ELLIE LARSEN, MA
I am from Sioux Falls and have many family ties in the area. I graduated from USD with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in alcohol & drug studies. I graduated with my Master’s in Marriage & Family Counseling from what is now Sioux Falls Seminary in 2003.
I am licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor Level III. I am also a Qualified Mental Health Professional, Certified Level II Gottman Marriage Therapist, completed a sexual addictions training by the American Association of Christian Counselors and am part of a team that has been awarded Sioux Falls Local Best for Marriage & Family Counselor's the past 8 years!
I have experience providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults in an individual, family, and group setting. Special areas of interest are working with adolescents and adults in areas of abuse, alcohol and drug use/abuse and trauma, parent-child problems, as well as couple's work and sexual addiction. I also am capable of performing Treatment Needs Assessments for the courts or for individual purposes to assess for any abuse or dependency issue to mood altering substances and provide a non-traditional approach to chemical dependency outpatient therapy was well as aftercare.
I have been an advocate for women and children and was a member of the team involved in the litigation of South Dakota's HB 1166, which involved the rights of pregnant women. I have been involved with a local Mothers of Preschoolers Group for the past four years; serving as the coordinator for the last two years.
If you find yourself, a friend or a loved one struggling in a relationship or with life; I can help. Please call to schedule an appointment with me today.
I am available for community outreach services, seminars, public information and education services.
Specialties: I received my Master's Degree in Marriage and Family counseling and am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Addiction Counselor. I am also a Qualified Mental Health Professional and completed Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I also practice EMDR therapy and received my EMDR Training Certificate of Completion from the Maiberger Institute, and EMDRIA approved provider of EMDR trainings.