Ellen Wijnberg

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ellen Wijnberg

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker - 57957
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Optum
  • Optum/United Health Care
  • OSCAR
  • Oscar Health Insurance Co.
  • UMR
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

Boyd, Texas 76023
Haslet, Texas 76052

My Approach to Helping

"A failure is not a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying." BF Skinner.

You are a unique individual and you and I will work together in the first session to develop an individualized treatment plan that is created specifically for you.

I have 30+ years of experience as a therapist. All this experience is working for you because no matter what your issues or problems are it's very likely that I've worked with and helped successfully many people who are similar. However you are unique and your therapy will be all about you.

In my experience, everyone who is motivated for treatment and wants to feel better will achieve their goal. You will too.

Therapy is NOT about a therapist telling you what to do. It's about YOU being in the driver's seat of your own life and getting where you want to go. I simply assist you going there.

I am not the kind of therapist that sits there taking notes and then asks how you feel. Whether you are new to therapy, or have been frustrated by past therapy not working — I think you will find me easy to talk to. I am respectful creative and fun. Yes, I said fun.

Some people have the idea that therapy is about sitting in a therapist's office and crying. You may cry at times — who knows? But you will also laugh and have fun. Because it is fun when you start feeling better.

I am proud and grateful that I have been in therapy myself at different points in my life. I have seen excellent therapists who helped me lead a happier, more productive life. A therapist can help you see things with objectivity that you can't see on your own.

When I was a young therapist in training it was mandated you have therapy yourself so that you did not inflict your personality problems on your patients. Everyone has personality problems — we are all human. Nowadays most therapists do not have their own therapy. I think this is a big mistake. I know what it feels like to be in therapy as a client, and I know what it feels like to be a therapist. All of that works to your advantage.

The relationship with your therapist is primary. It doesn't matter what type of therapy a therapist uses, if you don't feel comfortable with the therapist — it’s not going to work. All kinds of clients have told me that they really enjoy me as a person and working with me. All ages of adults, all genders, all ethnicities. You will know within the first session whether you like me and want to work with me or not. I think you will.

I have worked with many people; civilians, active duty military, and veterans with a full range of behavioral health problems from depression, anxiety, OCD, and other behavioral health diagnoses. I am also a specialist in treating PTSD and trauma.

I only use (and I am extensively trained in) “evidence-based therapy” which means research backs up that it works.

The therapies I use include the following which is considered gold standard treatment in behavioral health:

For PTSD and trauma I use and I'm extensively trained in EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing therapy (EMDR); or Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) — which ever my client prefers. For trauma you need to have a therapy that specifically targets trauma and will help you re-process your memories — so you can remember them, but that they are no longer painful or causing you destructive symptoms. Just traditional talk therapy does not help with trauma and can often make your symptoms worse. For depression and anxiety and other non-trauma issues, I utilize and am extensively trained in cognitive behavioral Therapy (CBT) — which is the most widely used and effective therapy in America and throughout the world today. I also use other tried and true evidence-based therapies.

For the last 10 years I worked in behavioral health at the largest American Army Post in the world, where I had the privilege of treating active duty military, mostly army, for PTSD depression, anxiety and other behavioral health problems.

Before that, I worked at the psychiatric hospital for Yale medical school, Yale University.

I have extensive experience in behavioral health and have treated thousands of patients in my career.

Services I Provide

  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Languages

  • English

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Hoarding
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Energy Psychology
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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