Ellie Lucas- LICSW
Mental Health Therapist
Ellie received her Bachelors in Psychology from Bloomsburg University in PA, and her Masters in Social Work from Temple University also in PA. She is Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Her background in social work has trained her to consider not only a person’s “internal struggles” but also their work, community, environment, family history and policy. When working with a client who speaks Spanish, she considers the client’s culture as part of the treatment plan.
Though she says she’s always had an inclination to listen to people, and give them support. It was an “aha” moment, as an undergraduate in a mental health clubhouse, where she was inspired to learn how recovery and mental health go hand-in-hand. This led her away from the experimental side of psychology and to change her interest to clinical social work in order to become a therapist. Now she’s excited to continue learning and growing as a therapist. She says that she enjoys the diversity that each client brings to the session and the changes that clients make when they do their work keeps her excited and is the reason why she keeps coming back to therapy.
Mental Health Therapist
“A coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero, but once.”-William Shakespeare
Elizabeth was born and raised in Tacoma. She’s an avid gardener and loves growing flowers. Elizabeth also loves crafting and bringing creativity to everything that she does. Though she enjoys travel and time spent in nature doing things like camping, hiking and canoeing, some of her favorite indoor activities are studying genealogy and researching topics that interest her. Another indoor activity that she loves tends to draw a lot of people to her because it’s cooking and baking. Her specialties are biscuits and gravy, seafood dishes, steak, etc. At one time she even enjoyed working at a small bakery.
Her favorite quote (shown above) is from Shakespeare’s’ Julius Caesar, as she sees it is about not living in fear but stepping up to the plate and doing your best. Not projecting that fear into the future on things that may or may not ever happen. She believes that you must be present and face things as they are.
She says that her highest achievement has been raising her kids. She’s done this by “not trying to program them to her preferences,” but by doing what she says is her “job to help them explore their passions and interest so they can self-actualize.”
Here are a few of her professional achievements and education:
Child Welfare Training Advancement Program-Exceptional Scholar 2008
BA-Prescott College-Arizona MSW-University of Washington-Seattle
Worked for DCYF for 5.5 years as a Children and Family Welfare Services worker. Family reunification and permanency for children.