Telehealth Available
Professions: Social Worker, Life Coach, Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Master's Social Worker Clinical and Macro
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

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Weekend Availability


31874 Northwestern Highway
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334
2531 Jackson Ave
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

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My Approach to Helping

As a social work ethics consultant, I use a model called "The 5 Pillars for Navigating the Social Work Ethics Maze" that I developed. This model includes referencing the NASW Code of Ethics and relevant standards for different practice areas as appropriate. I consult with individual social workers and clinics and help them develop best practices from a social work ethics perspective. I, also, provide training for social workers on a variety of topics.

Having completed the Core Supervision training through Michigan-NASW, I provide social work supervision for LLMSW social workers who are seeking supervision as a requirement for getting their LMSW. My 30+ years of experience in the field is used to provide this supervision combined with my experience in helping social workers navigate ethical challenges. I also provide field supervision for MSW students.

As a social work therapist, I look at the whole person and works with each person to design a treatment plan that is in your best interests regardless of who you are. I use a variety of modalities including but not limited to: journaling; art, nature, music, cognitive-behavioral and talk therapy. The modalities used is determined with you based on your comfort level, experience, motivation, and need. I also use my own life experience when appropriate to help support you on your life journey.

As a divorceparenting timecustody coach and consultant, I use my experience as a mediator since 1996, parenting coordinator, therapist and parent to assist parents with their parenting or co-parenting struggles. the goal is to cooperatively create resolution that is fair and equitable to parents and their children as much as possible. I also provide consultation to family law attorneys.

In addition, I provide consultation and support in elder care cases and helping people navigate the challenges of caring for aging parents and other family members.

More Info About My Practice

Ellen Craine has more than 30 years of experience in working with individuals and families in a variety of areas. She has over 25 years of experience as a parenting coordinator and mediator. Ellen is an author, associate producer, and effective educator and trainer. To learn more about Ellen Craine visit www.crainecounseling.com

My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy

The purpose of psychotherapy is to empower people to resolve issues in their life on their own. It is also to provide emotional support, but not to create a dependency on the therapist.

My Guiding Ethical Principles

I feel particularly adept at helping people work through loss and grief issues related to death, divorce, separation because of my vast experience in working with clients in these areas and my own personal experiences.
I am also very skilled at assisting social workers navigate ethical dilemmas via my vast experience as a prior ethics committee member for the MI-NASW and years of teaching and consulting in this area.

Services I Provide

Ages I Work With

  • Children
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Consultation in family law cases related to parenting time and custody cases
    Loss and grief related to diagnosis of cancer (pediatric and adult) regardless of prognosis
    grief related to divorce or separation
    Relationship coaching
    Caregiver stress
    supervision for LLMSW social workers
    Ethics consultations for social workers
    Workshops for social workers on a variety of topics including informed consent and subpoenas; see website for full list of workshops: www.crainecounseling.com

Industries & Communities Served

  • Education
  • First Responder/Medical Professionals
  • Self-Employed and Freelance Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Academic Concerns
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Breakup
  • Cancer
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Elder Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Parenting
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

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