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Ellen Hess(She/Her/Hers)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics-Mood disorders-Identity development-Panic attacks / panic disorder-Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)-

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Professional statement

Ellen Hess is a certified EMDR therapist serving Washington and Oregon state. They work with clients struggle with C-PTSD, PTSD or trauma related issues as well as most mental health struggles. Many of Ellen’s clients come in when anxiety, panic, depression, sleep struggles and/or relational struggles. Ellen is particularly passionate about serving childhood trauma and LGBTQ+ populations. They also have advanced training in the areas of CBT for Insomnia and CBT for Psychosis.Ellen Hess is trained in EMDR for trauma and emotional regulation as well as clinical mental health counseling, which uses strength based and skill building approach while providing insight and perspective. In session, Ellen focuses on how you are experiencing the world right now and how your past may be influencing behaviors, believes and emotional stress. This approach supports clients to increase self awareness while allowing input for new perspectives, education and emotional regulation skill building for personal growth. Ellen Hess style is down to earth and direct with gentle humor. When a client first comes in we convers with each other to see where your at and what goals are attainable in short term and long term for both daily struggles and chronic mental health care. Ellen is dedicated to providing a relationship that is honest, nonjudgmental and engaging with direct feedback, clear goals and skills we practice together in session. Ellen Hess received their master degree at Antioch University Seattle in clinical mental health counseling. They gained 9 years of experience at community mental health gaining education and skills working with a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds which enables them to share different perspectives and creative avenues for helping clients navigate life and relational issues. Outside of private practice, they are a Lego Master, gardener/landscaper, watercolor painter, dog trainer and beach walking.

Message to clients

I have a tendency to keep it real and be my authentic self in a professional manner and utilize humor and strength based approaches in the therapy session. I focus with clients on emotional regulation skills in the moment and how to process through concerns and struggles in the moment by learning to notice thoughts, emotions, and where and how these can be experienced in the body.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 10 years

Valley Cities Behavioral health , therapist

Antioch University Seattle , Clinical mental health counseling , 2014
University of Washington , Community Psychology , 2009


Oregon: C6985 - Washington: LH60704304




Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past

LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Mood disorders - Clinical depression, persistent depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders that cause disturbances in the client's mood, causing mood swings, restless sleep, and/or elevated mood

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

Panic attacks / panic disorder - Brief, intense periods of overwhelming fear or anxiety

Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) - Recovering from the impact of long-term, repeated traumatic events, such as emotional abuse and neglect


  • Adults (24+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

I have current opening for folks living in Washington or Oregon state. Afternoons only.


Ellen Hess is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$150 - $200

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I take most PPO insurance through Advekit