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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 and childhood experiences. Your perceptions, thought processes, (More...)

Career Counselling

The career aspect of counselling involves an exploration of your interests, personality preferences, and values. For lawyers and law students, it can involve finding your fit within the legal profession or assistance with career transition.

When I first meet with you, I’ll be interested in knowing more about your current career experience, the path you journeyed to get to where you (More...)

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 and childhood experiences. Your perceptions, thought processes, behaviours, and motivations in relation to your current challenges will also be examined.

The first time we meet, I’ll go over the confidentiality of the counselling process, ask you a few initial intake questions, and then have you tell me what’s going on in your life. From there, I help you articulate your goal(s) and we set out to reach them.

Please bring a completed intake form in advance of our first meeting.

Cost: $120 for a 1.0 hour telephone session.

Credit card payment is available. A receipt can be provided for extended health care plans. 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 preferences, and values. For lawyers and law students, it can involve finding your fit within the legal profession or assistance with career transition.

When I first meet with you, I’ll be interested in knowing more 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.

As part of your career counselling experience, 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 also 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.

I offer you the option of completing psychometric assessments as part of your career counselling experience. I also may recommend the completion of reflective exercises in-between sessions.

Please bring a current resume as well as a completed intake form. You can also email these in advance of our first meeting.

Cost: $120 for a 1.0 hour telephone session.

Credit card payment is available. A receipt can 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.

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. For a sample Career Interest Profiler assessment result report, click here.

 

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. For a sample MBTI career assessment result report, click here.


Cost: $60 per assessment. Fees for psychometric assessments are due prior to their administration and do not include the cost of in-session interpretation. Credit card payment is available. A receipt can 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 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 my 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. (More...)


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

About Ellen V. Schlesinger

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 really enjoy my current career as a counsellor: it’s incredibly rewarding, never boring, but not without challenges of its own. 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 helping people (in occupations aside from, or related to, counselling) might 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’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 work 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 to clients who survived traumatic personal injuries for use in their personal litigation. My clinical counselling practicum was completed at The Adler Centre, a clinic specializing in providing accessible services to low income clients. I now serve on the board of directors of this non-profit.

As an adjunct instructor at the Adler University, I creatively designed and delivered graduate course instruction in career counselling and counselling theories. 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

“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.

Past Speaking Engagements

Upcoming 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

“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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