MCSWEENEY, MSW, LGSW.
BETH KANTER, LICSW.
Ellen McSweeney, MSW, LGSW
Therapist in Washington DC
My Therapy Specialties
You are the expert on your life. As a therapist, I see it as my job to support your natural capacity to heal from adversity, increase resilience, and become more fully yourself.
Grief and Loss Counseling, Healing From Trauma (e.g. Childhood Trauma) and More
I specialize in helping people with the impacts of grief and loss, traumatic events, or difficult experiences in childhood. These impacts can include anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-esteem issues, and physical health challenges. As we work together, you can expect greater calm and well-being, to find relief from painful memories, to get to the bottom of painful relationship patterns, and to feel more joy and hope for the future.
I welcome the LGBTQ community and am attuned to the particular challenges they may face. I also have an interest in serving those who are spiritually inclined, those who identify as activists, and those in the helping professions.
Therapy With Me in Washington DC
Therapy is different for each and every person. I offer a variety of approaches, from traditional talk therapy to creative strategies such as art, movement, or meditation. My first priority is to develop a trusting relationship with you, so that what feels difficult to say can be said. In this environment of safety and respect, self-discovery and healing can take place.
I hold a master’s degree in clinical social work from Catholic University, and completed a year-long graduate training program focused on grief and trauma at the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. I have been fortunate to receive hundreds of hours of training in mind-body healing work, including Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and the practice of silent meditation retreat. These experiences have been essential to my personal and professional growth.
In my previous career, I worked as a classical violinist, vocalist, and writer, traveling across the U.S. and abroad to perform and share my creative work. I also spent a year working as an arts educator in Arusha, Tanzania.