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Personal Counselling

Counselling works to alleviate your experience of depression, burnout, anxiety, or struggle. It addresses what life factors influenced you to get to where you find yourself right now. It can include a discussion of your self-esteem, your connection to friends and family, love relationships, work experiences, spirituality, as well as family of origin, culture, and childhood experiences. Your perceptions, thought (More...)

Career Counselling

The career aspect of counselling involves an exploration of your interests, personality, and values. We will discuss your talents and aptitudes as well as your preferred ways of being in the world. For lawyers and law students, it can involve finding your fit within the legal profession or assistance with career transition.

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Psychometric Assessments

Psychometric assessments assist clients to learn more about themselves and their interests. They are conveniently completed online, on your own time, and then interpreted for you in a subsequent personal, or career, counselling session. The following interest and personality assessments have benefited clients.

Career Interest Profiler

This assessment is used to identify career choices if you are searching for a career direction. (More...)

Personal Counselling

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Counselling works to alleviate your experience of depression, burnout, anxiety, or struggle. It addresses what life factors influenced you to get to where you find yourself right now. It can include a discussion of your self-esteem, your connection to friends and family, love relationships, work experiences, spirituality, as well as family of origin, culture, and childhood experiences. Your perceptions, thought processes, behaviours, and motivations will also be explored.

Prior to our first meeting, I will send you a consent form that outlines the confidentiality of the counselling process.  The first time we meet, I’ll have you tell me your story, what you are experiencing, and what’s going on in your life. From there, I help you articulate your goal(s) and we set out to reach them. Most clients report feeling “lighter” after our first meeting, as if a load was taken off their shoulders. Clients often report improvement with 3-5 sessions, over which they debrief their life experiences, process their perspectives, and activate towards a positive and meaningful future.

Cost: $130 for a 1.0 hour telephone, Skype, or Facetime session.

Payment is to be made at the end of our session by credit card. I will email you a receipt that can be used towards your extended health care plan. Please check with your plan ahead of time to see if the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor or Canadian Certified Counsellor are covered.

Please provide 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment, otherwise half of the fee for the missed session will be charged.

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Career Counselling

Click here to email Ellen

The career aspect of counselling involves an exploration of your interests, personality, and values. We will discuss your talents and aptitudes as well as your preferred ways of being in the world. For lawyers and law students, it can involve finding your fit within the legal profession or assistance with career transition.

Prior to our first meeting, I will send you a consent form that outlines the confidentiality of the counselling process. When we have our first meeting, I’ll be interested in hearing about your current career experience, the path you journeyed to get to where you are now (such as past experiences with work, education, and family influences), as well as your hopes and ideas for what you want in the future from your career and life. From there, we will collaboratively create career exploration or transition goals. I often recommend the completion of reflective exercises in-between sessions. Clients often report feeling a sense of excitement and hope after our first meeting.

As part of your career counselling experience, I offer you the option of completing psychometric assessments. We can review current labour market information so that you are apprised of salary expectations and job opportunities for the occupations you are most interested in. I can show you how to research educational opportunities in the fields you are interested in studying.

We can also review your resume together to ensure it includes your personality qualities and strengths in addition to your work experiences so that it is a genuine representation of YOU! Strategies to tailor your resume to online application formats can also be discussed.

Please email your resume in advance of our first meeting.

Cost: $130 for a 1.0 hour telephone, Skype, or Facetime session.

Payment is to be made at the end of our session by credit card. I will email you a receipt that can be used towards your extended health care plan. Please check with your plan ahead of time to see if the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor or Canadian Certified Counsellor are covered.

Please provide 24 hours notice to cancel an appointment, otherwise half of the fee for the missed session will be charged.

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Psychometric Assessments

Click here to email Ellen

Psychometric assessments assist clients to learn more about themselves and their interests. They are conveniently completed online, on your own time, and then interpreted for you in a subsequent personal, or career, counselling session. The following interest and personality assessments have benefited clients.

Career Interest Profiler

This assessment is used to identify career choices if you are searching for a career direction. It measures your traits among six occupational categories and suggests 20-40 careers that fit your identified interests. The report includes job descriptions, links to the National Occupational Classification databases, job boards, and labour market information. Additionally, it has helpful information and exercises for further career exploration.

 

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) is an assessment of personality type.  It describes your preferences for interacting with others, gathering information, making decisions, and organizing your life.


Cost: $75 per assessment. Fees for psychometric assessments are due prior to their administration and do not include the cost of in-session interpretation. Payment is accepted by credit card and a receipt will be provided for extended health care plans. Please check with your plan in ahead of time to see if the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor or Canadian Certified Counsellor are covered.

As a qualified assessor, I can also administer any further assessment listed at psychometrics.com.

Find out more about career options in Canada by going to the National Occupancy Classification.

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About


I believe burnout can serve as a purposeful rest needed to re-embody and reclaim our spirit and that anxiety can be harnessed to provide wisdom and a roadmap to contentment. With this philosophical approach, I facilitate investigative journeys into the felt experiences of my clients. Every person has a time in their life when they feel distanced from their best (More...)


Ellen V Schlesinger, JD, MA
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Certified Clinical Counsellor

About Ellen V. Schlesinger

I believe burnout can serve as a purposeful rest needed to re-embody and reclaim our spirit and that anxiety can be harnessed to provide wisdom and a roadmap to contentment. With this philosophical approach, I facilitate investigative journeys into the felt experiences of my clients. Every person has a time in their life when they feel distanced from their best selves or their life purpose. I help clients reconnect with their wellbeing and feel empowered and emboldened by possibility. Hi! I’m Ellen and I specialize in working with professionals, lawyers, and law students to alleviate depressed mood, relieve anxiety, revive from burnout, explore career options, or assist with career transition.

Prior to completing a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, I worked in the legal profession for eight years. I earned a Juris Doctor, articled at a national firm, and then worked as a research consultant in the field of Aboriginal rights litigation.

I love my current career as a counsellor! It’s incredibly rewarding, challenging, and never boring. When I was contemplating my career transition from law, I went to a career counsellor who did a great job of honing in on my interest in helping people, but the practical aspects of a career transition (such as the financial impact and future job opportunities) were never covered, neither was exploring a broader spectrum of what my aptitudes may encompass. These, I know now, are incredibly important avenues to consider and I have many tools for clients to evaluate them.

In addition to my private practice, I currently work with JD and LLM students at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, in my capacity as an embedded mental health counsellor and career advisor. Previously, I held positions at Vancouver Coastal Health, within several of their public health programs. As part of Vancouver Adult Mental Health Intake, I routinely screened young adults and adults for suicide risk, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, and addictions, and treated these clients within an interdisciplinary treatment team of psychiatrists, nurses, and social workers. I’ve worked at the intersection of mental health and law, at Vancouver’s Downtown Community Court coordinating the care of clients engaged in the criminal justice system and affected by substance use, poverty, and trauma. Through my past employment at Sheway, I’ve supported women on the downtown east side who were pregnant or parenting and whose lives were affected by current or past substance use, sex work, or the continued inter-generational trauma of residential schools.

While completing my graduate degree in counselling, I administered psychometric assessments related to career interests, intellectual aptitudes, and personality preferences to clients who survived traumatic injuries for use in their personal litigation. My clinical counselling practicum was completed at The Adler Centre, a clinic specializing in providing therapeutic services to low income clients.

As an adjunct instructor at the Adler University, I creatively designed and delivered graduate course instruction in career counselling and assessment, counselling theories, and counselling skills. I aim to foster a climate of inclusivity and curiosity in the classrooms while passionately delivering the material. Here is what some of the students had to say about my teaching:

“Material was presented in such a holistic, interesting way – Loved it! Great Teacher!”

“Ellen is very personable and passionate about the subject matter. Easy to understand and learn from Ellen. She is helpful and answers all inquiries in depth – in class and outside of class.”

“Learning about careers was very relevant and I can see how useful the subject matter will be in my future practice.”

“Professor was clearly passionate about the course and about teaching. She was also supportive, encouraging and inclusive in her approach.”

“She is organized, always has a teaching plan, and is supportive.”

“Great enthusiasm, related well to the students, very professional and friendly at the same time, went through a lot of effort to make the class interesting.”

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Contact

Speaking Engagements

“The Power of Creative Thinking”, Peter Allard School of Law, Alumni Event, Toronto, November 2016.

“Inviting Conversations about Mental Health with Law Students and Lawyers: Clinical Counseling Skills for the Legal Career Professional”, National Association of Law Placement, Annual Education Conference, San Francisco, April 2017.

“Counseling the Silent Majority: Guiding students with accommodations successfully through Law School & Beyond”, National Association of Law Placement, Annual Education Conference, San Francisco, April 2017.

Past Speaking Engagements

Publications

Schlesinger, E. and Butterfield, L. (2015). Non-practicing Female Lawyers: Why did they leave and where are they now? Canadian Journal of Career Development

Past Speaking Engagements

“Counselling Psychology Skills and Career Counselling Activities for Legal Career Advising”, National Association of Law Placement, Annual Education Conference, Boston, April 2016. 

“Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Burnout in the Legal Profession”,
Body of Law Conference, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, February 2014.

“Qualitative Research in Career Transitions”,
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Annual Conference, May 2013.

“How to Give Effective Feedback”,
Professional Development Managers Network – Vancouver Law Firms, March 2013.

“How to Recognize and Support Colleagues Experiencing Depression, Burnout, & Anxiety”,
Lawyers Assistance Program, Volunteers Retreat, March 2013.

“How to perform a Suicidal Risk Assessment”,
Lawyers Assistance Program, Volunteers Retreat, March 2013.

“Non-practicing Female Lawyers: Why did they leave and where are they now?”
BC Counselling Psychology Research Conference, March 2013;
Lawyers Assistance Program, December 2012;
Law Society of British Columbia, September 2012.

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