Ellie Tripp, Psy.D.
Supervised by Kruti Patel, Ph.D.
I know from personal experience that finding a therapist can often feel overwhelming, intimidating, and sometimes downright frustrating. My hope is that the following information will help you to get a better sense of who I am and if we would potentially be a good fit!
I deeply respect the courage and vulnerability it takes to seek therapy and engage in self-exploration, and I am aware that this process is not always comfortable. As we begin our work together, I like to get a sense of not only what brought you to therapy but also what your hopes and goals are for this investment in yourself. Sometimes these can be difficult to identify – symptom relief, underlying origins of symptoms, deeper personal exploration and understanding – and my aim is to help you determine what goals are true for you.
In therapy, I take an integrative approach grounded in interpersonal process and feminist theories, and I utilize emotion-focused, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapeutic interventions. Generally, what this means is that my overall approach to therapy is collaborative, relational, and individually tailored to you. I strive to create an affirming environment in which you can feel deeply understood and seen, and my hope is that we can build a strong therapeutic relationship – a key factor to effective therapy. By having an empathic and authentic space to grow, I believe that people can then feel safe to more deeply understand their patterns while exploring and experiencing their emotions without fear of judgment. Additionally, I take an empowering approach that is grounded in cultural humility and social justice. This means that I am committed to examining systems of power and oppression that may be contributing to distress and marginalization. I strive to consistently examine the ways in which my intersecting identities of privilege and oppression present in the room as well as how these interact with your intersecting identities.
As a generalist, I have experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use disorders, family-of-origin and relationship issues, experiences of marginalization, identity development and exploration, emerging adulthood, and grief and loss (including survivors of suicide loss). Some more specific areas of clinical interest are expanded upon below.
Areas of Clinical Interest
Mindfulness, Self-Compassion, and Shame Resilience
Research indicates that shame – or that deeply painful feeling that if people really knew you, they would not love or accept you – is a predominant contributing factor to a variety of mental health concerns, relationship issues, and maladaptive coping. While it isn’t possible to completely eradicate shame, it is possible to become more resilient to it. Gaining an understanding of what shame is and how to identify it, what prompts feelings of shame for you personally, and how you respond when experiencing shame are all skills associated with shame resilience. Additionally, developing coping skills that help to increase empathy, self-compassion, and mindfulness can increase shame resilience, improve coping, and foster more fulfilling and authentic relationships.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am passionate about providing an affirming space for people to grow more fully into themselves. I have worked with LGBTQ+-identified people as they navigated exploring their gender and sexuality, the coming out process, transitioning, and healing from discriminatory experiences as well as more general concerns such as family and relationship issues, anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance use.
Concerns Related to Alcohol Use
People use alcohol for many reasons – to unwind and “take the edge off,” to navigate social situations, or to feel less inhibited, to name a few. Sometimes, alcohol use becomes a tool for numbing difficult emotions or avoiding tough situations, and drinking becomes a habit that no longer feels healthy or sustainable. Due to the stigma regarding alcohol use disorders (historically referred to as alcoholism), it is extremely common for people to want to avoid looking at their pattern of use. But, setting all diagnoses and labels aside, maybe you have realized your drinking habits are moving in a direction that is no longer working for you, and maybe you are starting to ask yourself if alcohol is interfering with your ability to live a fulfilling life. If so, I commend your courage in looking at your relationship with alcohol – as a person in long-term recovery, I know that this is not easy to do.
If you are wanting or needing to explore your relationship with alcohol or are already in recovery, I would be honored to meet you wherever you are in your process. I take a holistic approach to addiction from a harm reduction framework, meaning we get to explore patterns and behaviors to see if there are alternatives to minimize any harm that alcohol use is causing. Maybe that means abstaining completely, or maybe it means developing additional coping strategies, discovering the reasons underlying patterns of use, and generally exploring your relationship with alcohol. If we determine that total abstinence is warranted, we can explore together the safest options for you and if additional referrals are needed – my top priority is for your safety and wellbeing.
I was raised in a small town in northwestern WI. I went on to attend Barnard College in New York, NY, and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with an emphasis on mental health and culture. I then spent several years traveling and working to support the next adventure, from sailing along the East Coast to backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia. While it was an exciting and interesting way to live, I felt a lack of passion and purpose, eventually realizing I wanted to become a psychologist. After gaining work, research, and volunteer experience, I enrolled in Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology. I earned my Master of Psychology and Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, and I completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at the University of Tennessee Knoxville Student Counseling Center. In my clinical training, I provided individual, group, and couples therapy as well as assessment, outreach, and crisis intervention in juvenile justice, community mental health, and university counseling centers. I sought postdoctoral training at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy for additional education in attachment theory, mindfulness, and interpersonal neurobiology specifically. Additionally, part of my practice as a psychologist is taking personal responsibility in continually doing my own internal work, including my own therapy as needed, a daily mindfulness practice, and a commitment to cultural humility and social justice.
In my spare time, I enjoy hearing live music, reading, long walks in new neighborhoods, listening to podcasts, eating (and learning to cook) delicious food, spending time on or near the water, and being with my people.