Ellen McSweeney is a writer, musician, and therapist-in-training whose primary interests include trauma, creativity, transformation, and consciousness. As a violinist and vocalist, she has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad to perform, teach, and share her own creative work. Her nonfiction writing has been published in Slate, VAN Magazine, NewMusicBox, and the Log Journal, among others.
Ellen has completed hundreds of hours of training in meditation and yoga practices, including trauma-sensitive yoga. She is a frequent student at the Insight Meditation Society, where her primary teachers have been Christina Feldman, Akincano Weber, Narayan Liebenson, and Yuka Nakamura. Ellen has taught mind-body practices at New Music Gathering, the Society for Minimalist Music, and to D.C. public school students.
In her first year of social work training, she served as therapist and case manager to teen mothers in foster care. In 2018-19, she will be a clinical trainee at the Wendt Center for Loss & Healing, providing grief and trauma therapy to a diverse array of clients. Ellen lives in Washington, D.C.