey to the home within: a place of inner peace and sanctuary, calm and happiness. I enjoy providing therapy to couples and adults in all phases of life who are motivated to experience the effects that personal growth and improved coping can have on their emotional health, relationship satisfaction, and overall wellbeing.
My areas of expertise include life transition-related challenges (such as going to college, becoming a parent, caring for aging parents, changing careers), depression, anxiety, active and anticipatory grief, new diagnosis, and trauma. I also have extensive experience working with people living with cancer and other chronic illnesses, parents of children living with life-threatening or terminal illness, and parents who have experienced the death of a child. I enjoy providing therapy to new parents, young adults, couples, medical and mental health professionals, and caregivers. In addition, working with clients who want to add Walk and Talk Therapy to their treatment plan is of great interest to me as I believe the therapeutic potential is enhanced when mental health support is combined with physical activity.
The power of therapeutic relationship is well-established as the most effective component of therapy, and so I emphasize developing a positive client-therapist relationship rooted in empathy and respect, compassion and collaboration. My role is to create a safe therapeutic environment in which you feel seen and supported as you share your story and explore feelings so that we can work together to identify your unique needs and move towards healing.
I look forward to connecting and working together to help you find your home within.
Summary of Training
I earned a master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston University in 2018. My graduate studies included completion of course work in a variety of therapeutic modalities (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing) and an internship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I practiced medical social work for five years and supported patients and families navigating new diagnosis, chronic illness and end-of-life. I hold a certificate in palliative and end of life social work practice, and have participated in trainings related to grief and bereavement, adjustment to illness, and perinatal mood disorders. I have also completed training in walk and talk therapy, a modality that takes therapy out of the office setting and into nature while incorporating physical movement.
I practice from a person-centered, integrative therapy orientation to tend to each client’s unique needs and challenges. My therapy sessions incorporate a variety of evidenced-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and solution-focused strategies to help clients achieve their goals and improve overall coping and health. I also integrate emotionally focused therapy and Gottman's method into my work with couples.
Master of Social Work (MSW) from Boston University School of Social Work (2018)
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology from DePauw University (2010)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): Indiana License 34009332A
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW): Massachusetts License 123214
Palliative and End-of-Life Care Certificate through Smith College School for Social Work (Nov. 2021 – May 2022)
Intensive Course in Emotionally Focused Therapy: Attachment-based Interventions for Couples in Crisis (PESI, 2024)
Walk and Talk Therapy - Getting Started as a Walking Therapist (PESI, 2023)
Somatic Interventions for Grief (2023)
An Anti-Oppression Framework for Social Work Practice (SWHPN, 2023)
Mental Health in the Childbearing Year (Smith College School for Social Work, 2022)