Ellen Crump, MSW, Ph.D.
Thrive for Change 64 Hatt St.
Dundas, Ontario, Canada
Ellen Crump is Child and Family Counselor and Certified Parent Coach in Dundas Ontario. Her varied background includes positions as a lay minister with the United Church of Canada, private school Director, entrepreneur, and educator. Her present work is with children, youth, and families. So many children present with low self-image, low confidence and are challenged by social acceptance and life acceptance. Ellen works with children and teens experiencing varied life challenges presenting as anxiety, depression and self-harm while supporting parents to deal with and better understand the challenges faced by their children.
Ellen embraced the ideas of social construction as a social/relational philosophy as a means to find generative and positive ways to support girls in her practice. This interest led to her Ph.D. research with Taos Institute. Her dissertation, “Girls Falling Off: Therapeutic Practices that Matter,” offered a poignant view of what it means to be a girl in our culture, while focusing on how we as a society understand agency and formulate identity has a profound impact on girls. Collaborating with therapists and scholars, Ellen elaborated many meaningful ways therapists could support girls’ development as relational beings within the context of therapeutic practice.