Ellen McSweeney, MSW, LGSW is a psychotherapist, writer, musician, and teacher whose wide-ranging career has bridged art, healing, and justice. She holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and practices at the Center for Effective Psychological Services.
Ellen began training as a therapist when she discovered a passion for healing trauma. This inspiration came after a decade of studying contemplative mind-body practices in pursuit of her own healing. She completed a yearlong training program at the Wendt Center for Loss & Healing, where she provided grief and trauma therapy to a diverse array of clients, and has completed hundreds of hours of training in meditation and movement, including Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. She is also a frequent student at the Insight Meditation Society. Ellen has taught meditation and yoga at music conferences, in the D.C. public schools, and in psychotherapy groups.
In her first career as a violinist, Ellen traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad to perform and teach. Her writing has been published in Slate, VAN Magazine, and NewMusicBox, among others. She lives in Washington, D.C.