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Ellen McSweeney is a social worker-in-training with more than a decade of professional experience as a writer and musician. Her writing has appeared in Slate, VAN Magazine, NewMusicBox, and The Log Journal, among others. As a coach and consultant, she focuses on supporting clients during the writing projects that matter most in their lives.

As a practitioner and writer, Ellen’s varied interests include trauma healing, trauma-informed systems, spirituality (broadly defined!), creativity, workforce resilience, anti-racist work, sexual fluidity, and queer identity.

In her first year social work internship, she served as therapist and case manager to teen mothers in foster care at a residential program called St. Ann’s. In 2018-19, she will be a trainee at the Wendt Center for Loss & Healing, providing grief and trauma therapy to a diverse array of clients from across the District.  She has trained in trauma-sensitive yoga with David Emerson and Jenn Turner, and has taught mind-body practices at New Music Gathering, the Society for Minimalist Music, and music camps for D.C. public school students.

Ellen holds degrees in music from Vanderbilt University and DePaul University, and is a student in Catholic University's Master of Social Work program.